Parking Services News

February 22, 2017

Parking and Transportation Services does space counts 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, the following information focuses 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 Spring 2017, 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, Spring 2017

 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 0 7 2 32 65
North Deck 1171 652 601 610 673 754
Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 483 88 75 62 121 164
Lot 19 (by Union Deck) 261 1 2 1 26 38
Lot 18 (by Union Deck) 92 0 0 4 25 36
Union Deck 682 15 7 36 240 317
CRI Deck 1 1318 795 796 787 961 1176
CRI Lot 2 129 0 2 3 39 111
Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 180 0 10 2 16 84
Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 22 1 1 0 7 13
West Deck 761 37 23 51 166 423
Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 37 0 1 1 10 25
Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 112 0 2 4 2 11
Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 61 31 28 27 35 50
South Village Deck 1100 196 152 184 268 321
Lot 8 (by So.Village Deck) 245 0 0 9 12 6
Lot 8A 52 0 1 0 0 0
Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 118 0 0 1 4 5
Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 0 1 0 0
Lot 21 (beside Witherspoon) 133 1 0 1 1 2
Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 51 0 1 3 11 43
Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 138 1 2 1 4 4
Greek Village 330 107 114 121 133 141
Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 602 286 136 198 292 377
Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 580 26 33 87 211 313
Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 251 87 47 66 138 108
Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 127 14 18 27 66 108
East Deck 3 811 122 108 193 383 591
East Deck 2 518 8 20 45 126 164
TOTAL 10,556** 2,468 2,187 2,527 4,002 5,450

*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 13,931. 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 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Therefore, more students are trying to park in the same places at the same time. 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 a.m. will likely remain so until around 12:30 p.m. or so. 

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.

 





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.





June 6, 2016

Parking Permits for 2016-17 are available for online purchase now. The deadline for students to have permits mailed to them is 11:59 PM Wednesday, Aug. 3. 

PaTS strongly recommends early permit purchase. Putting off buying a permit until just before classes start usually means a long wait in a very long line. 

Students who are able to buy their permit before the mailing deadline enjoy the convenience of having their permit in-hand by move-in and first day of class. But wait! There's more! Student permits ordered between June 1 and Aug. 3 will be automatically entered into a drawing. Two names will be randomly drawn; the winners will get a full refund on the permit charge! Drawing limited to registered students.

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners of this year's free parking pass drawing, Sean Doig and Tyler Powell! Special thanks to Student Body President Fahn Darkor (pictured with PaTS Director Doug Lape) for helping us pick the winning envelopes.

Photos of Doug Lap and SGA President Fahn Darkor with winning permit envelopes

Permit info and purchase link: http://pats.uncc.edu/parking/parking-permits

 





May 16, 2016

Parking and Transportation Services will provide modified shuttle service during first and second summer sessions. Summer shuttle will be run internally by PaTS, using SafeRide Evening transportation vans. Photo of SafeRide 15-passenger van that will be used for Summer Shuttle service

Summer Shuttle service dates and times

  • Summer I: Monday May 23-Wednesday June 29; 7:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Summer II: Tuesday July 5-Friday August 12; 7:00 AM-6:00 PM

Summer shuttle will cover the same route and stops as the Red and Green lines do during Fall and Spring semesters.* (Green Line connects South Village and North Campus to campus core; Red Line goes cross-campus, from Lot 6 at John Kirk and Cameron to East Decks, Student Union and CRI.) Summer Shuttle route and service stops. Shuttle vans will be labeled and show on the UNCCNextRide app and mobile web as Green and Red routes.

After 6:00 PM, SafeRide evening service will take over, returning to the established campus loop. 

"This is a pilot program," said Helena Connors, Transportation Manager, "in response to requests from students and the Office of Disability Services."

Doug Lape, PaTS Director, adds that operating a shuttle over the summer, "will help as we gear up for light rail in August of 2017." 

Regular campus shuttle service, operated by Charlotte Area Transit, will resume Monday, August 22.

More about Summer Shuttle

 

Route service may require temporary detours due to construction.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 





March 28, 2016

Early spring is when parking permit rates are proposed and approved for the upcoming academic year. For the THIRD year in a row, the recommendation is that the cost of UNC Charlotte parking permits remain the same.

That's right, NO INCREASE! This is welcome news, especially to those who remember that prior to 2014-15, permit prices rose five to eight percent every year. 

The price of UNC Charlotte parking permits is determined by how much will be needed to support a ten-year financial plan that will pay for parking that accommodates enrollment. Although enrollment continues to increase, parking availability is meeting demand (recent space count data proves this) as more students avail themselves to remote parking options, taking campus- or apartment complex-provided shuttles, ride sharing, walking, and biking. As a result, there's no need to plan, build and pay for additional parking facilities at this time.

