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"There's no place to park!"

Really?

Spaces may be few in areas closest to the center of campus at the most densely scheduled class times, but there's plenty of parking available elsewhere. Space counts, which are taken regularly, prove that UNC Charlotte has sufficient parking for visitors, faculty, staff, and students. Students are the population who most heavily use parking and for whom most of the parking is designated. The most recent space counts in student parking areas show an average of 29% of parking sits empty, even at peak scheduled class times.

Here are the numbers for Spring 2014, Monday - Thursday.* Italicized rows are areas that tend to fill at peak class times. Bold entries have the most parking to spare.

 

Student Parking Space Count, Spring 2014
Location Total Available Unoccupied 10:00 AM Unoccupied 12:00 PM Unoccupied 2:00 PM Unoccupied 4:00 PM Unoccupied 6:00 PM
Lot 26 (at FM/Police Bldg) 86 10 14 6 28 65
North Deck 1171 953 928 928 945 988
Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 497 3 8 12 43 60
Lot 19 (by Union Deck) 261 0 4 4 56 49
Lot 18 (by Union Deck) 94 0 5 3 29 49
Union Deck 682 128 72 20 221 354
CRI Deck 1 1343 1148 1052 1103 1151 1267
CRI Lot 2 128 0 7 8 42 99
Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 174 2 10 4 27 87
Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 27 11 2 1 9 12
West Deck 760 175 45 54 266 472
Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 37 1 1 0 10 33
Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 123 1 1 3 7 23
Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 60 20 30 33 39 49
South Village Deck 1101 599 583 619 645 751
Lot 8 (adjacent to South Village Deck) 238 3 11 13 35 57
Lot 8A (by RDH) 60 0 0 1 3 0
Moore/Sanford U 51 0 0 0 0 0
Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 233 0 1 0 11 8
Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 0 0 1 1
Lot 21 (next to Witherspoon) 134 0 0 1 4 3
Mary Alex (on street) 42 0 0 1 2 1
Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 84 0 0 0 13 28
Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 140 27 29 33 39 42
Greek Village 324 134 144 146 165 178
Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 565 537 513 502 537 550
Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 582 146 38 118 241 331
Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 257 211 132 130 192 230
Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 128 46 14 28 70 102
East Deck 3 804 296 156 234 422 536
East Deck 2 539 3 18 23 101 152
TOTAL 10830 3678 3106 3284 4576 5722

 

The take-away for Commuters:

  • Everyone wants to park as close as they can to their class and most classes are scheduled from about 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Therefore, more students are trying to park in the same places at the same time. Your competition is stiff.
  • Take a look at the Commuter parking areas in bold. Did you know that every one of them has a shuttle stop?
  • For just one day, try parking in Lot 6, North Deck or South Village Deck. The Red Line runs two buses from Lot 6 through the center of campus via the Student Union and out to the CRI campus. You can catch the Green Line from North Deck and both the Yellow and Green Lines from South Village Deck. (There's even a mobile web site and app that shows you where the shuttle is and when it will get to your stop.) It may seem odd to park so far away from your familiar, preferred spots, but just do it ONCE. After you see how easy it is to get from where you've parked to where you're going, it won't be nearly as annoying to park there are days when your favorite parking is full.
  • There's NO REASON to park illegally in a full lot or deck and risk getting a citation and there's NO REASON to circle a deck until you miss class.
  • There are no plans to take down the Belk Tower to put up a 20-story parking deck. Future parking facilities will continue to follow the campus master plan and be placed toward the margins of campus.

Incentive to try parking at one of the least-used areas

The first ten permit-holding Commuters who park in one of the bold areas and Tweet a selfie of their car parked there, mention @unccpats and/or use hashtag #Iparkedfar, will win a deck voucher for one day of free visitor parking at Visitor deck. (Visitor deck areas are at Cone, East 1, Union, CRI 1 and South Village). That might be really nice to have for that day when you're running late.

