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Published November 03, 2009, 04:53 PM

NEW AUTOMATED PARKING SYSTEM AT UND

An automated parking booth being installed in UND's visitor parking lot may help to cut costs, but its also means parking attendants are losing their jobs. Some aren't happy about it.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

An automated parking booth being installed in UND's visitor parking lot may help to cut costs, but its also means parking attendants are losing their jobs. Some aren't happy about it.

When you drive up to this visitor parking lot at UND, an attendant gives you a ticket and sends you on your way (nats) but not for long. A new automated parking system being installed at UND today means some employees will lose their job to technology.

The new automated parking system may save UND some money, but it also means two part time employees who used to work the parking booth are now without a job.

Don Adams: "Technology is taking over everywhere, I was more dissapointed than mad, I understand but i don't understand where they why they would eliminate people for a machine."

UND insists the automated parking booth will be more cost effective than having employees take money.(nats)

Tim Lee: "The pay station will allow a person in on a 24/7 basis to pull into the lot and to park for an hour or all day. They can go in and buy as much parking time as they want for the day."

A person can drive up, park in any space, put their money in this machine and they'll be given a ticket to put on their dash board. But Adams says his role was more than just collecting money.

Don Adams: We spent time trying to make that a user friendly lot to help people when they come in for enrollment tours, to show the parents where to go."

UND says they like having the attendants there, but the addition of the parking ramp two years ago has cut the visitor lot's demand by 40 percent.

Tim Lee: "It wasn't cost effective to maintain staffing in the pay lot so this one unit will allow us to manage the lot in essentially the same way unfortunately we lose that human contact."

The new system should be running within the next month

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