FAQ

Where can I park?

This article explains how parking works for House Officers.

Parking Lots

P2

P2 is the primary patient and visitors lot for the hospital. House officers should NOT park in this lot except under special circumstances.

1. House Officer Parking Coupon

Commonly referred to as a P2 Parking Pass or Voucher, the House Officer Parking Coupon is used for exit out of the P2 lot. House officers should not park in this lot unless they are assigned to an off-site location and return to the hospital prior to 4:00 pm and cannot find parking in another lot reasonably close to the hospital. If a House Officer is returning after 4:00 pm, they have access to the staff section of P3.

2. Out of Pocket

You are paying for parking out of pocket because you, for example, are coming to the hospital for your own medical appointment.

P3

P3 is a dual purpose lot that contains both patient/visitor parking and staff parking. House officers should NOT park in this lot except under special circumstances.

1. After Hours Parking (Overnight Parking)

All House Officers have access to P3 so long as you enter after 4:00 pm, and exit before 9:00 am. 

  • For example, any House Officer working in the evening or overnight whose shift allows them to enter P3 after 4:00 pm and leave before 9:00 am the next morning. Or you are coming to the hospital in the morning and will be LEAVING BY 9AM -- eg. for rounds or conference before going to an off-site assignment.  If you stay past 9:00 am you will not be able to exit the lot, and you may put your parking privileges in jeopardy.
     
  • What you may not do, is be parked in P3 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. For example, you work during the day and arrive at the hospital in the morning before 9:00 am, and you leave after 4:00 pm. Parking and Transportation Services monitors for this behavior, and when caught, your parking privileges will be in jeopardy.
     
  • Remember:
    It is "enter after 4PM and exit before 9AM" not "enter before 9AM and exit after 4PM."
     
  • House officers parking in P3 after hours (between 4:00 pm and 9:00 am), should park in a "Blue Parking Program" spot. If there are not "Blue Parking Program" spots available, park in a patient/visitor spot in P3. For clarification around "COPH" spots, please see the "COPH" section below.
     

2. 24/7 P3 Access

Parking in P3 during the day requires special 24/7 access assigned by your program.

  • House officers parking in P3 with 24/7 access, should park in a "Blue Parking Program" spot. If there are not "Blue Parking Program" spots available, park in a patient/visitor spot in P3. For clarification around "COPH" spots, please see the "COPH" section below.

3. Out of Pocket

You took a spitter ticket and are you are paying out of pocket because you, for example, are coming to the hospital for your own medical appointment. You entered into P2 and it was full so you crossed into P3. You should cross back over to P2 when you exit. You should NOT park in a "Blue Parking Program" spot, and instead should park in a patient/visitor spot.

Catherine

The Catherine structure requires a Blue Pass (or above) for entry and exit between the hours of 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. The gates are up during night hours. Catherine is connected to Ann via the bottom level and level 5.

Ann

The Ann structure requires a Blue Pass (or above) for entry and exit between the hours of 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. The gates are up during night hours. Ann is connected to Catherine via the bottom level and level 5.

Glen

The Glen structure requires a Blue Pass (or above) for entry and exit between the hours of 6:00 am - 5:00 pm. The gates are up during night hours. There is a sky bridge from the Glen structure to an entrance of the Medical School. For clarification around "COPH" spots, please see the "COPH" section below.

Access to Medical School

For safety and comfort reasons, in order to avoid house officers having to walk further than absolutely necessary in the dark or the cold in the early morning or late evening, the HOA has asked that all house officers be given access to the M-card reader at the entrance to the medical school beneath the Taubman medical library.  Any house officers having difficulty with access should contact their department administration.  Contact Robin if your administration is unable to help you with access.

COVID-19

Access to the medical school is currently limited as many entrances are closed due to the University's COVID-19 response. At this time house officers should continue to have access to Med-Sci, expect to be screened either upon entering Med-Sci, or when you get to the Cancer Center.

Other Information

For those house officers whose programs require them to purchase a blue AVI, parking is available in P1, P3, P4, and P5, depending on availability and what your program has arranged for you. Please consult your program coordinator or their designee for specific access questions.

COPH (do not park)

House officers (or any other parkers) who have Blue parking permits are NOT allowed to park in COPH spots. The Community Physician Parking program requires a special permit.

The messaging from the University during the parking changes of August/September 2019 was unclear, so there has been some confusion. There are spots in P3 marked with blue signs that read "Blue & COPH Parking Programs," and others marked with red signs that read "COPH." House officers are allowed to park in the former because those spots are dual-purpose (blue permits, and COPH permits). The latter are single-purpose and are for COPH permits only.