Want to know more about how permit price is determined and where the money goes? Read The Truth About UNC Charlotte Parking.





March 20, 2016

"The parking at UNCC is ridiculous," someone Tweeted just before 11 a.m., the first Monday after Spring break. It's very likely that student was looking for a space in or near Union, West or East parking decks and all were full, just like any other weekday morning when classes are most densely scheduled. The competition for close-to-class parking, made worse by those who stubbornly circle full decks and lots instead of moving on, makes her Tweet ring true.

But it doesn't have to be that way. There's plenty of parking available in other areas.

Space counts, which are taken regularly, show 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. 

Student parking at a glance

Bar graph showing occupied and empty parking spaces in Yellow Commuter lots, Orange Commuter/Resident lots and Blue Resident lots

Student parking by the numbers

Here are the numbers for Spring 2016, 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 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 Bldg) 86 4 8 3 32 70
North Deck 1171 730 673 697 724 785
Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 497 125 151 138 43 60
Lot 19 (by Union Deck) 261 0 0 4 38 49
Lot 18 (by Union Deck) 94 1 2 4 31 55
Union Deck 682 107 9 93 216 354
CRI Deck 1 1343 319 302 297 319 393
CRI Lot 2 128 0 0 4 18 107
Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 174 0 1 2 15 65
Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 27 3 1 0 5 10
West Deck 760 30 28 45 189 452
Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 37 0 0 1 11 31
Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 123 0 2 1 2 4
Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 60 25 33 41 39 49
South Village Deck 1101 386 377 402 457 477
Lot 8 (adjacent to South Village Deck) 238 23 33 26 57 43
Lot 8A  60 0 0 2 1 0
Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 233 0 1 1 8 9
Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 0 2 0 0
Lot 21 (next to Witherspoon) 134 0 0 1 2 6
Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 84 9 7 11 13 42
Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 140 1 4 7 8 12
Greek Village 324 123 127 139 141 158
Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 565 314 182 323 330 416
Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 582 21 50 95 209 374
Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 257 90 47 94 149 212
Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 128 12 17 31 56 103
East Deck 3 804 83 104 196 374 571
East Deck 2 539 6 21 41 80 157
TOTAL 9,690** 2,408 2,173 2,671 3,777 5254

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.
  • For just one day, try parking in Lot 6, North Deck or South Village Deck. The Red Line runs three buses from Lot 6 through the center of campus via the Student Union and out to the CRI campus Monday through Thursday (two buses on Friday). You can catch the Green Line from North Deck and both the Yellow and Green Lines from South Village Deck.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

Here's your 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 @unccparking and/or use hashtag #parkedfar, will get a deck voucher for one day of free visitor parking at a 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).

** 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.)

Learn more: The Truth About UNC Charlotte Parking

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.

 





January 7, 2016

A new parking garage is being built beside the UNC Charlotte Center City Building. During this construction phase, parking spaces for CCB patrons have spread over multiple lots, resulting in times when permit-holders are challenged to find the spaces available to them.

Beginning Monday January 11, 20016, CCB parking will consolidate into two areas: 

  • Lot 319, located directly across 9th Street, and 
  • Lot 422, which is across N. Brevard Street. 
  • CCB patrons who currently park in Lot 300, between CCB and the light rail line, will be asked to park in Lot 319.

This change offers a better overall parking experience and maintains the number of spaces available to UNC Charlotte Center City. When the new parking facility is complete, CCB parking will be moved there.

Parking for UNC Charlotte Center City Building is provided through an arrangement with Preferred Parking, Inc. Questions regarding this change of arrangement should be directed to UNC Charlotte Center City administration, 704-687-8902.





December 8, 2015

Parking exam week through winter break

Thursday, December 10 – Sunday, January 10 is a period of relaxed enforcement for permit holders

This means:

  • PERMITS ARE REQUIRED
  • METERS ARE ENFORCED
  • VISITOR DECKS ARE CHARGING
  • Any semester or year-long permit is valid 24/7 and gate access will be adjusted accordingly

o   Two-Day permits are valid 7 days per week

o   Night permits are valid 24 hours per day

  •   Temporary (daily) permits are valid ONLY for the days purchased
  •   Any valid permit may park in any non-reserved student space and gate access will be adjusted accordingly

o   Commuter permits may park in Resident and Greek spaces

o   Resident permits may park in Commuter and Greek spaces

o   Greek permits may park in Commuter and Resident spaces

o   Faculty/Staff permits may park in any student space including Lot 16

o   Lot 6A and Lot 27 permits may park in any student space

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 something! 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.

Questions?

