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Move to Medical Campus will mean bigger parking fees for Children's Hospital workers

When 1,400 workers at Women & Children's Hospital move to the hospital's new location on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus later this year, they could face a big bump in their monthly parking ramp fees.

Employees at the Bryant Street hospital pay $57 monthly at the John C. Gallagher Sr. ramp at 499 Elmwood Ave. A night pass for hospital workers who report after 6 p.m. runs $30 monthly at the Gallagher ramp.

On the Medical Campus, where the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will open at 818 Ellicott St. in November, monthly parking permits run $89. Overnight parking from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. is $69 a month.

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. manages the majority of parking on the Medical Campus and says its rates are competitive for downtown parking in Buffalo, said Kari Root Bonaro, communications director for BNMC Inc.

"We expect that the rates for the new parking garage at Ellicott and Goodrich streets will be commensurate with the rates at other BNMC managed lots at the time of the opening," Bonaro said.

Construction on the new parking ramp behind the Oishei hospital is underway. A few levels will be ready by the time the new hospital opens in November, but the ramp will not be fully complete.

The campus has other surface lots and a ramp at Michigan and Goodrich streets.

BNMC Inc., which coordinates infrastructure on campus, have long promoted carpooling, public transportation, as well as bicycling to work to handle the growing campus workforce expected to reach 15,000 by the end of the year. Non-driving commuting options are billed as more cost-effective, healthier and environmentally friendly.

Some campus employers provide transportation subsidies for parking or transit for employees and allow workers to make payments with pre-tax dollars, effectively lowering parking rates, Bonaro noted.

Reporter Karen Robinson covers the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Follow her on twitter at @krobinsonBN or reach her by email at krobinson@buffnews.com.

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