Parking Services News

February 6, 2019

Charlotte Area Transit (CATS) has announced how transportation services will be impacted by the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend events.

If you plan to use light rail from campus Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17, here’s what you should know:

Expect extra security measures 

  • No purses, backpacks, suitcases, or bags will be allowed on any train nor allowed on any station platform from 5 p.m. until close each night, Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17. You are allowed to carry personal belongings in a clear bag.
  • Those traveling from UNC Charlotte Main Station must exit at 7th St. Station for a security sweep. Once checked, you’ll be allowed to continue.
  • There will be no light rail service at CTC/Arena Station.
  • The Transit Center will be relocated to the surface parking lot across from the 7th St. station parking deck.
  • Students and employees with CATS All Access: Be sure to have your UNC Charlotte ID card readily available

Schedule changes: Four hours before each day’s first all-star event, the light rail will operate every 15 minutes. However, delays are still possible. From 5 p.m. to the end of service each night, the train will not stop at the CTC/Arena Station. Buses will run on their normal schedules, but delays are still possible. It is highly recommended you monitor the CATS website for any last minute updates on both train and bus schedules.

Full, downloadable information about CATS service impacts, including map, found here .

NBA All-Star 2019 Charlotte banner logo Click here for information about NBA All-Star 2019, including "10 Things to Know" and links for event listings and social media.  CATS website





January 8, 2019

Hand holding smart phone with parking availability mobile website on screen. East Deck in background. If you had the right audio equipment poised over the UNC Charlotte campus on a weekday morning at 10:45 a.m., you might pick up a lot of whispers that sound a lot like, “Please, please, please let me find a close parking spot."

That’s the peak time for parking demand on campus, so it’s unlikely that the pleading chorus will break into songs of joy.

But now commuters can take on campus parking with more than an under-the-breath hope for luck. Five students, with assistance from Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS), Business Services, and Facilities Information Systems (FIS), have developed a real-time mobile website that shows space availability for every parking deck.

Parkingavailability.uncc.edu started as a computer science senior capstone project for students Taylor Atkins, Dillon Brys, Kevin Huynh, Michael Long and John Sorensen. They shared their idea for a parking app with Doug Lape, PaTS director, and Gabe Gerber, business systems analyst for Business Services, who committed to assist and share parking data. Facilities Information Systems (FIS) developers used the students' concept and built the mobile-friendly website. 

After several months of trial, error, testing and waiting until counting sensors for the new Union Deck expansion were online, parkingavailability.uncc.edu is ready to go as a responsive, mobile website. While currently still in beta-stage, a full app within the MyPark app (mypark.uncc.edu) and Alexa and Siri integrations are coming. Surface lot data will be added to the availability list over time, as sensors are installed.

Benefits and highlights

  • Serves as a travel and parking planner, making it easier for commuters to know where to find deck parking. See what’s available (just not while driving of course!) without driving around.
  • Availability count updates are in real-time.
  • Sharing the page to a smartphone home screen makes the website clickable like an app.
  • Easy customer experience. Decks are listed clearly, with color-coded parking percentages; green for 40% or more open, yellow 10-39% and red, less than 10% available.  
  • Have a favorite deck? ‘Star’ it to appear first in your list.
  • Created by UNCC students! How cool is that?

One of the students on the team, Michael Long, said that the most difficult part was the coding. The surprising part, he said, was “actually seeing the numbers and how big a project it is to get all the sensors put in.“

Long, who graduated in December, relates to the angst of those who drive around campus searching for close parking in a panic because they’re already late as it is. “With this [mobile webpage], you can just pull it up and see,  ‘Oh there’s parking here!’ and then actually get to class on time. Hopefully, it will reduce a lot of friction for students,” he said.

PaTS has long had the goal of providing UNC Charlotte with a parking availability app. The commitment of Long, Atkins, Brys, Huynh and Sorensen along with the expertise and assistance of FIS turned out to be the right combination to bring it to completion.





December 17, 2018
 
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, CCB parking stickers are no longer needed if you have already received permission to park at the Center City Building. Parking will be monitored by license plate recognition (LPR) technology.
 
If you would like to receive parking privileges at Center City Building, you must add CCB permission to your permit at the time of purchase. Students will be assigned CCB parking privileges based on their class schedule in Banner.
 
Questions?
 
For specific inquiries and concerns, the PaTS Communication Center is available 24 hours a day on weekdays, 5 a.m. Monday through 10 p.m. 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.
 

August 14, 2018

Updates, changes and tips for parking on campus this year

Photos of South Village deck, Union deck expansion and map closeup of Lot 5A

Change: No Commuter Parking in South Village Deck

  • Due to a peak number of residence hall rooms in the South Village area for fall semester, PaTS, in coordination with Housing and Residence Life, has agreed to limit South Village Parking Deck to Faculty, Staff and Resident students only during the weekdays (6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). 

