April 11, 2003

Top deck of parking garage reopens

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All 125 parking spaces on the top deck of the Vanderbilt University Hospital Parking Garage reopened on Monday, April 7.

The top deck (designated level P-1) has been closed since November 2001 for construction of the Musculoskeletal Institute and the Bill Wilkerson Center.

The 21st Avenue entrance to the top deck was reopened, allowing so-called high-rise vehicles, including vans used by persons with disabilities, to once again park in the garage.

Also beginning Monday, anyone exiting the garage within 15 minutes won’t have to get the parking ticket validated or face a parking charge. This change makes it easier for drivers to use the garage to drop off patients or patient visitors headed to MCE and MAB.

There are 1,025 spaces in the garage. Parking is free for patients and patient visitors with parking ticket validation.

Parking for staff and faculty has over the years moved out of the VUH garage to other campus locations; today there remains a limited number of spaces for night shift nurses.