Parking and Transportation Tips and Changes - Fall 2019

What’s Most Important to Know about Campus Parking

  • Parking permits are required to park and are enforced on the first day of class. Purchasing a permit online is the easiest way to get your permit.
  • Permits are virtual so there is nothing to pick up. (Permit types and pricing information can be found on the PaTS website.)
  • Parking privileges are assigned to your UNCC MyPark account (based on the type of permit you buy) and verified through license plate recognition (LPR). Equipment installed at decks and lots scans your plate as you enter and exit.
  • If LPR fails for any reason, your 49er ID Card serves as a secondary credential – just place your card at the card reader on the equipment column.
  • 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.
  • Parking demand is exceptionally high during the first two weeks of the fall semester, particularly at Union Deck. Plan to either arrive before 8 a.m. or park in a lot toward the margins of campus and take Niner Transit or Charlotte Wheels to move around campus.

If you're not yet able to purchase a permit

  • 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-plate have designated short-term visitor parking.
  • You may also buy temporary daily permits for $8 per day that allow Commuters to park in Yellow or Orange parking lots or decks, Residents to park in Blue lots or decks and Faculty/Staff to park in Yellow, Orange or Blue parking lots or decks.
  • Discount daily permits ($4 per day) in North Deck will be available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 15 and will be available for use Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 23. Permits may be purchased through PaTS’ online event parking portal.

Prefer paying via cash or check?

If you do not wish to order a permit online or need assistance with your purchase, please go to the PaTS office at 9643 Poplar Lane (Building 92)

Parking Tips

  • The Parking Availability mobile website shows the available parking percentage of campus decks in real time with color-coded numbers; green for 40 percent or more open, gold for 10 to 39 percent and red for less than 10 percent available.
  • During the first week of class, look for digital and printed signage posted throughout campus that directs to proper parking.
  • Parking is expected to be especially tight between Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Aug. 21, due to the first full days of classes. Have a plan in mind for alternative parking if your first preference is full when you arrive. See the UNC Charlotte parking map.
  • Don’t circle a full lot or deck! A full deck typically remains full for three to four hours so 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 p.m. to 6 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 p.m. and 6 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 Boulevard).
  • If arriving on campus between 5 p.m. and 6 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 Boulevard).

UNC Charlotte Center City Parking 

  • UNC Charlotte Center City requires specific parking credentials, which are assigned to students registered for classes as determined by the schedule listed in Banner. No window decal is required.
  • Faculty/Staff who need parking privileges at Center City Building must add the CCB permission to their permit at the time of purchase.
  • CCB does not have separate parking dedicated to the building. The University has negotiated an arrangement with Preferred Parking, Inc. for Faculty/Staff and Student parking. Parking is currently located in the 422 Lot (southeast corner of N. Brevard Street and E. 9th Street). Parking in the Center City area is limited and only to be used for class or business at the Center City Building.

CATS All-Access Transit Pass

  • For students, the Charlotte Area Transit (CATS) all-access transit pass is included in your Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge (MTSC), providing you with unlimited, fare-free rides on CATS LYNX light rail, streetcar, and all local and express bus routes. Your 49er ID Card serves as your ticket, so be sure to keep it with you.
  • Faculty/Staff may purchase an annual pass for $75 or a semester pass for $50, which provides you with unlimited, fare-free rides on CATS LYNX light rail, streetcar, and all local and express bus routes, including the airport Sprinter. The pass will be valid beginning Aug. 15. Allow five (5) business days from the time of purchase for transit passes to become active on your 49er ID Card. The 49er ID card serves as your ticket for all transportation methods, so be sure to keep it with you.
  • The CATS LYNX light rail can take you all the way from Pineville to Center City to campus and many stops in between.
  • Stay up to date on alerts and route changes with @CATSRideTransit.

Disability Parking and Transportation

  • 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.
  • Niner Paratransit (formerly SafeRide ADA) provides disability transport for those with mobility impairments who have registered for the service, which is available Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services require registration through the Office of Disability Services and completion of a Disability Medical Verification Request form. Niner Paratransit is also available to those who need assistance on a temporary basis. 
  • Scheduling in advance is highly recommended.

Niner Transit Bus Service

Niner Transit serves campus until 2 a.m. (even on the weekends)!

  • Niner Transit is fare-free to all UNC Charlotte students, faculty/staff and visitors. Bus stop lists and route maps are available online.
  • Niner Transit buses have two doors. So that buses may load/unload safely and efficiently, the front door is for passengers getting on the bus; all disembarking is done through the back door. (Except disability assistance riders)
  • No eating, or drinking allowed on the bus.
  • You may not eat or drink on the bus. Any food or beverage brought onto a bus must be spill proof. (Example, a disposable cup with a lid and straw does not qualify as spill proof.)
  • Real-time GPS tracking for Niner Transit and Niner Paratransit (disability transportation) is available via smartphone or website with the UNCC NextRide app (FREE at Android and iOS app stores) or nextride.uncc.edu
  • Niner Transit bus service ending times may vary due to inclement weather and holidays. Stay up to date on changes with the PaTS website.

New Copper Route

  • The Copper Route has been added to serve campus between the UNC Charlotte Main Station (light rail station) and the Foundation Building (across Rt. 49) with seven popular destination stops in between. This route is serviced using a smaller, 15-passenger mini-bus. View the Copper Route stops and schedule.

Gold Route Change

  • Niner Transit Gold Route will no longer serve the Foundation Building and Annex. Instead, it will now follow the Green Route, but in reverse direction.

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