Parking Services News

November 30, 2016

Relaxed enforcement is in effect Thursday, Dec. 8 through Sunday Jan. 8.

What the means specifically is that:

  • Permits are still required to park
  • Meters are enforced
  • Visitor deck fees must be paid

Any semester or year-long permit is valid 24/7

  • Two-Day permits are valid 7 days per week
  • Night permits are valid at any time

Any valid permit may park in any non-reserved student space

  • Commuter permits may park in Resident and Greek spaces
  • Resident permits may park in Commuter and Greek spaces
  • Greek permits may park in Commuter and Resident spaces
  • Faculty/Staff permits may park in any student space including Lot 16
  • Lot 6A and Lot 27 permits may park in any student space
Temporary (daily) permits are valid ONLY for the days purchased.
Permits are not enforced on weekends after 10:00 PM Friday until 5:00 AM Monday and when the PaTS Call Center is closed.

Reminder about loading and unloading

For short term parking by a building to carry something in or out, call the PaTS Call Center at 704-687-0161. Give your vehicle information and location. You'll be given some direction and 15 minutes to park.

PaTS Call Center line has someone available to help you 24/5 (weekdays from 5:00 AM continuously through 10:00 PM Friday). When in doubt, ASK, please!

Graduating or leaving the University?

Your full-time permit is still worth money! Turn it in to the Parking and Transportation Services office for a partial refund.  Here’s the link to the refund policy and schedule.

Do not sell your permit to another student. UNC Charlotte parking permits may only be bought through PaTS.  Permits are registered to a specific person and vehicle. Selling a permit to someone to whom it’s not registered may subject you and them to fines and other penalties.

Leaving your car on campus over winter break?

A quiet campus can provide criminals with opportunity to strike cars parked in isolation. That's why Lt. Brian Thomas of Campus Police suggests that anyone who is leaving a car on campus over any or all of the break park in Lot 25 over by the Police and Public Safety building and North Deck. There will be a two-story observation tower there and your car will be within sight-line of working officers.  

Questions?

  • Call the PaTS Call Center, 704-687-0161
  • or email pats@uncc.edu
  • We're also on Twitter, @unccparking.

Photo from early 1970's of Cone Deck upper level parking after a snow

Photo: upper level Cone Deck after a snow from early 1970's. The Atkins Library Tower looked a bit dfferent then!





November 8, 2016

There have been recent reports of near-miss accidents and some passengers misunderstanding where the buses may stop. 

Photo of shuttle buses on Craver Rd., with students standing at stops and crossing at crosswalk

Please remember

  • There's a reason why the audio recording says, "Please, do not cross in front of the bus." Unlike school buses, traffic is not required to halt in both directions for municipal buses. Oncoming traffic continues; cars behind a bus may go around and pass.
  • The only time it's OK to cross in front is when the bus is stopped at a traffic light. Even then, use caution and look both ways.
  • Shuttle drivers are only allowed to pick up passengers at marked stops. They are not permitted to pick up or drop off anywhere other than a designated bus stop. (So don't yell at or act snarky to drivers who don't heed your signal to stop. They are following the rules of their job.)
  • NEVER run after or alongside a moving bus once it has left its stop. Take a breath and wait for the next one. The UNCCNextRide app will show you where the next bus is and when it's expected to reach your stop.

More tips

  • Never assume a bus driver sees you. Lampposts, newsstands, sun glare and parked vehicles can obscure driver view.
  • If you bike-n-ride, always approach the bike rack from the curb. When disembarking, let the driver know that you will be removing a bike from the bumper rack.
  • Don’t cross the street between parked cars. 
When you walk between parked cars into traffic, you might not be visible to drivers.