  • Commuter permits will be valid in the South Village Parking Deck only between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. weekdays.  This policy will be re-evaluated for spring semester, depending on residence hall occupancy demand.

Parking Construction Updates

Union Deck Expansion 

Confirmed: the expanded portion of the Union Deck will open on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Lot 5A delay

  • Due to unanticipated weather delays, Lot 5A (Commuter Lot) will NOT be available for the beginning of fall semester. The project team is working diligently to make this delay as short as possible. Updates will post on pats.uncc.edu and on Twitter, @unccparking.

  • Additional Commuter parking is available in Union Deck (levels 1-4), North Deck and CRI Deck, all served by Niner Transit.

Parking Tips

  • You must park “head-in” with your license plate visible from the drive lane. You cannot back into a space unless your vehicle is registered in a state that issues both front and back plates, or you have purchased the front plate alternative from PaTS.

  • 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 a.m. or park in a lot toward the margins of campus and utilize Niner Transit to move around campus.

  • Digital and printed signage will be posted at various locations throughout campus during the first week of school, letting you know what parking is available. Please pay attention to these signs as they will save you a lot of time and effort, directing you to the proper parking.

  • Parking is expected to be especially tight between Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 22, due to the first full days of classes.

  • 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 congestion in or near parking decks and lots. Move to a lower-demand area such as North Deck or CRI Deck. There are bus stops nearby for transportation to the center of campus if you don’t wish to walk.

Traffic Tips

  • Peak traffic times are 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • 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 homepage.

  • If leaving campus between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., 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 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., 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.). 

  • All shuttles from off-campus housing complexes must load and unload passengers at the bus loop of East Deck 2 only. Students utilizing private shuttle services are advised to leave early due to campus congestion during the first two weeks of classes.


Everything you need to know about parking and transportation at UNC Charlotte in a less than 10 minutes:





June 6, 2018

Parking permits for the 2018-19 academic year will be available for purchase through mypark.uncc.edu beginning July 1, 2018, and will reflect a 3 percent rate increase.

Here’s why rates are going up

While the cost of a UNC Charlotte parking permit remained static for four years, operating and administrative costs continued to rise. Additionally, PaTS committed more than $24 million last year to provide additional services for the campus community. The funds for these projects came from reserves that must be replenished to be able to keep pace with University growth. Read more about how parking funds are used on the PaTS website

The last time permit rates increased was 2013-2014, when prices rose 8 percent. This year’s 3 percent increase, approved by the Board of Trustees, changes the cost of a regular, annual permit from $450 to $465.  For more information, please review the permit types and price list.  

Photograph of North Deck Discount remote parking at North Deck

The Student Government Association asked PaTS to consider a discount parking option for North Deck. The idea was approved and will be available tocommuter students this fall. An annual permit to park in North Deck only will be $350. Quantity is limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Commuters also have the option of discount remote parking in Lot 6A (on the north corner of John Kirk and Cameron) and Lot 27 (near Harris Alumni House). Learn more about permit types and prices on the PaTS website.

Parking at Center City building

Fall semester parking at the Center City building (CCB) will continue to require a window decal until the new parking deck, operated by Preferred Parking, is open. If you had CCB parking privileges last year and will need them again this fall, please retain your 2017-18 CCB decal when purchasing your 2018-19 permit; current parking permissions will transfer. Those needing CCB parking for the first time will receive a new decal via U.S. mail at the permanent address on file in Banner if requested by July 31. After that date, the decal will be available for pick up at the CCB building (please allow 48 hours for decal to be processed and available).   

More to come! Look for an email update on the opening date for the Union Deck expansion and the fall parking and traffic outlook later this summer.

Questions? PaTS Communication Center is open 24 hours weekdays, 704-687-0161. We're also on Twitter, @unccparking

 





May 2, 2018

Relaxed enforcement in effect Thursday, May 3 through Friday, May 11

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.

Moving out? Reminder about loading and unloading

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

PaTS' Communication 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! 

Summer Parking

Summer parking permits are available for online purchase may be picked-up from the PaTS Office May 15.

  • If you bought a full-time permit in the fall or spring (Commuter, Resident, Greek Village, Faculty/Staff) your permit is good throughout summer (expiration is August 15).
  • Summer permits cost $110 per session (Summer 1 or 2) or $185 for both sessions. More information.




April 29, 2018

A recent article in Niner Times contained inaccurate information regarding parking permit increases for the 2018-2019 academic year. Here is the correct information on the topic.

Is it true parking permits are going up 6 percent next academic year?

It is true there will be a modest increase to parking permits for the 2018-2019 academic year. However, a decision has not yet been made on the exact increase. Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS) is evaluating several scenarios and will share more information with campus as soon as a decision is made.

Why is an increase happening?