*Counts taken over a two week period of normal class schedule (no holiday/break).


Dining Hours

What's Open Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 9.

Parking and Transportation Services

  • Parking and Transportation Services will be running normal office and call center hours.
  • Plan to leave your car parked on campus over break? Campus police advise you leave it in Lot 25 or 26 (next to Police HQ). Make sure your vehicle is locked, with valuables removed.

Relaxed Permit Enforcement Monday March 3 - Friday March 7

  • Relaxed enforcement does not mean "free parking," but that permits are not enforced in Commuter (C), Resident (R) and Greek Village (G) non-gated areas through 3/9/14.
  • Fees still apply in decks/lots with Visitor parking.
  • Those with remote discount parking permits (Lot 6A and 27) may park in any Commuter (C) lot.
  • Citations will be issued for illegal parking (e.g., parking in a reserved or handicapped space, line straddling, etc.).

SafeRide

Normal operation for both daytime disability transportation and evening safety service.

Campus Shuttle

Campus Shuttle service ends at 6:00 PM, Friday, February 28. Service will resume Monday, March 10.

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte Bookstore

Fri. Feb. 28 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 1 and Sun. Mar. 2 CLOSED
Mon. Mar. 3 - Fri. Mar. 7 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 8 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun. Mar. 9 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

REPROS Copy Center

Fri. Feb. 28 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 1 and Sun. Mar. 2 CLOSED
Mon. Mar. 3 - Fri. Mar. 7 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 8 CLOSED
 

Mail & Package Services and Union Station

Both to operate on a regular schedule.

Photo meme: Why do UNCC staff love spring break? Short lines at Chick-fil-A and Salsarita's!

 


UPDATE

Dining and Auxiliary Service hours during Februay 14 weather closing

DINING for Friday, Feb. 14

  • RDH will serve until 2:00 PM, then reopen at 5:00 PM (weekend schedule)
  • RDH Outtakes opens at 10:00 AM (closing time TBD)
  • Crown Commons will be open 10:00 AM –8:30 PM
  • Starbucks open (closing time TBD)
  • Mamma Leone's Student Union opens 10:30 AM (closing time TBD)
  • Outtakes in the Student Union open until 10:30 PM

All other retail dining areas (including Outtakes convenience stores) CLOSED although more will open as staff become available. Look for updates here or follow @unccdining on Twitter.

CAMPUS SHUTTLE and SafeRide

  • UPDATE: After reestablishing city routes, CATS has sent one bus to run afternoon shuttle service Friday. It's showing as Yellow #665 on UNCCNextRide app but running a hybrid route of Green and Yellow to connect residence areas on both sides of campus to the Student Union until 5:30 PM. THANK YOU Charlotte Area Transit!
  • There will be no SafeRide daytime disability service nor SafeRide evening transportation service Friday Feb. 14. SafeRide evening tranportation will resume Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6:00 PM.

BARNES & NOBLE AT UNC CHARLOTTE

OPEN 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

REPROS Copy Center

CLOSED Friday. Open 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Saturday Feb. 15


Dining Hours

What's Open Monday, December 9 through Monday, December 23.

Parking and Transportation Services

  • Parking and Transportation Services will be running normal office and call center hours through 5:00 PM December 23, closing for the University's winter break December 24 - January 1.
  • Plan to leave your car parked on campus over break? Campus police advise you leave it in Lot 25 or 26 (next to Police HQ). Make sure your vehicle is locked, with valuables removed.

Relaxed Permit Enforcement now through January 1

  • Relaxed enforcement does not mean "free parking," but that permits are not enforced in Commuter (C), Resident (R) and Greek Village (G) non-gated areas through 1/1/14.
  • Fees still apply in decks/lots with Visitor parking
  • Citations will be issued for illegal parking (e.g., parking in a reserved or handicapped space, line straddling, etc.)