Basic rider etiquette

  • Wait until exiting passengers have stepped off the bus before boarding.
  • Place backpacks on your lap or on the floor, taking care not to create tripping hazards near the aisle.
  • During peak ridership times, slide over so someone can sit on the aisle-side without having to ask.
  • When capacity reaches standing room, move toward the back of the bus so there’s room for others to get on. It's possible to get two lines of people down the aisle of CATS commuter buses.
  • Simple courtesies and an occasional “excuse me,” and “thank you,” go a long way to making the ride more pleasant for everyone.

For questions about campus shuttle service or to report a problem

  • Helena Connors is the transportation manager for Parking and Transportation Services and serves as the operations liaison with Charlotte Area Transit. Here's how to reach her: hconnor2@uncc.edu; 704-687-0279.
  • Charlotte Area Transit customer service: telltransit@charlottenc.gov or 704-336-7433
  • The CATS See Something, Say Something App allows you to report things like disruptive behavior, suspicious activity, etc.
  • Tweet @unccparking or @unccnextride
  • Lost and found: Leave something on a campus shuttle bus? All found items are taken to Charlotte Area Transit Lost and Found. Call 704-336-5326 to report a missing item. For items left on SafeRide transportation vehicles, call PaTS at 704-687-0161.




November 3, 2016

"UNCC - 30,000 students & 1,000 parking spots," was an early September Tweet that's been liked and reTweeted nearly 200 times (so far). The numbers are wildly exaggerated, but weekdays when classes are most densely scheduled, it sure feels like a 30-to-one competition to park in Union, West and East 2 parking decks. But even at peak time when the closest parking areas are full, there are enough parking spaces open elsewhere on campus.

Space counts are taken a few weeks into every semester to check that parking supply is sufficient for demand. These counts also inform planning for future parking facilities. All parking designations are counted: resident and commuter students, facutly/staff, visitors, ADA parking, etc., but because students are the population for whom most of campus parking is designated, this post will focus on decks and lots open to those with student permits.

Student parking at a glance

Bar charts showing student parking space availability in two hour increments

Student parking by the numbers

Here are the numbers for Fall 2016, Monday - Thursday.*

  • Italicized entries are areas most likely to be filled between 9:30AM-11AM. 
  • Bold entries have the most parking to spare throughout the day.

Student Parking Space Count, Fall 2016

 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) 86 2 2 1 35 62
North Deck 1171 576 499 552 613 718
Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 483 133 106 130 196 187
Lot 19 (by Union Deck) 261 0 2 6 29 39
Lot 18 (by Union Deck) 92 2 1 7 17 39
Union Deck 682 27 8 42 202 331
CRI Deck 1 1343 753 762 741 930 1083
CRI Lot 2 129 1 1 2 36 102
Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 180 1 5 1 19 54
Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 22 0 0 1 7 10
West Deck 760 10 6 54 175 469
Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 37 1 0 0 3 21
Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 112 0 2 0 4 13
Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 61 25 34 30 40 48
South Village Deck 1101 248 209 250 574 393
Lot 8 (by So.Village Deck) 245 2 2 1 16 19
Lot 8A  52 1 0 0 0 0
Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 118 0 1 1 5 6
Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 0 2 0 0
Lot 21 (beside Witherspoon) 133 0 0 1 4 2
Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 51 0 0 0 11 40
Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 138 1 4 7 8 12
Greek Village 330 118 130 137 146 156
Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 602 121 51 104 236 356
Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 580 0 37 48 175 333
Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 251 10 23 30 131 215
Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 127 1 14 15 49 101
East Deck 3 804 35 58 109 353 585
East Deck 2 539 0 15 21 105 188
TOTAL 10,597** 2,068 1,972 2,293 4,119 5582

*Counts taken over a two week period of normal class schedule (no holiday/break). ** Student parking space total. Does not include Faculty/Staff gated access, reserved, ADA/van accessible/handicapped, motorcycle, metered, visitor or discount remote parking. Campus total 13,970. Note: CRI Deck I is a mixed use facility on every level (available equally to Commuters, Faculty/Staff and Visitors and, after 6 PM, to those with Resident permits.) 

