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PTS provides parking options for UA graduation


PHOTO courtesy of UA Parking and Transportation Services.

Graduates and family members will have a variety of transportation options available for this year’s commencement.

Undergraduate commencement will be at the Arizona Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Parking will be available at all garages and surface lots at the UA after 3 p.m. that day. Parking will be free, but with some restrictions.

Since commencement is being held at the stadium, portions of Fourth Street and Cherry Avenue near the stadium will be closed for the ceremony.

To assist those who park far away from the stadium, the UA CatTran shuttle will provide rides from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., circulating north on Campbell Avenue to First Street, then down Mountain Avenue to Second Street, south on Cherry Avenue and back to Sixth Street.

Disability parking will be available on the first and second level of the Cherry Avenue Parking Garage. The drop-off area for graduates or family members who are disabled will be in front of McKale Center on Enke Drive.

Once Cherry Garage is full, structured parking will occur lawns near McKale Center, said Elisa Tapia, special events program coordinator for Parking and Transportation Services, in an email.

The UA golf cart service through PTS will also have six golf carts running the day of
commencement, Tapia said. One cart will run from Sixth Street Parking Garage to Gate 12 at the west end of the stadium and another cart will run on the north side of parking lot 6097, on National Championship Drive east of the stadium, to Gate 8, on the southeast corner of the stadium.

Other carts will be driving around campus to help visitors get to the stadium entrances, Tapia added.

Parking south of Sixth Street or on the UA Mall is strongly recommended to avoid traffic, said Bill Davidson, marketing manager for PTS, in an email.

Streetcar construction will not be delayed for commencement, according to Michael Graham, public information officer for the Tucson City Manager’s Office.

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