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Bus-pass fee to remain the same; parking rates go up

May 13, 2014 By Käri Knutson

Parking garage

Parking rates will rise in 2014-15, as Transportation Services implements the second step of a six-year plan to condense campus parking rate categories.


Transportation Services has announced its rate structures for next year, maintaining the current $24 employee bus-pass fee and raising parking rates.

Many fees will remain the same for the 2014-15 parking year, including:

  • Employee bus pass, $24 
  • Afternoon parking permit, $250 
  • Night surface parking permit, $125
  • Night garage-specific parking permit, $40 

For the 2014-15 parking year, Transportation Services will implement the second step in the six-year plan to condense the campus parking rate categories from three rates down to two rates.

The six-year plan culminates in all Level 1 parking lots being merged into the Level 2 category, and all garages and high-demand lots that are currently in the Level 2 category being merged into the Level 3 category.

By 2018 the plan will align all garages, ramps and high-demand surface lots in one category and all remaining surface lots in another.

The new rate structure was driven by a series of factors, including increased operational and maintenance costs, self-sufficiency, the resources required for long-term support of our functions and programs and increased replacement costs of surface stalls lost to construction and building projects.

This six-year plan provides incremental increases as opposed to a one-time, large-scale increase.

The first step of the incremental adjustments was applied for the 2013-14 parking year.

For the 2014-15 parking year, lots that are continuing to merge to a higher category will see a 10 percent increase and lots that are not changing categories will see a 3 percent increase, as follows:

  • Base Lot Level 1 converting to Level 2 up $59
  • Base Lot Level 2 (with no conversion) up $24
  • Base Lot Level 2 converting to Level 3 up $87
  • Base Lot Level 3 (with no conversion) up $35

Other increases to permit rates that will be effective Sept. 1 include:

  • Motorcycle permits up $3
  • Moped permits up $3
  • Park and ride up $7
  • Department service permits up $30
  • Vendor permit up $50

Transportation Services believes the new rates will better represent the funding levels required to deliver core services.

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