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

Spring parking permit information

Permits are required to park anytime the University is open.  

Unable to buy a permit right away?

If you are waiting on a financial aid refund or other funds before purchasing a permit, you may buy a temporary permit to hold you over. Price is $6 per day for as many days as you think you'll need. Temporary permits are not available for online purchase.

If you bought a full-time permit last semester (C, R, G, 6A or L27), your permit will not expire until 8/15/16. Expiration date is on the back of our permit.

New students and those with Night and Two-day permits (sold by the semester):

  • Permits for spring semester are available for purchase online (credit or debit card only). 
  • Permits ordered by December 21 will be mailed on December 22.
  • Permits ordered after December 21 will be available for pick-up.

Permit Prices

$280

  Full year beginning with spring semester

$130

  Night Permit per semester (spring)

$260

  Night Permit (spring and summer)

Student permit purchase/express pick-up at the Student Union:

Extended hours for Student permit purchase and pick up in January, including temporary permits, are  as follows*:

Student Union Art Gallery

Friday Jan. 8 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday Jan. 9 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday Jan. 10 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday Jan. 11 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday Jan. 12 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday Jan. 13 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday January 14: return to normal hours (7:30 am-5:00 pm) in the Parking and Transportation Office (#23 on campus map; brown buidling across from McMillan greenhouse).

*Only faculty and staff will be served in the PaTS office on these dates.

Documents needed to purchase a parking permit:

  • 49er ID Card
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Vehicle Insurance

Photo of North Deck against a rosy sky

Photo credit: rodgersbuilders.com





December 1, 2015

Road construction schedule for the weekend of December 4 - 6 will close two major intersections: Cameron and Craver (below Student Union at Hauser Alumni Center) and Cameron and Mary Alexander (by Student Health Center and Hawthorn). SafeRide evening transportation will have to alter stop order and route as a result. No interruption in service is expected but the required detours may add time. 

Remember, the UNCCNextRide app and mobile website shows the location of SafeRide vans and provides an estimate of when each will arrive at your pick-up stop. 

Map:

SafeRide route alteration, weekend of December 4-6

Stop order:

1. Atkins/Library Lane
2. Student Union
3. Witherspoon
4. North Deck
5. Belk
6. Miltimore
7. Wallis
8. Maple
9. Reese
10. Lot 7
11. Woodward
12. Grigg
13. Motorsports
14. CRI Deck
15. Duke
16. EPIC
17. South Village Deck
18. Moore/Sandford
19. Robinson
20. East Deck 2
21. Lot 5A
22. Lot 6
23. Greek Village South
24. Greek Village North
25. Hawthorn
26. Martin
27. Fretwell





November 16, 2015

Shuttle Stop on Mary Alexander near McEniry affected 

Beginning Thursday, November 19, road and sidewalk improvements along Mary Alexander Rd. will impact the Fretwell/McEniry shuttle stops (Green, Yellow and Red Lines). The bus shelter on the southbound side will be removed and stops on both sides of the street may move a few yards in either direction. If that's a regular stop for you, expect some fluidity for a couple weeks. Once the construction is complete, the bus shelter will be replaced.

Map showing the affected stop near Fretwell and McEniry on Mary Alexander Rd.

Follow @unccparking on Twitter for parking and transportation updates.

 





November 8, 2015

Photo of LYNX Blue Line light rail facing NE with Charlotte uptown in background

The LYNX Blue Line (Northeast Corridor) Extension is a 9.3-mile addition to the existing light rail line that will bring service to UNC Charlotte Center City Building and two stops on main campus. 

The impact will be significant, requiring infrastructure and service plans. Planning requires Information. That's why a survey has been created to ascertain the commuting habits and interest that students, faculty and staff have in using light rail and buses for travel to and from UNC Charlotte. Information gathered from this survey is crucial for decision making now.

A large sampling of 8,000 students (selected to mirror campus demographics) along with faculty and staff, will soon receive an email with an exclusive link to the survey. When you receive the email with survey URL, it's important that you respond. There are 20 questions and should only take about five minutes to complete. Those who complete the survey will have their names entered into a drawing for an iPad.

The UNC Charlotte Light Rail Ridership and Commuting Survey will launch Tuesday, November 10 and run for two weeks.  

When completed in 2017, LYNX Blue Line will run from I-485 in South Charlotte through Uptown, stopping at the UNC Charlotte Center City Building, North Davidson and University areas, CRI Campus and terminating near North Deck. 

map showing LYNX Blue Line Northeast Corridor Extension route and stations

For more information about the LYNX Blue Line and Blue Line Northeast Corridor Extension see this

  •  video by Charlotte Area Transit 
  •  video by UNC Charlotte (Broadcast Communications)

The Light Rail Coordinating Committee, a group with campus-wide representation, was first convened last summer by Beth Hardin, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs and Betty Doster, special Assistant to the Chancellor for Constituent Relations. 





