If you have to take the bus or train to visit your parents, how would you rate the connection? If you think the connection is poor, why do you think so? These are two questions from a survey that the university council placed on Facebook and the Maastricht University website this week.
The express train to Brussels is about to be abolished, the bus from Maastricht to Aachen is getting more expensive, the express tram to Hasselt is not planned until 2016, and the number of flight destinations from Maastricht Aachen Airport is limited. “International connections to and from Maastricht are under threat,” says Herman Kingma, chairman of the university council. He thinks that this is not good for an international university. The university council now wants to find out by means of a survey (“a quick impression, not a statistically reliable test”) how great the problem is among students and employees, and what groups are affected most.
The results, which should be ready on 14 November, will be used in discussions on transportation issues that the university council is about to have with the city council and the provincial government.
Meanwhile, during the council meeting on 22 November, the city council will make a decision regarding permanent parking permits for foreign students who commute to Maastricht every day. If the council says ‘yes’, these students will then be able to park their cars in areas around the city centre for 5 euros per month, as from 1 December. Almost a hundred students have already applied for a parking permit for Brusselsepoort, Mariaberg, Villapark or Noorderbrug. If the city council accepts the scheme, they will immediately receive their permits, says Jo Haesen who is responsible within the UM for the student parking project. Other applicants (there are a total of 325 places available) may apply to email@example.com