Spring permit sales

  • If you did not purchase a permit in the fall or if you currently hold a permit that's only valid for one semester — such as Night (N) and 2-day permits — purchase your permit for Spring online. Orders placed by December 18 will be mailed to you.
  • Two-day restricted permits (M/W, T/Th) are only good for 1 semester, expiration date 12/31. Two-day permits for Spring semester are available online now. Two-day permits customized for other weekday combinations are available for purchase at the PaTS office.
  • If you purchased a full-time permit and are graduating in December, return your permit to the PaTS Office for a prorated refund see permit refund schedule). DO NOT SELL YOUR PERMIT to another person. Permits are not transferrable.

SafeRide

  • Normal operation for both daytime disability transportation and evening safety service through December 23.
  • Daytime disability service ends at 5:00 PM December 23, 2013; resumes normal operations at 7:30 AM January 2.
  • Evening safety service will end at 2:30 AM December 24, 2013; normal operation resumes at 6:00 PM January 2.

Campus Shuttle

  • Expect regular Campus Shuttle service until 6:00 PM, Friday, December 13. Service will resume Wednesday, January 8.

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte Bookstore

Saturday Dec 21 CLOSED
Thursday Dec 26 and Friday Dec 27 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday  Dec 28 and Sunday Dec 29 CLOSED
Monday Dec 30 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday Dec 31 and Wednesday Jan 1 CLOSED

REPROS Copy Center

Saturday Dec 14 CLOSED
Sunday Dec 15 CLOSED
Monday Dec 16 - Friday Dec 20 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Dec 21 CLOSED
Sunday Dec 22 CLOSED
Monday Dec 23 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday Dec 24 - Wednesday Jan 1 CLOSED
Thursday Jan 2 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday Jan 3 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Jan 4 and Sunday Jan 5 CLOSED
Monday Jan 6 - resume regular hours 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

49erCard and Meal Plans Office

  • Normal operating hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) through Monday, December 23. Closed December 24 - January 1 when the University closes.
  • Form available online to add, change or cancel a meal plan


 


It's probably going to be very quiet on campus next week but if you plan to be around after Tuesday, here's what will be open.

Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore

  • Wednesday November 27: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday November 28 – Sunday December 1: CLOSED

Dining Hours

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27

  • Library Café 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Chick-fil-A Express 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Feisty’s 10:30 AM - 3:00  PM
  • Bistro 49 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Outtakes Student Union 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Starbucks 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28 and FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29

  • UNC Charlotte is closed; no campus dining.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30

  • Library Café 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

SUNDAY DECEMBER 1

  • Library Café 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • RDH, dinner 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Outtakes RDH 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Crown Commons 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Outtakes Student Union 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
  • Starbucks 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wendy’s 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM

Thanksgiving Week Dining: What's Open PDF icon

Campus Shuttle, SafeRide, Parking and Transportation Services

  • No shuttle service Wednesday, November 27; full service resumes Monday, December 2
  • SafeRide service ends at 6:00 PM Wednesday November 27; resumes 6:00 PM Sunday, December 1
  • Relaxed permit enforcement Wednesday, November 27

REPROS Copy Center

  • Wednesday November 27: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • CLOSED Thursday November 28 - Sunday December 1


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Last year, PaTS posted an article about how permit proceeds from that academic year were spent. The bottom line was that in the 2012 fiscal year, permit sales income (which includes all student, faculty and staff permits) was $6.5 million dollars. No question, that’s a lot of money!

Keep in mind though, that almost all the money from parking permit sales and visitor parking charges goes into design and construction of new decks, paying back construction bonds on existing decks, and maintenance/upkeep of all campus lots and decks (replace lights, repair surfaces, repaint stripes, etc.). So in 2012, PaTS spent $3 million in debt payments for decks already built and $4 million toward building the new South Village Deck ($500,000 more than permit sales brought in). 