The cost of a parking permit has not changed in four years even though operating and administrative costs continued to rise during that time. Additionally, in 2017-2018, PaTS committed more than $24M to provide additional services for customers, including the expansion of Union Deck and Lot 8, and parking and permit management hardware and software. These funds came from reserves that must be replenished because as the University continues to grow, some existing parking will have to give way to new buildings and new parking will be needed in other areas. 

Why do students have to pay for parking on top of tuition?

No state funding or tuition dollars are used to build and maintain parking facilities. The University has to pay for building the parking decks needed to accommodate those who use them, which includes students, faculty and staff. Everyone with a regular, full-time permit pays the same. A large percentage of permit fees goes toward design and construction of new parking decks and maintenance of existing decks/lots.

The Truth About Parking page on the PaTS website provides additional information about parking funding and how proceeds are spent.

Did SGA advocate for lower parking this past year with PaTS?

SGA never formally approached PaTS to discuss a decrease in permit costs. There was discussion about adding another discount remote permit in either North Deck or CRI Deck. PaTS listened to that suggestion and will add a discount remote permit for North Deck for commuters beginning in fall 2018.

Is UNC Charlotte the most inexpensive school in the system?

UNC Charlotte is not the most inexpensive school in the system, nor does it claim to be. It is, however, committed to value and accessibility for its students.  A comprehensive list of 2018-2019 tuition and fees for the UNC System shows that eight of the 16 system institutions have higher total tuition and fees for resident students than UNC Charlotte. Additionally, of all 16 institutions, UNC Charlotte is the fastest growing university in the system.

Are parking services the same across all universities in the UNC System?

No, they are not. Each school implements programs differently.

About ten years ago, the University developed a Campus Master Plan, which included placing parking primarily on the periphery of campus and building decks. This decision allows the University to maintain more open land space, makes the campus more pedestrian friendly and reduces congestion.  However, parking decks are more expensive to build and maintain than surface lots. Other universities in the system do not offer deck parking like UNC Charlotte does.

There are other differences in parking at UNC Charlotte versus other system institutions. For example, some universities ban freshmen from bringing cars to campus; others don’t have enough parking for their students and rely on a lottery system to determine who gets a permit or who goes on a waitlist for parking.

Are there are alternatives to parking on campus?  

Yes! Light rail brings the opportunity for students and employees  to avoid parking on campus. Students are encouraged to take advantage of their CATS all-access transit passes to use the train and bus systems to travel to campus. Faculty and staff can purchase a pass through PaTS.


 





April 18, 2018

May 14 through mid-June

(Updated 5/21/18) Craver Road closed Monday, May 14 so that water lines and a new pedestrian cross walk could be installed. Rain and other unforeseen delays have impacted the construction schedule; it may be mid-June before Carver Road reopens. Updates will post as soon as the new timeline is established. 

All Niner Transit routes will detour as follows:

Gold Route

Map of Gold route detour

Pin icon  indicating Stops with NO SERVICE

  • Levine
  • South Village
  • Cone Deck (on return from Foundation)
  • Reese (on return from Foundataion)
  • PaTs
  • Popp Martin Student Union

Temporary added stop icon STOPS ADDED during detour

  • Reese
  • Cone
  • West Deck
  • Hauser Alumni Pavillion (across the street)

Stops not disrupted iconSTOPS with NO DISRUPTION in service

  • Wallis - Light Rail
  • Police/FM
  • Hickory 
  • Fretwell 
  • Cato
  • Robinson
  • Harris Alumni Center
  • Foundation
  • Belk

Green Route

Map of Green route detour

Pin icon for stop with no serviceSTOPS with NO SERVICE

  • Woodward
  • Popp Martin Student Union
  • Auxiliary Services
  • Fretwell South
  • Cato
  • Robinson
  • Reese
  • Cone

Icon for temporary added stopSTOPS ADDED during detour

  • Hauser Alumni Pavillion
  • Irwin Belk Track and Field Center at first pedestrian crossing
  • Belk Track at second pedestrian crossing

pin icon for stop with no distruptionSTOPS with NO DISRUPTION in service

  • North Deck
  • Light Rail Main
  • Belk 
  • South Village Deck
  • Levine
  • Cato
  • Fretwell
  • Hickory
  • Student Health Center
  • Police/FM

Silver route

map of Silver route detour

pin icon no service stopSTOPS with NO SERVICE

  • PaTS
  • Popp Martin Student Union (both sides of street)
  • Woodward 
  • Auxiliary Services 

Pin icon for temporary added stopSTOPS ADDED during detour

  • Police/FM
  • Light Rail Main
  • Hauser Alumni Pavillion (both sides of street)
  • Wallace/Light Rail

icon pin for stops with no disruptionSTOPS with NO DISRUPTION in service

  • Martin
  • Lot 6
  • East Deck 2
  • Fretwell 
  • Hickory
  • Student Health Center
  • Athletics Complex 6, 20
  • EPIC 5, 21
  • Grigg 4, 22
  • PORTAL 2, 23
  • Duke

icon for PDF fileDetour maps PDF