Main points for Commuters:

  • Everyone wants to park as close as they can to their class and most classes are scheduled from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. They are generally the least crowded and every one of them has a shuttle stop.
  • It feels counterintuitive to park farther away from where you're going but just try it ONCE. You will likely find it doesn't take much longer and that it's less stressful to easily find parking in a lower-demand area and take the shuttle or walk to class. Once you've tried an alternative parking area, it won't feel as annoying to park there on days when your preferred parking is full.
  • Download the UNCCNextRide app or access the NextRide mobile web site you view where the shuttle is and when it will get to your stop. 
  • There's NO REASON to park illegally in a full lot or deck and risk getting a citation
  • It's pointless to circle a full deck or lot. Students do not generally come-and-go in steady streams but in hour-and-a-half bursts based on when classes begin and end. A full deck or lot at 9:30 will likely remain so until around noon, maybe longer. 

Learn more: 

Questions? Email unccpats@uncc.edu or Tweet @unccparking or call 704-687-0161. The PaTS Call Center line is open 24/5 weekdays, 5 a.m. Monday through 10 p.m. Friday.

Photo of top level of North Deck

Even at peak class time, there are hundreds of spaces open in North Deck and the Green Line shuttle picks up there so you don't have to walk if you don't want to.





September 25, 2016

As part of the University's Sustainability Week events, dozens of representatives will be on campus offering information, travel discounts and give-aways. There will even be a little fun! Try out the driving simulators that imitate drunk driving and what it's like to be in a car crash, with and without a seatbelt.

photo of NASCAR race tickets, 2 each to three races, Oct. 6-8Be sure to enter to win RACE TICKETS to Bojangle’s Pole Night Thursday, Oct. 6, the BC&BS Drive for the Cure 300 Friday, Oct. 7, or the Bank of America 500 Saturday, Oct. 8 courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Other representatives include:

  • NC by Train (Amtrak)
  • Bike Line
  • Campus Police
  • Campus Automotive/Motor Fleet
  • Centralina Clean Fuels
  • Charlotte Area Transit - LYNX Light Rail and Bus system
  • Charlotte Air Awareness
  • CMPD
  • Gotcha Bike Share Program
  • Lyft
  • Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Greenways
  • NCDOT Bus Runs - Sunway and Greyhound
  • Parking and Transportation Services
  • Sustain Charlotte
  • Motorsports Engineering
  • Uber
  • UNC Charlotte Cyclist Club
  • UNC Charlotte Earth Club
  • UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
  • Yellow Cab
  • Zipcar (car sharing)

Whether by wheels or by foot, make plans to be there!

illustration of Norm over green earth, surrounded by sustainability icons

Transportation Fair

Wednesday, October 5

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

CHHS/COE quad (across from Student Union)

Parking and Transportation is excited to be part of this event. Learn more about transportation options at UNC Charlotte and campus sustainability efforts.





August 31, 2016

Photo of Parkmobile mobile visitor parking payment sign at Greek VillageUNC Charlotte and Parkmobile, LLC, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking, have entered into an agreement to provide a mobile payment option to pay for parking while on campus. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be able to use the app at all single- and multi-space metered parking spaces in the following areas:

  • Lot 4 
  • Lot 28
  • Lot 30
  • Meters in Robinson Hall Lot
  • Meters in the SAC Handicap Lot
  • Meters in Lot 13
  • Meters in Lot 16
  • Meters in Lot 20
  • Meters in Lot 21 

Also, as part of a pilot program, visitors will be able to use the app when parking in any unrestricted parking space in the Greek Village lot. This area will be monitored for use and will allow the University to plan for future program expansion to other campus lots.

Customers can pay to park with their smartphones using Parkmobile’s app for iPhone, Android, Windows, Amazon, and Blackberry phones, or by calling the toll-free number on the green meter stickers and signs. Additionally, customers who are using the Park It! Charlotte app, may use the app on campus, and Parkmobile users may use their app in the city of Charlotte and many other locations across the country.

