Richard Sobaram is the Director of the Parking and Transportation Department at the University of Miami and is responsible for all aspects of the parking and transportation program on the University’s Coral Gables campus. This includes a multi-disciplinary permit system, 83 surface lots and 5 multi-level parking facilities, routine and special transportation services, parking enforcement, permit marketing, inventory maintenance, signage, commuter relations, motorist assistance program, customer satisfaction program, and receivables management.
Since joining the department in April 2008, Sobaram has spearheaded several initiatives, including optimizing the on campus shuttle operation, implementing a parking management program whereby permit holders are assigned a parking zone, rather than the proverbial hunting license. This initiative has resulted in a 30% reduction in traffic around campus roadways and a safer environment for pedestrians and bicyclists by eliminating the hunt and peck behavior of drivers with a permit to park anywhere.
Additionally, the very popular Zipcar, car sharing program was launched in August 2008 under Sobaram’s direction and has proven to a valuable service to the UM community. UM now has 17 Zipcars in its fleet, including 15 on the Coral Gables campus and 2 on the Miller School of Medicine campus. It is estimated that for each Zipcar in operation, 15-20 personal cars are taken off the road.
Prior to joining the parking department, Sobaram served as the Safety & Security Coordinator for the housing department at the University of Miami for over 15 years where he managed a campus housing security program comprised of five residential colleges and seven apartment buildings.
Sobaram holds a B.A. in Criminology as well as an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and a M.A. in Business & Organizational Security Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also board certified in Security Management.
|Office:||Parking and Transporation|
|Address:||5807 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33146|