Parking permit fees
Beginning in August 2020, parking permit fees at the University will increase by three percent across each permit type. The annual dollar increase will range between $1 and $21 depending upon the permit. A breakdown of the increase can be found below.
|Permit Type||Current Fee||Cost Increase (3%)||Permit Cost|
Do we have a shortage of parking spaces on campus?
University Parking and Transportation Services annually conducts five parking-space availability counts to determine how many spaces are available every hour of the day. The results indicate that on the busiest hour of the busiest day, there are still about 870 spaces available. However, it is also true that many of these available spaces are located in the north of campus, which is relatively inconvenient for those who attend classes, work or live in the south end of campus.
As the University continues to grow, Parking and Transportation Services estimate that by FY22, there may only be an estimated 600 remaining parking permits available to be sold as compared to the 1,336 available today. Most of these available spaces are in the north campus while new residence halls and future University growth will occur in the south.
When was the last increase?
The last parking permit fee increase was last year, August 2019. Before that, it was 2011.
Will this be a one-time fee increase?
Because the unit is self-supporting, it does not receive any state funding and must cover the increase in operational expenses through the revenue raised from permit sales. Due to increases in routine operating expenses and rising construction costs, additional funding is needed.
Each spring, Parking and Transportation Services will review and consider the impacts of annual, incremental cost increases or decreases to their program.
What is the University doing to ensure enough parking is available for our growing campus?
Beginning in April 2018, the University began planning and design for a new parking complex. The new Gateway Garage, anticipated to house 700 to 1,000 cars, is in the early stages of design. We anticipate it will be available in summer of 2021 and will provide much needed additional parking on the south side of our campus.
What operational steps are being taken to aid the operational cost of PACKTransit and to improve the shuttle service customer experience?
The shuttle bus service will continue as a basic service when service resumes in August 2020. This service will operate in one continuous loop around campus, serving 12 stops from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
By way of background, the revenue derived from transportation services is not sufficient to cover the expanded service hours provided. As a result, the students of the University were consulted to determine if the expanded hours were important, and if so, would they be willing to pay a fee for the service. Although our students appreciated the expanded shuttle service, in the end, they decided not to fund the expanded hours of operation.
Why are the Yellow, Contractors, Silver Reserved and Department Reserved permit increases higher than other permits?
The Contractor, Silver Reserved, and Department Reserved spaces are not turned over several times per day, resulting in reduced revenue from each of these spaces. Similarly, this low ratio applies to the Yellow permits for residence hall students who park their vehicles overnight and essentially having a reserved space available in a specific lot.