"We're excited to introduce a new, convenient payment option for our visitors looking for short-term parking on our campus,” said Doug Lape, Director, Parking and Transportation Services. “With mobile payment, customers can begin and pay for their parking session from their vehicles, receive expiration alerts and even extend time where applicable all from their phone.”

Parkmobile’s mobile payments system is very simple and easy to use. Customers first must register by downloading the mobile app from their phone’s app store or online at parkmobile.com. Once registered, they may immediately use the mobile app, Internet, or the toll-free number listed on signage to pay for parking.

This Parkmobile service also provides customers the ability to receive alerts when their meter time is about to expire, extend their time remotely without returning to the meter, utilize credit cards in locations that do not offer manual credit card payments, as well as print and keep receipts for parking. This mobile payment solution is an option intended to complement existing parking payment options; existing forms of payment are still valid for use. Mobile payment at a metered space does not change the reading on the meter but enforcement devices are able to see that a motorist has paid.

This option is not yet available for visitor parking in any of the decks but will be added to additional parking areas across campus as the program grows.

Lape adds, “Mobile payment is one of a number of innovations PaTS expects to roll out in the next year to better use technology for more efficient and convenient parking on campus."

For more information:

About Parkmobile

Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking. Their services have been adopted in more than 2,000 locations, including 36 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. by millions of registered users.

Parkmobile’s services include on-street parking, off-street parking deck, airport and event reservations and municipal parking permit solutions. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, FedEx Field and Nationwide Arena, to name a few. More information at  parkmobile.com.

 




August 14, 2016

Parking control assistant at standing on top floor of Union DeckWhat’s most important to know about campus parking

UNC Charlotte parking permits are required to park anytime the University is open and will be enforced on the first day of class. If you have not already done so, purchasing online is the easiest way to get your permit. We’ll have it waiting for you in an express pick-up line!

  • If you do not have a permit, you must pay to park in a Visitor parking area. If you only need to park for an hour or two, Union, Cone, East 1, South Village, or CRI decks or Lot 4 pay-by-space have designated short-term visitor parking.Visitor parking map
  • You may buy a temporary permit from clickandpark.com for $4.00/day that will allow you park in North Deck for up to four days, Monday, Aug. 22 – Thursday, Aug. 25. Details below.
  • Temporary permits are also available for purchase in person from Parking and Transportation Services. Temporary permits are not valid in visitor parking areas and do not work in gated decks or lots. Price for these permits is $6.00/day.
  • Peak parking demand will occur Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM. – 2:00 PM (based on class schedule).
  • The Parking and Transportation Services Call Center is open weekdays, 5:00 AM Monday continuously through 10:00 PM Friday to answer any parking or transportation related questions or concerns: 704-687-0161. 
  • If you need to park for short-term loading/unloading, call 704-687-0161 for permission and direction.
  • Gated lots and decks will be restricted to those with gate access from 5:00 AM Monday continuously through 10:00 PM on Friday evening, except during holidays when the University is closed. 
  • Single and multi-space meters are enforced 24 hours per day, seven days per week, except during holidays when the University is closed.

Photo of clickandpark mobile web page to buy temporary permit onlineDiscounted temporary permits available 

  • PaTS is offering $4.00 temporary permits online for parking in North Deck for the first four (4) days of class (Monday, Aug. 22 – Thursday, Aug. 25).
  • This option gives a $6.00 savings over the Visitor parking day rate and frees Visitor decks/lots for those who need short-term parking. 
  • The temporary North Deck parking permit can be purchased at: https://uncc.clickandpark.com; choose the “Fall Rush” permit option for the needed dates. Print the permit and display on your vehicle’s dash while parked in North Deck. 
  • An express shuttle will be provided between North Deck and the Student Union from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Aug. 22-25.
  • The campus Green Line shuttle also serves North Deck from 7:00 AM until 9:30 PM Monday-Friday. SafeRide evening transportation serves all of campus from 6:00 PM until 2:00 AM seven days a week.
  • Program expires on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 11:59 PM. Vehicles without the proper Resident, Commuter, or Faculty/Staff permit are subject to citations after this time.

