2019-2020 parking permit fee increase
What’s the total increase I can expect to pay for my permit in August 2019?
Beginning in August 2019, parking permit fees at the University will increase by three percent across each permit type. The annual dollar increase will range between $1 and $20 depending upon the permit. A breakdown of the increase can be found below.
List of fees by permit type Permit Type Current Fee % Increase Increase New Fee 8/1/2019 Silver $468 3% $14 $482 Yellow $550 3% $16 $566 Tan $351 3% $10 $361 Green $270 3% $8 $278 Orange $270 3% $8 $278 Blue $147 3% $4 $151 Disabled $147 3% $4 $151 Evening (annual) $147 3% $4 $151 Evening (semester) $74 3% $2 $76 Motorcycle $59 3% $1 $60 Contractor $680 3% $20 $700 Silver Reserved $680 3% $20 $700 Department Reserved $680 3% $20 $700
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.
Will the rate increase include more than just the new parking complex?
Yes, because the University shuttle service, PACKTransit, receives significant financial subsidies from parking operations to operate the bus services. PACKTransit is a costly service and the money used to operate it, is needed to help with deferred maintenance, therefore, additional funding is needed in order to continue service.
When was the last increase?
The last parking permit fee increase was last year, August 2018. Before that, it was 2011, eight years ago.
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, beginning in 2019, 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.
Why do the users of parking services have to pay for the future complex?
Parking and Transportation Services is a self-supporting entity that does not receive state funding. Its primary source of revenue is through permit sales.
During The Great Recession, the University was opposed to raising rates and did not. However, given inflation, bond payments from past garages, deferred maintenance and the high cost to operate the University's shuttle system, it is no longer sustainable to avoid rate increases. In order to help fund the cost of the new parking complex, parking permit fees at the University will increase in August 2019.
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, which was expanded to serve longer hours last year, will return August 2019 to a basic service that will operate in one continuous loop around the campus, serving 12 stops from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 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.
Not all residence hall students receive their first choice of a Yellow permit, forcing them to park elsewhere. Can you do something about that?
The University is actively seeking new ways to accommodate residence hall student parking. Last year (August 2018), spaces on the top floor of the Brain J. Whalen Parking Complex were set aside for residence hall students and additional spaces were made available across from Peavine Hall and in the Sierra Hall Parking Complex.
The current plan for the new parking complex also calls for some of those spaces to allow for overnight parking for students living in the residence halls.