Here’s the update for fiscal year 2013:

Income: $9.17 million

  • $6.8 million from permit sales
  • The balance was from visitor parking fees, F/S premium gated access, etc.

Operating Expenses: $8.97 million

  • $3.7 million was for debt service on existing decks;
  • $1.3 million for CATS Campus Shuttle;
  • $1 million for major repairs;
  • $935,000 was for salaries (which includes enforcement personnel, most of whom are student workers).

The difference this year may look like a surplus of $205,500 — BUT — there was also $17 million in Capital Projects (CRI 1, North, and South Village decks) and that’s bond money that must be paid back with interest. So the $205,500 will go straight toward future years’ payment of debt service on those decks.

Permit prices are set to support a 10-year business plan that ensures that new decks can be built as enrollment growth demands, that parking removed by new buildings can be replaced, and that existing parking facilities are maintained so as to extend service life.

UNC Charlotte has had to build five parking decks within the last ten years.

And remember:

  • State funds are not used to pay for parking facilities;
  • Tuition dollars don’t supplement parking;
  • Citation fines cannot supplement construction/maintenance of parking lots and decks*;
  • That means that parking has to be self-supporting and that’s what makes permits so expensive. 

Unless/until demand for parking goes down, permit prices may continue to rise, but PaTS is committed to doing everything possible to minimize increases.

PaTS will continue to publish the numbers every year so that you can know where the money goes. We’re also happy to answer your questions about parking. Tweet @unccparking or write pats@uncc.edu.

*PaTS and the University reap no financial benefit from citation fines. Citation proceeds are governed by a State statute (GS 115C-457.1-3 – p. 305) which says that civil fines (i.e., parking tickets), minus the cost of collection, have to be remitted to the State of North Carolina, which then allocates the money to local K-12 public schools. The cost of collection cannot exceed 20% regardless of how much is actually spent to provide enforcement and collect the fines. Unfortunately, it costs PaTS more than the 20% they're allowed to keep to cover the cost of enforcement.

Photo of North Deck at night

Night photo of North Deck


UNC Charlotte’s CRI Deck 1 received an Award of Merit in the Carolina’s Parking Association Awards of Excellence Competition, held September 2013 in Ocean Beach, N.C.

CRI Deck 1 has 1,343 parking spaces and is UNC Charlotte's largest single parking structure. This is the first four bay deck on campus. It was designed with induction lighting, white stained ceilings, integrated bicycle lockers, RFID operated gates, visitor parking with two pay-on-foot kiosks and a large bus pull-off area. The deck is also pre-wired and designed to accommodate electric vehicle chargers in the future. CRI Deck 1 is a cast in place concrete structure with precast exterior designed to match the University's "Morrocroft Red" brick standard. Designed with football also in mind, the deck has an accessible ADA path to Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Photo of CRI Deck 1

UNC Charlotte shares this honor with:

  • LS3P - Architect of Record
  • Carl Walker, Inc. - Structural / Parking Consultant
  • Land Design - Civil / Landscape
  • JE Dunn - Construction

The UNC Charlotte Project team included:

  • Keith Wassum, Associate Vice Chancellor of Business Services
  • Gary Caton, Director of Parking and Transportation Services
  • Nancy Smith, Parking Operations Manager
  • Rick Ellis, Project Manager
  • Jen Evens, Construction Manager

This honor follows North Deck's double recognition last year from Carolina's Parking Association's Awards of Excellence Competition (winning second place), and the International Parking Institute's Awards of Excellence Competition (Award of Merit).


Parts of Cone Deck to close over Fall Break for an engineering inspection.

Monday, October 7: Cone Deck 1, Level 1 (accessed via Lot 7) will close (as shown):

Photo of Cone Deck indicating Deck 1 Level 1 closing

Closed Tuesday, October 8: Cone 1 Level 2 and Cone 2 Level 1 will close (as shown):

Photo of Cone Deck indicating Deck 1 level 2 and Deck 2 level 1 closed

If open deck areas fill during this two-day period, those with F/S permits will be allowed to park in the Visitor-designated area of Cone Deck (Cone 1 Level 3 and Cone 2, Level 2) without charge.