October 22, 2015

Parking and Transportation Services will host an open forum with representatives from Charlotte Area Transit [CATS] to present a route change to the Yellow Line that’s designed to improve North/South movement on campus, and run time changes to all the routes.

  • When: Tuesday, October 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Student Union Room 200

PaTS and Business Services have been working with CATS to address concerns and suggestions that have arisen around shuttle service this year. One result of those discussions is extension of Yellow Line to better connect North campus and South Village to the center of campus, effective November 3. Campus shuttle routes are considered public and therefore Federal guidelines require a public meeting before route and/or service changes are implemented.

 Helena Connors, PaTS Transportation Manager says, "I encourage any member of the University community who ho has questions, concerns, or suggestions to attend —  especially students who depend upon the service.”   

Read more: Campus Transportation update September 29, 2015 Aux News





September 28, 2015

Photo of campus shuttle at a stop on Craver Rd.

Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS) has recently received numerous comments, questions and complaints from students and staff regarding the campus shuttle service (Red Line, Yellow Line and Green Line). What follows is an overview of shuttle system, its current challenges, the improvements we’re requesting, and additional transportation options available.

Campus Shuttle

The campus shuttle routes are designed to be regular, reliable, safe and fare-free for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The routes are less than four miles long and require a continual loop. Factors that affect the frequency between stops include pedestrian and vehicular traffic and roadway construction projects.

The Red Line is the most heavily used. It has three buses assigned Monday through Thursday and two buses on Friday. The route goes from the CRI Deck through the middle of campus to Lots 6A and 5. Clustering of the Red Line occurs due to traffic patterns around class periods and the amount of rider stop requests. PaTS has directed CATS to space out the buses when this occurs.

The Yellow Line serves the middle of campus to South Village to East Deck. The Green Line covers from North Deck to the middle of campus to South Village to East Deck. These routes have just one bus assigned to each making driver breaks problematic.

Shuttle routes, service stops and maps.

Driver Breaks

Currently, the drivers are taking breaks throughout the day, as is customary policy with CATS employees. These breaks cause the service to lag and can leave a passenger on the bus or waiting at a stop for a longer period of time. We are working with CATS for a solution that will eliminate service gaps during driver breaks.

UNCC NextRide app

UNCCNextRide app iconA timed schedule is simply not practical on campus. Buses would have to stop at every sign along a route, slowing service and worsening traffic even more. That’s why PATS introduced the UNCCNextRide app for GPS transportation tracking two years ago. Riders can see where the buses are via smartphone or website and get arrival information. (See more at pats.uncc.edu/nextride). Arrival estimates are quite accurate unless a driver is on a break, an inadequacy that’s being addressed with both an app developer and CATS.

Other schools like Chapel Hill and NC State have great bus service. Why doesn’t UNC Charlotte's equally compare?

UNC Chapel Hill, Duke and NC State are examples of campuses that are either in or near the center of metropolitan areas. They have decades-long relationships with local municipal transit authorities. Multiple routes are going to/through campus anyway.By contrast, UNC Charlotte is situated on the outskirts of Charlotte. That changes the equation completely, limiting the number of buses that come out this way. In fact, there are only two: Rt. 29 (service from UNC Charlotte to Southpark Mall) and Rt. 11U (Uptown to UNC Charlotte via North Tryon Street).

Contacts for questions/complaints about the shuttle

  • CATS customer service call center 704-336-7433 (Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • If you see a bus parked for an inordinately long time or have a specific complaint or comment, Tweet @unccparking and it will be passed on to CATS supervisors and to PaTS’ Transportation Manager.