New policies for motorcycles and mopeds

  • The State of North Carolina now requires mopeds to be registered with the state (§ 20-53.4). As a result, UNC Charlotte has instituted a policy that requires mopeds to be treated like motorcycles in relation to parking policies and procedures and has added designated motorcycle/moped parking areas in lots across campus.
  • Mopeds are now required to have a UNC Charlotte digital parking permit, as is required for motorcycles.
  • MOPEDS ARE NO LONGER PERMITTED TO DRIVE ON SIDEWALKS OR PARK IN ANY AREA OTHER THAN A PROPER PARKING SPACE. Mopeds may not park in bike racks. Failure to follow policy may result in fines and/or immobilization/impound.
  • Detailed motorcycle/moped policies, permit options, and a list of designated motorcycle/moped locations is available on the PaTS website.
  • To register a moped with the State of North Carolina, please see the NCDOT website.

Photo of Greek Village where mobile payment for visitor parking now availableIntroducing mobile payment for some Visitor Parking areas

  • PaTS is pleased to introduce a mobile payment app that allows visitors to pay for parking, extend a metered parking time, receive time expiration alerts, and view receipts.  
  • The Parkmobile payment app is a free download available at Android and iOS app stores.  
  • Mobile payment has been established in the following locations:
    • Lot 4 
    • Lot 28
    • Lot 30
    • Meters in Robinson Hall Lot
    • Meters in the SAC Handicap Lot
    • Meters in Lot 13
    • Meters in Lot 16
    • Meters in Lot 20
    • Meters in Lot 21
    • Greek Village (any unrestricted space in lot)
    • Campus Parking Map
  • When using mobile payment, there is no need to use the parking meter in the lot.
  • For more information see pats.uncc.edu/parkmobile
  • The mobile payment option will be added to additional parking areas across campus as the program grows. It is not currently available for Visitor parking in any of the decks. 

Photo of student union with Student permit purchase and pick-up

Student permit purchase and pick-up will be at the Student Union first floor Art Gallery (#69 on campus map) during the following dates/times: 

  • Thursday Aug. 18, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

  • Friday Aug. 19, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Aug. 20, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday Aug. 21, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday Aug. 22, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday Aug. 23, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday Aug. 24, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday Aug. 25, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Photo of Commuter parking permit over permit policy brochureAdditional Permit Info

  • A limited number of discount remote parking permits are still available to commuters for Lot 6A (corner of Cameron Blvd. and John Kirk Road, served by the campus shuttle). 
  • Permit hangtags have a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chip that will open gated areas appropriate for your permit type. 
  • You may add additional vehicles to a permit at no charge but the vehicles must be registered in the name of permit holder, their spouse, or a parent/guardian.  
  • Permits are to be displayed from the rearview mirror or on the driver’s side dash in a PaTS-approved clear pouch. The entire permit must be visible. Dash pouches are available from the PaTS office at no charge.

Photo of North DeckParking Tips

  • Typically, parking demand is exceptionally high during the first two weeks of Fall semester, particularly at Union Deck. Plan to either arrive before 8:00 AM or park in a lot toward the margins of campus and utilize the shuttle in to the center of campus.
  • Parking is expected to be especially tight on Monday, Aug. 22 due to New Student Convocation and Tuesday, Aug. 23 due to the first full day of classes.
  • Decks and lots closest to the center of campus fill quickly and early. Union Deck, East Deck 2, West Deck, and the lots closest to those decks, are often at peak capacity by 8:45 AM. 
  • Be prepared. Have a plan in mind for alterative parking if your first preference is full when you arrive. Parking map.
  • Don’t circle a full lot or deck! That only adds to traffic congestion in or near parking decks and lots. Move to a lower-demand area such as North Deck, CRI Deck or Lot 6 (on Cameron near Campus Edge apartments). More detailed information on lot utilization is on our website.  There are shuttle stops nearby for transportation to the center of campus if you don’t wish to walk.
  • By the third week of classes, parking demand eases.

