The high price of regular, full-time permits
Permit price is based almost entirely on the cost of new deck construction and replacing flat lots with decks.
How permit proceeds are spent
Almost all of it goes toward:
A small percentage pays for:
Facts about how parking is funded:
Lot versus Deck: cost comparison
Surface Space Design and Construction
Deck Space Design and Construction
Decks cost about 3 times more than surface spaces to maintain.
Why permit prices keep going up
Permit prices are determined by how much will be needed to support a ten-year financial plan that will pay for parking that accommodates enrollment increases. As demand goes up, so must prices. Other factors include:
If these were the only factors considered, rates would actually be much higher. The financial impact on students, faculty and staff is taken into account, too. Prices are kept as low as fiscal responsibility will allow.
Until demand goes down, permit prices will continue to rise.
More permits are sold than there are spaces
If permits were sold on a one-decal-to-one-space system, thousands of students and staff would be denied the privilege to park while lots and decks would be half empty much of the time. That’s because the majority of commuter students occupy a space for less than 6 hours. Not everyone has classes or works here every day. Spaces turn over constantly in this environment.
The current formula for permits sold in relation to spaces available is working, at least for now. There is adequate parking available, all the time. Space verification counts — conducted regularly and often — consistently prove this.
Where does the money for parking citation fines go?
PaTS and the University do not financially benefit from citation fines.
There are State statutes governing our parking fines (GS 115C-457.1-3 - page 305). Basically, the law says that civil fines (i.e., your parking ticket) minus the cost of collection, have to be remitted to the State; then the State allocates the money to local public schools (not colleges and universities).
The cost of collection is capped at 20%. Enforcement and collection costs University more than the amount we’re permitted to keep.
“Don’t Let Freshmen Park!”
We often hear that (from upperclassmen). Some schools don’t allow freshmen to park on campus at all, or assign available parking based on class status.
At UNC Charlotte, everyone who buys a permit is able to park and the price is the same for students and faculty and staff;
Parking availability does get tight, especially in areas closest to the academic core, but there is enough parking for everyone. As long as that holds true, depriving permits to any one segment of the population is unjustified.
Parking advice - high use versus low use areas
East Decks, Union Deck, West Deck and the lots closest to them fill up quickly and early (by 8:45AM). Be prepared!
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