UT to implement parking changes for fall 2017

April 28, 2017 | UToday
By Christine Wasserman

In an effort to reduce vehicle congestion, promote alternative transportation, and move toward more equitable pricing for parking, there will be a number of changes made to parking beginning fall semester.

These modifications were developed with input from nearly 5,000 students, faculty and staff in a parking survey conducted last December.

Beginning July 1, UT parking rates will be:

• “A” permits (faculty and staff), $150 annually;

• “U” permits (faculty and staff), union negotiated rates;

• “E/G” permits (executives and physicians), $225 annually;

• “E-reserved” permits (executives), $400 annually;

• Student permits, $125 per semester; and

• Freshman residential (Scott Park Lot 21), $100 per semester.

Employees with union benefits have the choice of upgrading to an “A” permit or maintaining their current union-negotiated price by using the following lots:

• Lots 18, 25 and 28 on Main Campus;

• Lots 44E, 44B and 46 on Health Science Campus; and

• Lot 22 on Scott Park Campus.

“The parking fee payment option through payroll deduction will be expanded and assessed on a pre-tax basis,” said Larry Kelley, executive vice president for finance and administration. “Implementing the payment as pre-tax will help to reduce the net amount paid by faculty and staff.”

“We’re also working to add special parking areas for those who travel in carpools, and we’ll continue to have the bike share program and transit services for all University faculty, staff and students,” Bonnie Murphy, associate vice president for auxiliary administration, said. “As one of the largest employers in Toledo, UT wants to encourage commuters to consider using greener modes of transportation.”

In addition to the change in parking permit rates, which freezes student fees as UT moves toward a more equitable system, vehicle owners will be required to display printed permits to show that their vehicle is registered.

“There have been no increases in parking rates at UT for more than 10 years, despite parking being one of the only budgetary items that has no other funding source, such as state subsidies,” Kelley said.

“These changes will help to cover costs of maintaining UT lots and aging parking structures. Despite these changes,” he added, “UT still offers some of the lowest parking rates available among universities in our region.”

Additional information about the new parking system will be shared as more details are finalized in the coming weeks.

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