Parking spots like those found in the Glen structure only read "COPH," so a blue permit parker is not allowed to use the space. Please do not be confused by the blue color of the sign.

 

Contract Language

ARTICLE XIX. PARKING

The Association and the Employer agree to review all House Officer Parking Programs on a quarterly basis through the Labor-Management Committee (LMC). Under this Agreement, House Officers have three (3) different parking programs in order to meet the unique parking needs related to House Officers' work schedules and rotations, as well as access to the emergency entrance valet, as outlined in paragraph 174. These three (3) programs are referred to as the 24/7 Access Program, the After-Hours Access Program, and Coupon Access Program.

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24/7 Access Program. The Employer currently provides designated parking in the form of 24/7 access to the P3 or P5 parking structures, with such access being provided to three hundred eighty-eight (388) eligible Employees at any given time. The Employer retains the discretion to determine the location of the 24/7 Access Program, or any portion thereof, within any of the follow structures; P1, P2, P3, P4, and P5. Further, it is understood that this 24/7 access remains available only for Employees who meet certain agreed upon criteria during a given period of time.

167
Programs can request access for qualifying House Officers no more frequently than every two (2) weeks. In order to participate, possession of an annual Blue AVI permit or a monthly Blue parking permit is required.

168
House Officers must park in spaces signed for program use and can only overflow into Visitor Parking when assigned structures become full.

169
House Officers must use the entrance/exit lanes assigned for this parking program.

170
The Employer and the Association shall, through the Labor-Management Committee (LMC), jointly review the allocation of available P3 24-Hour parking access between programs, and agree upon any changes to those allocations by May 30 of each year.

171
Individual programs with an allocation of 24-Hour parking shall have discretion to determine the criteria by which access will be distributed among House Officers in the program, but shall base such decisions on which House Officers have the most need for access to parking during peak weekday business hours. Program Directors, or their designees, shall obtain input from Chief Residents and other House Officers in the program in making such determinations, but remain responsible for oversight of this process and final decision-making.

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After-Hours Access Program. The Employer will provide access to P3 between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends. Logistics, Parking, and Transportation Services staff personnel may program this access onto the House Officer's annual Blue permit or on the House Officer's UMID badge (MCard) if they do not have a Blue permit. House Officers must park in spaces signed for program use at P3 and can only overflow into P3 patient/visitor parking or P2 when P3 becomes full. There is strict oversight of this program. Violators may face disciplinary action and/or lose their access. Employees must use the entrance/exit lanes assigned for this parking program.

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Coupon Access Program. An Employee who has been assigned to an off-site location and is required to return to the Hospital prior to 4:00 p.m. (given that at 4:00pm they will have access to P3) will not have to pay for parking fees incurred in the Patient/Visitor Parking Structure (P2) during the required return period. This provision is intended for occasional, short-term parking and is not to be used for all-day parking. Exit from the parking structure will require a parking coupon with QR code, available primarily through their individual Program Administrators or the Program Administrator's designees. If the Program Administrator is not available, the parking vouchers will be available at the main entrance desk located on floor 1 of the Taubman Center prior to leaving the parking area.

174
Employees who are called to the Hospital for an emergency consult, whether in the Emergency Department or on a service, may use valet parking at the Emergency Entrance at no expense. Employees must provide the valet attendant with proper identification and indicate which service the consult is related to.

175
All House Officers with a House Officer level of HO6 and above are eligible to purchase a Gold parking permit.

176
The Employer reserves the right to modify this arrangement upon two (2) weeks' notice to the Association; provided, however that no such notice will be given until the Association has had the opportunity to discuss the matter with the University in an effort to solve the problem. While the Employer cannot foresee every reason for modification, modification will not be unreasonably exercised, i.e., will not be exercised without good reason. It is understood that impact on Patient/Visitor parking needs would be reason for modification. In any case, however, abuse of this arrangement shall always be reason for modifying the current arrangement. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this paragraph, the number of Employees who may be eligible for 24/7 access at any given time shall not be less than the current number of three hundred eighty-eight (388) during the term of this Agreement without prior agreement of the Association.

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Parking & Transportation Services will communicate changes to parking structures and parking processes to the HOA Board at least two (2) weeks prior to any change. At this point, one (1) parking services contact individual will be identified to communicate with the HOA Board during the transition period, which will begin two (2) weeks before the change and end at a time mutually agreed upon by the HOA Board and the Employer.