“People who park in Cone Deck have had to put up with a lot of disruption the past few months,” says Nancy Smith of Parking and Transportation Services. “That’s why we’ve scheduled the engineering inspection over the break and are minimizing impact by closing one side at a time.” The upcoming engineering inspection is one more part of a preventative maintenance project that began early last summer. “It’s been a long process,” says Smith, “but we want to make sure that deck functions well for several more years.”


South Village Deck gates activate Monday, September 30

Now that all the connectivity is complete, South Village Deck gates will be down beginning Monday morning. Gates will automatically open for any R, C, or FS permit.

Visitor parking for South Village will continue to be provided at meters in Lot 8 until visitor parking designation, signage and pay-on-foot station in the deck is in place (expected for Spring semester).

Parts of Cone Deck to close over Fall Break for engineering inspection

Monday, October 7: Cone Deck 1, Level 1 (accessed via Lot 7) will close (as shown):

Photo of Cone Decks, indicating Deck1 Level 1 Closed

Tuesday, October 8: Cone 1 Level 2 and Cone 2 Level 1 will close (as shown):

Photo of Cone Deck indicating Deck 1 level 2 and Deck 2 level 1 Closed

If open deck areas fill during this two-day period, those with F/S permits will be allowed to park in the Visitor-designated area of Cone Deck (Cone 1 Level 3 and Cone 2, Level 2) without charge.

“People who park in Cone Deck have had to put up with a lot of disruption the past few months,” says Nancy Smith of Parking and Transportation Services. “That’s why we’ve scheduled the engineering inspection over the break and are minimizing impact by closing one side at a time.”

The upcoming engineering inspection is one more part of a preventative maintenance project that began early last summer. “It’s been a long process,” says Smith, “but we want to make sure that deck functions well for several more years.”


CATS will operate the two inbound trips from Kannapolis and Concord to UNC Charlotte for passengers traveling to the football game and two outbound trips back for passengers to return from the game. 

Route 80X Concord Express will operate from the following park-and-ride lots on Saturday August 31, Saturday September 7, and Saturday September 14:

  • Home Depot Park and Ride, 3333 Cloverleaf Parkway, Kannapolis
  • Big Lots, 280 Highway 29 South, Concord
  • Embassy Suites and Convention Center, 5400 John Q Hammons Dr., Concord [this stop added for games on September 7 and 14]
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy,  Concord

Cost is $4 each way or $8 round-trip. You may pay cash upon boarding the bus or purchase a prepaid round-trip ticket from the Parking and Transportation Services Office at a 10% discount  ($7.20).

 

Game Day Departure Times for Route 80X Concord Express
Home Depot Big Lots CMS Embassy Suites CRI Deck CRI Deck Embassy Suites CMS Big Lots Home Depot
9:30 am 9:40 am 9:50 am 9:52 am 10:06 am 3:30 pm 3:40 pm 3:42 pm 3:57 pm 4:12 pm
10:40 am 10:55 am 11:05 am 11:07 am 11:20 am 4:50 pm 5:00 pm
5:02 pm
5:17 pm 5:30 pm

 

Route 80X Saturday route and park and ride locations map

Route 11 to also provide public transportation access to Charlotte Football games

CATS Route 11 (North Tryon) will provide access to the football game at a very convenient bus stop located on N. Tryon St and Institute Circle every 20-30 minutes between 9:30 am – 11:30 am from Uptown. Following the football game, fans will use the corresponding bus stop at Institute Circle and N. Tryon to travel back to uptown Charlotte every 20-30 beginning at approximately 3:00 pm and will continue to approximately 4:30 pm.

Standard local fare ($2.00 each way) applies.

Route 11 Saturday route and park and ride locations map