Other transportation options

  • SafeRide evening safety transportation: SafeRide vans pick up those waiting at marked stops on a continuous looping route. Service hours are 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMseven days a week. Vehicles keep moving and do not arrive or depart at set times. SafeRide also offers daytime disability transportation on weekdays for those registered for the service. More about SafeRide.
  • NEW! Car sharing by Zipcar: Zipcar offers UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff 24/7 access to rental vehicles parked right on campus. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day to go wherever you want to go. Members (ages 18+) can reserve cars online or with a smart phone for as little as an hour or up to seven days. Find out more and sign up at zipcar.com/uncc.
  • NEW! Yellow Cab: Yellow Cab is now the Official Taxi Partner of UNC Charlotte. As part of this agreement, UNCC students, faculty and staff receive preferred pricing for any Yellow Cab trip for as long as they are affiliated with the University. Trips are discounted 10%, every trip, on every ride. Here’s how to take advantage of this special pricing:
    • Download the Yellow Cab app YC Mobile in the App or Google Play store.
    • Register a profile and a credit card.
    • Enter promo code “UNCC15.” Anytime you ride, add the promo code to your trip on the confirmation screen and automatically save 10%! This promo code will update every semester and will be emailed directly to you through campus channels.
  • Amtrak: Amtrak offers students a 10% discount to all of their destinations.
  • NCDOT Bus Run: Sunway Charters runs two daily bus routes from the Charlotte Greyhound station at 601 W Trade St. The “Mountaineer North/South” starts in Charlotte and stops in Gastonia, Lincolnton, Newton, Lenoir and Boone. The “Queen City/Coastal Connector” starts in Charlotte and stops in Monroe, Wadesboro, Rockingham, Laurinburg, Fayetteville, Whiteville, and Wilmington. More information.
  • Bike Share: Students have been asking for this so an RFP (request for proposal) has gone out to explore the feasibility of establishing a campus bike share program. More to come!

—   Submitted by Helena Connors, PaTS Transportation Manager,  

Photo of Transportation Mgr. Helena Connors, standing beside a SafeRide tram.  

Helena welcomes your questions and comments about the shuttle and SafeRide services [hconnor2@uncc.edu]. Many of the adjustments made to current routes and stops are the result of student and staff suggestions. Shuttle complaints are passed immediately on to CATS supervisors and she does follow up.

 





September 14, 2015

"Parking at UNCC >stinks< >sucks< >insert expletive here<.." This is one of the first things you hear about when you get to campus. Close behind is:

  • “There are no spaces on campus!”
  • “Why do they make parking passes so expensive?”
  • “There are velociraptors in Lot 6A! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!” (I want this one to be true.)  

Parking is a hot topic that's largely been blown out of proportion. In truth, Parking and Transportation Services is full of hard working people and without them parking on campus would be worse than the busiest Wal-Mart on Black Friday, or even Force Friday. Their job is necessary. They are not the Galactic Empire, minions of Sauron, or Justin Bieber.

I have worked as an intern at Auxiliary Services for over a year now and in the process, have learned so much about parking at this university. Many of the perceptions I had as an undergraduate student changed completely after interactions with PaTS staff. These people, many of whom are students, go about a job that maintains order in parking areas. They often endure hateful reactions from those who don't understand that enforcement personnel are really looking out for the best interests and safety of everyone who parks at UNC Charlotte.

Dear readers, I ask you to take a moment, step back and look at the whole parking situation with me. I may not lead you to a place of respect and understanding for the role of PaTS, but hopefully at least, your opinion will be more informed.

You Don’t Have to Put on the Red Light

Do you want to avoid getting parking citations? All you have to do is follow the rules and get a permit. Please. I beg of you. Be a good citizen of Niner Nation and park on campus legally. If you are unable to get a permit you can use visitor parking or get a temporary permit for as many days as you think you'll need for $6 per day (which is $4 cheaper than the Visitor parking day rate). You will have peace of mind and won't dread that walk back to your car wondering if you'll have a penalizing yellow envelope on the windshield.

There's no denying that the price of a parking permit is high and you'd rather spend that chunk of money on absolutely anything else. On this there is unanimous agreement! But there's a reason permits cost what they do. Read why if you want to know and while you're at it,  if you want know where that money goes, PaTS publishes those numbers every year. Here's last year's numbers.

You Got What I Need

There are almost as many parking permits as there are flavors in a Baskin Robbins including some lesser-known money saving ones.

  • Commuters and Faculty/Staff can save a little money by purchasing remote lot permits for Lot 6A (which has a shuttle stop right there) and Lot 27 (a walk-in lot). I purchased a Lot 27 permit last year and loved it. I saved $240 and found the lot is just a small distance from two bus stops.
  • Only on campus twice a week? There’s a permit for that.
  • Only have night classes? There’s a permit for that.
  • There is even a web widget to help select the best permit for you!
  • Graduating in December and you can't buy a Fall-only permit? No worries! Turn in your permit at the end of the semester and you'll get a prorated refund.

Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough

One of the most common complaints I hear from peers and colleagues is that there are not enough parking spaces. While the count numbers prove that's not true, it's a belief rooted in everyday parking experience. Here's what I mean: when you go to a place that does not have a mass population coming and going at the same time, like for example the grocery store, the number of people there at the same time as you rarely seems extraordinary. You arrive and park in the closest spot available. Sometimes you get that primo space in front and sometimes you don't, but you almost always can see the door to where you're going from your parking spot. But it's not like that on campus. Thousands of people are looking for a place to park at highly concentrated times, 9 a.m., 11 a.m and 1 p.m., and, being human, they all want to park as closely as they can. Unfortunately the closest, most central lots and decks fill up quickly and stay that way until after the rush, around 2 p.m. or so. That’s just how it works when class schedule determines the ebb and flow of cars. But our expectation is based more on the grocery store parking experience. That's why I see people drive around the Union deck, circling over and over again like characters in a Scooby-Doo episode. They don't realize that there are other open spots elsewhere on campus. Anything beyond West Deck or East 3 seems far out; add to that the price you paid for a permit and having to park at the far reaches of campus becomes an indignity. Totally understandable!

Many commuters and staff don’t even know where North Deck is (with its thousands of empty spots every day) or that it has a shuttle stop right at the entrance! Parking at CRI Deck when you have zero classes on that end of campus seems completely counter-intuitive! But it’s not! If you come in to campus at peak class times, it's best to park in lesser used areas like these. They all have shuttle service and in the end, can save you lots of time.

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Let’s say your car breaks down and you need to use one belonging to someone else, like a parent or friend or a rental. A common misconception is that you can just hang your tag on the other car and be good to go. But if you do, you’ll get a citation and that’s not fun for anyone. PATS needs to keep track of what cars are registered to what permits to make sure they are being used correctly. If they didn't, the black market for stolen permits would thrive!

So here's what you do in that situation: go to the PATS office with the loaner vehicle's registration and they'll tell you want your options are (solutions vary based on who the car belongs to, if it's a rental and how long you'll be driving it). If you didn't bring your permit and need a temporary permit for the days you're driving the loaner, PaTS will fix you up with that, too. As a permit holder, you won't be charged for the temp permit (up to 10 days worth depending on permit type).

Relax

To all those for whom this is your first year parking on campus, don't stress; everything is going to be ok. After the first month of class, parking patterns shake out as people become familiar with schedules and parking area alternatives.

To those who make parking into a mythical beast that cannot be quenched, I ask that you please just abide by the rules and don’t take it out on people in orange. They are looking out for all of us. Just remember that parking illegally without a permit is really stealing a space from someone who has bought a permit.

And one more thing: if you need to load/unload near a building, be mindful of tow-away zones. Always call PaTS first. They will advise you where you may safely load or unload and give permission to do so for 15 minutes. Or you could use your Delorean and travel back and forth through time again and again creating multiple versions of yourself to help get the job done. However, this would cause a rip in space and time resulting in the destruction of all human existence. So better yet, call 704-687-0161 and inform PATS. That way you won’t be cited and then you’ll be happy, clapping along like a room without a roof.

If you've read this far...

...thanks for doing so! I hope this blog contribution has helped your understanding of why parking is so different here and that the people whose job it is to maintain parking order are not the enemy. They really want to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as it can on a pedestrian-centered campus with an overwhelming majority of commuting students.

Let's be excellent to each other and PARK ON, DUDES!

— Patrick W.

photo of Lot 6 during peak class time (11:00 AM on a Wednesday)

A lot more commuters are using the tip to park in Lot 6 and take shuttle, finding it's easier than circling full decks. Even at peak class times, there are many open spaces there and in other lower-demand areas.

Two maps: one of high-demand parking areas, the other of lower demand areas.

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Editor's note: As marketing intern for Business and Auxiliary Services, Patrick Wisniewski has produced videos for parking, meal plans, College Colors Day and the opening of South Village Crossing. He also presented Meal Plans and Parking information to all incoming students at SOAR throughout the summer. When he completes his master's program and leaves us for bigger and better things later this year, you may for a time see the Auxiliary Services building draped in black.

 





August 16, 2015

What you should know before classes start:

  • UNC Charlotte Parking Permits are required 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, e.g., Union, Cone, East 1, South Village, or CRI decks or Lot 4 pay-by-space. Visitor parking map.
  • You may also buy a temporary permit for $6/day for as many days as you think you’ll need. Temporary permits must be purchased 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.
  • Peak parking demand will occur Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (based on class schedule).
  • The Parking and Transportation Services Call Center is open from 5:00 a.m. on Monday continuously through 10:00 p.m. Friday evening each week to answer any parking or transportation related questions or concerns: 704-687-0161.
  • For short-term loading/unloading parking, call 704-687-0161 for permission and direction.
  • Parking gates in all gated lots and decks will remain down from 5:00 a.m. Monday continuously through 10:00 p.m. 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.

