Parking space count report, Spring 2018

Parking and Transportation Services conducts space counts every semester to check that parking supply is sufficient for demand and to plan for future parking facilities.  All parking designations are counted — residents and commuters, 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

    parking space count bar charts: Student Parking, Commuter, Resident, Combined

    Student parking by the numbers

    Here are the space counts for Spring 2018, Monday - Thursday by area.*

    • Italicized entries are areas most likely to be filled between 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. 

    • Bold entries have the most parking to spare throughout the day.

    Student Parking Space Count, Spring 2018

     Location Total Available Unoccupied 10 a.m. Unoccupied 12 p.m. Unoccupied 2 p.m. Unoccupied 4 p.m. Unoccupied 6 p.m.
    Lot 26 (at FM/Police) 86 0 0 2 41 61
    North Deck 1167 570 506 530 609 734
    Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 481 62 48 67 114 159
    Union Deck 567 0 1 11 132 191
    CRI Deck 1 1300 769 759 709 941 1160
    CRI Lot 2 129 0 4 3 36 91
    Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 180 3 3 1 17 66
    Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 22 0 1 5 5 8
    West Deck 763 1 3 23 188 344
    Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 38 0 1 2 6 18
    Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 112 0 0 0 2 6
    Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 61 15 21 13 35 57
    South Village Deck 1092 112 105 168 250 336
    Lot 8 (by So.Village Deck) 245 2 1 4 14 8
    Lot 8A 52 0 0 1 2 0
    Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 233 1 1 3 7 8
    Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 1 2 1 1
    Lot 21 (beside Witherspoon) 133 1 1 1 2 3
    Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 51 1 1 2 12 38
    Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 138 0 2 3 5 12
    Greek Village 330 112 124 126 135 164
    Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 602 228 49 120 222 333
    Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 580 4 33 62 159 228
    Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 251 50 24 53 108 216
    Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 127 5 10 23 53 95
    East Deck 3 807 49 94 116 337 606
    East Deck 2 518 7 24 23 90 165
    TOTAL 10,170** 1,992 1,817 2,073 3,523 5,106

    *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 13,416 (that's down 517 spaces from last year's total of 13,931 but two more than we had in the Fall). 

    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.) 

    The take-away

    • Parking areas closest to the academic center fill during peak class times. (Nothing new here!)
    • Overall, this semester averages more open spaces than were counted last Fall. That's a bit of a surprise because historically, there are more cars on campus in the Spring.
    2017-18 Total Unoccupied Space Comparison
      10 a.m. 12 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m.
    Fall  1,570 1,419 1,870 3,269 4,569
    Spring  1,992 1,817 2,073 3,523 5,106
    Difference + 422 + 398 + 203 + 254 + 537

    Main points for Commuters

    Everyone wants to park as close as they can and most classes are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., creating peak demand on parking during those hours.

    • Take a look at the Commuter parking areas in bold. They are generally the least crowded and every one of them has a Niner Transit bus stop nearby.
    • 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 Niner Transit or walk to class. Once you've tried an alternative parking area, it will be less annoying to park there on days when your preferred parking is full.
    • Download the UNCCNextRide app or access the NextRide mobile web site to see where the bus is and when it will get to your stop. 
    • 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 deck or lot that's full at 9:30 a.m. will likely remain full until around 2 p.m. 

    It will get better!

    • Light rail service to campus will make a difference and next year, when the Union Deck expansion is finished, there should be a noticeable ease in demand. (Nonetheless, the closest parking will always fill up during periods when classes are most densely scheduled.)
    • If you have a parking permit but plan to change from commuting by car to taking light rail, you can void your parking permit and get some money back if you cancel prior to April 27. Canceling the week of March 19 will yield a $74 return. Refund schedule. Call the PaTS Communication Center for details, 704-687-0161. 

    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 Union Deck Expansion under construction. Credit: W. Bruton