As a unit within the Division of Finance and Administration and Auxiliary Services, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) keeps the University of Idaho moving by facilitating a safe and efficient parking and transportation system. PTS strives for excellence in customer service and is committed to serving the U of I by providing clear and informative communications, making sound financial decisions, and engaging with stakeholders as our campus adapts to changing needs and growth.
To become a campus where a personally owned vehicle is not required to meet commuter and campus resident mobility needs.
We believe in a work environment and programs characterized by transparency, respect, integrity, fairness and consistency. We are problem solvers who believe in collaboration, teamwork and personal commitment with focus on cost‐effectiveness and fiscal responsibility, as we are financial stewards for our customers. We have respect and appreciation for the entire campus community and are dedicated to providing friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and specific customer service.
For FY21 parking permit prices will continue to adjust in accordance with the long-range permit fee plan first introduced to the campus community in spring 2018.
Goals with permit fees have been and continue to be:
- Utilize permit fees to manage parking supply and demand
- Adjust pricing of permits in relation to one another, with a goal of achieving values of $400 (Gold), $300 (Orange & residential), $200 (Red), $100 (Blue & economy) by FY24
- Moderate increases following FY24 to avoid stagnant prices that require substantial increases to catch up on revenue in future years (less impactful to customers)
- Continue to rely heavily on permit revenue for supporting all campus parking and transportation initiatives (including expanded support of alternative transportation options and annual funding of necessary parking lot maintenance)
- FY19 permit revenue made up 69% of total PTS revenue, and that is by design
- New expenses and continued need to maintain campus infrastructure require steady fee increases
- PTS will take on a new annual commitment in FY21 of $128K, providing the University of Idaho’s contribution to SMART Transit, Moscow’s free community public transit system
- $200K is budgeted annually for capital projects to repair and maintain campus parking infrastructure
Hourly rate changes to all individual campus parking meters and pay station parking lots (pay-by-plate areas) will take effect July 1, with some individual meters also having the maximum parking time limit adjusted.
Why are we increasing meter rates?
PTS’ business model relies primarily on revenue from services our customers choose to purchase in order to access campus; this includes first and foremost parking permits, but also meter revenue.
Meter rate increases occurred in 2013 (Lot 29 at the VandalStore went to the current $1/hour and many areas went from $1.25/hour to the current $1.50/hour), and again in 2016 when remaining $1.25/hour areas increased to the current $1.50/hour rate. There have been no adjustments to the hourly rates since 2016.
As PTS’ financial contribution towards alternative transportation programs increases and more students choose these options over driving to campus, PTS must look for opportunities to increase revenue in other areas in order to maintain financial stability; meter revenue increases is one of those opportunities.
What are we changing?
In general, hourly rates will increase from $0.75/hour to $1.00/hour in the off-hours (6 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.) and from $1.50/hour to $2/hour in the daytime hours.
Maximum Time Limits at Meters
Many campus parking meters and pay station lots allow parking with no maximum time limits, whereas others are located nearest facilities that offer services where patrons most often are making short visits. Meters at these locations are intended to serve these short-term visits and so they have limits on how long one can pay to park.
Effective July 1, 2020, a few areas will see adjustments to the maximum time limit and these meters will have signage on them indicating the maximum parking time available. With significant changes occurring in the Student Recreation Center parking lots 107 and 108 last year, no changes will occur to the rates or time limits in these lots at this time.
To improve space availability for Purple permit holders and better manage the number of active permits for the number of spaces in Purple lots, we are eliminating the policy that allows Purple and Silver permits to park in both Purple and Silver lots. This change will require students who move between the residence halls and Greek houses to exchange permits at our office.
Board-appointed employees are exclusively eligible to purchase an Auto-Renewal Vandal Permit in Gold, Red, and Blue. For FY21 new Vandal Permits will be ordered for existing and new auto-renewal customers. The current square permits will be replaced with new oval permits.
Red Lot 104 located at the WWAMI Building on Sweet Avenue, directly across the street from Blue Lot 60 will be mostly converted to a Blue permit lot effective August 24, 2020. Blue Lot 60 continues to experience high demand, especially from approximately 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. While survey data from February 2020 provides an average utilization of 85% for Blue Lot 60, there are times in the middle of the day that no spaces are available. Also collected in February 2020, survey data shows that Red Lot 104 is experiencing 25% lot utilization. Conversion of the west and south section (49 spaces) to Blue permit spaces will provide an overflow for Blue permit holders when Lot 60 is under high pressure.
A community bikeshare program, with support from University of Idaho students, City of Moscow and PTS, continues to be planned for launch during the fall 2020 semester. Once launched, U of I affiliates will have access to 50 electric pedal assist bicycles at no cost for up to 30 minutes per day.
Plans continue for implementation of a parking mobile payment app for use at all U of I pay-by-plate pay station lots, providing convenience and flexibility to users.