Student Permit Purchase and Pick-up

Student permit purchase (including temporary permits) and express pick-up will be at the Student Union first floor Art Gallery (#69 on campus map):

  • Thursday August 20, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday August 21, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday August 22, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday August 23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday August 25, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday August 26, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday August 27, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Faculty/Staff permit purchase/pick-up is at the PaTS Office, #23 on campus map.

Additional Permit Info

  • A limited amount of discount remote parking is still available to Commuters and Faculty/Staff for Lot 6A (corner of Cameron Blvd. and John Kirk Rd., served by the campus shuttle) -UPDATE 8/21/15: SOLD OUT.
  • 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 rear view 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.

Parking Tips

  • The first two weeks of Fall semester is when parking demand is exceptionally high, particularly at Union Deck. Plan for it by either arriving before 8:00 a.m., or parking in a lot toward the margins and taking the Shuttle into center campus.
  • Parking is expected to be especially tight on Monday, August 24 because of New Student Convocation, and on Tuesday, August 25, 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 a.m.
  • Lot disruption due to infrastructure construction:
    • MSU Lot (in front of Sanford and Moore Halls) has been removed.
    • Lot 12 (NE corner of Mary Alexander and Craver) will be offline for several weeks.
    • The Craver Road-facing entrance and exit of Lot 16 (by residence halls Oak, Elm, Maple and Pine) will close permanently Sunday, August 23. Access to that lot will be via Poplar Terrace.      
  • Be prepared. Have a plan in mind for alternative 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 snarls that can occur near deck and lot entrances. Move on to a lower-demand area like North Deck, CRI Deck or Lot 6 (on Cameron near Campus Edge apartments). Maps and more about high versus low use areas. 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.

Traffic Tips

  • Peak traffic times are 7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ­– 6:00 p.m.
  • Expect more traffic delays than usual due to campus infrastructure improvement projects.
  • 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 Rd. This measure is necessary because of infrastructure construction and to ease traffic on interior roads, but it may result in heavier congestion around East Deck 2, especially during peak class times. Students utilizing private shuttle services are advised to leave early.
  • If leaving campus between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., avoid exiting to John Kirk Drive by way of Van Landingham Rd. near Fretwell. Try using Mary Alexander Rd. to Mallard Creek Church Rd. 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 p.m., avoid the John Kirk Dr. entrance at Van Landingham Rd. (near the Circle K). Instead, enter campus by using Cameron Blvd., the Front Entrance, Mary Alexander Rd., or the bottom level of East Deck 2 from 49 South (University City Blvd).
  • Pedestrians have the right of way on all crosswalks unless there is a traffic signal, which takes precedence. The traffic circle at Mary Alexander and Van Landingham Roads is controlled by a traffic signal, which must be obeyed by both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  • Follow @unccparking on Twitter. PaTS uses Twitter to provide updates about of detours, delays and other relevant information. For those who don’t use Twitter, the same information is fed directly to the parking website home page.

Football Game Day Parking:

  • Commuter and Resident permits will not be valid in any parking decks or lots designated for football parking on Football Game Days.
  • Student Resident lots (blue color coded), with the exception of Lot 25, are not affected by football. All vehicles parked in Lot 25 (across from Wallis Hall) must be moved by 12:00 a.m., the Friday before a Saturday home game. Vehicles not moved will be towed at the owner’s expense. Alternative parking will be at  North Deck or any other R-designated lot or deck that has not been designated for Football parking.
  • The Friday night game, scheduled for October 2, will require vacating lots and decks designated for football by 12:30 PM. More football home game parking information.

Campus Shuttle Service:

  • Full service begins Monday, August 24. Campus Shuttle stop lists and route maps. This service is fare-free to all UNC Charlotte students, faculty/staff and visitors.
  • 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 website/mobile site .

Please remember:

  • Parking for the disabled is available on campus ONLY to individuals 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 ongoing mobility impairments who have registered for the service, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 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 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., picking up those waiting at marked stops on a continuous looping route. Vehicles keep moving and do not arrive or depart at set times. A list of designated stops and stop map are here. SafeRide van tracking and arrival information is available via smartphone or website with the UNCC NextRide app or website/mobile site .

A comprehensive guide to “Everything You Need to Know About Parking and Transportation” is available as a printer-friendly PDF.

For specific inquiries and concerns, the Parking and Transportation Services website has a contact form or you may email pats@uncc.edu directly. Or call the PaTS call center, 704-687-0161, open weekdays from 5:00 a.m. Monday continuously through 10:00 p.m. Friday.

photo of a young woman behind the wheel, making and angry face and clenching her fist.

This is the face of someone unprepared to park! Parking on a large campus with a high percentage of commuters, where classes are densely scheduled Monday - Thursday mornings, is not like parking at the mall, where you can expect to park within eyesight of an entrance. It's more like parking at the airport. Early birds get spaces in the closest decks and lots and those who arrive later should expect to park farther away. 