Photo of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Craver Rd.Traffic Tips

  • Peak traffic times are 7:45 AM – 9:15 AM and 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
  • All shuttles from off-campus housing complexes must load and unload passengers at the bus loop of East Deck 2 only, entering at the Main Entrance and exiting via Van Landingham Road. Students utilizing private shuttle services are advised to leave early due to campus congestion during the first two weeks of classes.
  • If leaving campus between 5:00 and 6:00 PM, avoid exiting to John Kirk Drive by way of Van Landingham Road near Fretwell. Try using Mary Alexander Road to Mallard Creek Church Road or the bottom level of East Deck 2 that exits to Rt. 49 South (University City Blvd). 
  • If arriving on campus between 5:00 and 6:00 PM, avoid the John Kirk Drive Entrance at Van Landingham Road (near the Circle K). Instead, enter campus by using Cameron Blvd., the Front Entrance, Mary Alexander Road, or the bottom level of East Deck 2 from 49 South (University City Blvd). 
  • Follow @unccparking on Twitter. PaTS uses Twitter to inform of detours, delays, and other relevant information. For those who don’t use Twitter, the same information is fed directly to the PaTS website home page.

Photo of Red Line shuttle at Craver and Mary Alexander stopCampus Shuttle Service

  • Full service begins Monday, Aug. 22. Campus Shuttle stop lists and route maps are available online. This service is fare-free to all UNC Charlotte students, faculty/staff and visitors.
  • Some changes have been made to campus shuttle routes that should yield major improvement in service. SafeRide vans will be running modified Red and Green Line routes in the evening to make evening safety transportation much more efficient and extend shuttle service until 2:00 AM with weekend evening service, too! See pats.uncc.edu/transportation/campus-shuttle for more information. 
  • Real-time campus shuttle and SafeRide Evening Safety transportation tracking and arrival information is available via smartphone or website with the UNCC NextRide app (FREE at Android and iOS app stores) or nextride.uncc.edu

Please remember:

  • Parking for individuals with mobility impairments is available on campus ONLY to those who have a DMV-issued disability placard and a valid UNC Charlotte Parking Permit registered to them.
  • SafeRide provides disability transport throughout the inner core of campus for those with mobility impairments who have registered for the service, Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Services require registration through the Office of Disability Services and completion of a Disability Medical Verification Request form. SafeRide is also available to those who need assistance on a temporary basis (such as recent surgery, lower limb injuries, visual impairments, or chronic diseases that impact stamina). This is also arranged through the Office of Disability Services, Fretwell 230 (704-687-4355). After completion of the required form, Disability Services will verify and send email confirmation of eligibility (usually processed within 24 hours or less).
  • SafeRide Evening Safety Transport makes getting around campus safer, faster, and easier after dark. Service runs seven days a week, 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM, picking up those waiting at marked stops on a continuous looping route. Vehicles keep moving and do not arrive or depart at set times. Details regarding SafeRide Evening Safety Transport, including a list of designated stops and route map are available on our website. SafeRide shuttle tracking and arrival information is available via smartphone or website with the UNCC NextRide app or nextride.uncc.edu
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A comprehensive guide to “Everything You Need to Know About Parking and Transportation.”

For specific inquiries and concerns, the PaTS call center is available 24 hours on weekdays, 5:00 AM Monday through 10:00 PM Friday at 704-687-0161, or utilize the contact form on the Parking and Transportation Services website or email:pats@uncc.edu. We're also on Twitter @unccparking.