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NEWS | Sept. 28, 2023

Alternate spots available in Parking Garage 1140

By Ben Hutto, PSNS & IMF Public Affairs

In response to the results of the most recent transportation survey, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility is continuing to find ways to help employees utilize alternate commuting solutions and alleviate parking challenges.

The Transportation Working Group has identified a number of transportation and commuting options that are open and underutilized within the command. With the limits on permanent parking spots and off-base options, PSNS & IMF employees have access to open parking on the top three levels of the 1140 Unaccompanied Housing Parking Garage, located on Mahan Avenue near Command University. Many workers assumed the entire garage was reserved for active duty service members, but that isn’t the case.

“NBK provided free parking to improve the quality of life and service to all shipyard employees,” said Para Kan, executive support management and program analyst, Code 1101.2. “The parking garage on Mahan frequently has half of the available parking left unused.”

Employees with parking passes should continue to park at their assigned lots. Additionally, those receiving Transportation Incentive Program benefits, must follow the rules set by TIP in maximizing their commute to work through public transportation options. The open free parking is to accommodate those who have unpredictable schedules and the occasional TIP recipients who must work an odd-shift. Employees who receive TIP benefits can use this parking garage during any temporary off-shift hours.

The parking spots in the garage and the availability of Smart Commuter Option Of Today (SCOOT) vehicles through Kitsap transit, will allow workers with off-base appointments during work hours more options to get to and from locations, instead of having to miss a day of work.

The SCOOT program is a car-sharing program offered in Kitsap County. Individuals who travel to or from work by foot, bike, bus, walking onto a ferry, carpool or vanpool can qualify for this free service once they register as a Smart Commuter. Employees can make requests online and reserve vehicles to use while at work.

“We are listening to what people are asking for,” said Kan. “While we have limited space in and around the shipyard for parking, we are finding alternate solutions to make it easier for employees to come to work.”