 

 

 





July 22, 2015

2015 update

Every year, PaTS posts the numbers that show how permit and visitor parking proceeds from the previous academic year were spent. Follows are the totals from academic year 2014-2015:

Income: $10,912,787

  • $7,870,029 came from parking permit sales;
  • The rest was generated from F/S premium gated access fees, and visitor parking fees, etc. ($1,830,734 came from visitor/short-term parking, including conferences, meters, visitor deck pay stations and visitor parking vouchers).

Operating expenses: $8,328,172

  • $4,167,485 went to debt service on existing decks;
  • $956,412 for CATS Campus Shuttle and SafeRide
  • $775,981 for repairs and maintenance of lots and decks
  • $1,279,749 for salaries (which includes enforcement personnel, most of whom are student workers)
  • $1,148,545 went to utilities, lease for Center City building parking, gate equipment, permit printing, credit card fees, insurance, maintenance contracts, etc.

How this year's numbers compare to 2013-2014

  • Again, most of the money from permit sales and visitor parking charges was used to pay back construction bonds on existing decks and maintenance/upkeep of all campus lots and decks (replace lights, repair surfaces, repaint stripes, etc.). 
  • Income was up over last year which correlates to an increase in visitor parking. Operating expenses went down. This is why permit prices did not increase, remaining the same for a third year in a row.  
  • Any money left that exceeds current obligations will go toward design and construction of future 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.

That’s because:

  • 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, paid for by those who use it, students, faculty/staff and visitors.

PaTS will continue to publish the numbers every year so that you can know where the money goes. (Here’s the numbers from academic years 2013-2014 and 2012-2013). We’re also happy to answer your questions about parking. The Parking and Transportation Services call center is open from 5:00 AM Mondays continuously until 10:00 PM Friday; call 704-687-0161. Or you can 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. Citation proceeds for 2014-15 was $117,424.

Photo taken from inside staircase of South Village deck, looking out upon one of the high rise residence hall

Photo taken from the inside staircase of South Village Deck.





June 15, 2015

Photo taken from top of East Deck 1, looking down to area between East 1 and East 2

To help alleviate traffic backups that tend to occur during peak arrival and departure times, alterations will be made to the traffic pattern and parking designations on the first level of East Deck 1. 

The work will cause several traffic pattern and direction changes as it progresses. Please pay close attention to signage and lane markers to ensure safe movement.

East 1 was not originally designed for automated visitor pay systems; the retrofit works well most of the time but, explains Keith Wassum, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services, "Backups occasionally happen. We're making adjustments to alleviate that." 

So beginning Saturday, June 20 and continuing through the summer, Parking and Transportation will make the following improvements:

  1. Install an additional Exit Verifier so that both exit lanes can be used for Visitors and Permit holders (already in progress)
  2. Designate Level 1 of East Deck 1 for Faculty/Staff and Disability parking only
  3. Remove one row of parking spaces on the ramp from Level 1 to Level 2 to serve as a dedicated entry lane
  4. Change the down ramp from Level 2 to Level 1, creating two dedicated exit lanes
  5. Add a Faculty/Staff Only exit at the rear of Level 1 for direct access to the East Deck 2 exit. This exit will be installed later in the summer.

For those who park on the lower level of East Deck 1, egress will take an odd path for the next few weeks. Until the new exit is installed from Level 1, all vehicles parking in this area will be required to go up the ramp from Level 1 to Level 2, circle around, and then exit. "It's going to be awkward for a few weeks," says Wassum, "but now is best time to make these tweaks."

Faculty/Staff and Visitors who park on the second through fourth levels will exit as normal.

For questions, please call the PaTS Call Center, 704-687-0161 (open from 5:00 AM Monday, continuously through 10:00 PM Friday) or write pats@uncc.edu.

Do you have the latest Everything About Parking and Transportation Services guide? Pick one up at the PaTS office or Auxiliary Services office, or download the printer-friendly pdf.





December 7, 2011
From Thursday, December 8 through Friday, December 16, shuttles will be on the "Friday schedule," which is: Rt. 50 Red Line: one bus running clockwise, 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM (about every 20-30 minutes) Rt. 47 Yellow Line: one bus running clockwise, 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (about every 20-30 minutes) Rt. 49 Green Line: one bus, 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (about every 30 minutes) Shuttle service ends at 6:00 PM, Friday, December 16 and will resume normal scheduled service on Monday, January 9. SafeRide accessibility and evening safety escort service ends Friday, December 23 at 6:00 PM and will resume Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00 AM.