Parking tickets rise at E. Michigan under private operator

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - (04/08/19) - A news organization's review has found that parking tickets at Eastern Michigan University have increased at the school since a private company took over enforcement.

MLive.com reports citations issued were up 31.5% overall, from 5,405 issued in fall 2017 to 7,112 in fall 2018. The news organization obtained figures through a Freedom of Information Act request and from LAZ Parking that also show fines collected were higher than the same period a year earlier.

LAZ spokeswoman Mary Brennan Coursey says an increase in citations for parking in a restricted zone were the result of a license plate recognition system installed in an effort make parking enforcement more efficient.

The school got an up-front capital payment of $55 million when it signed a 35-year agreement to monetize its on-campus parking system.

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