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Changes to the Campus Parking & Transportation System for FY20

FY20 parking and transportation system changes continue to align with our Strategic Plan for enhancing our campus alternative transportation network; addressing customer priorities of space availability and permit affordability; and our goals of improved parking technology, parking lot maintenance, and overall quality. 

Proposed changes to the campus parking and transportation system for FY2020 were released to the campus community for input on March 18, 2019, with feedback accepted through April 5, 2019. Feedback was received following presentations to the Parking Committee, Staff Council, Faculty Senate, ASUI Senate & Cabinet, and during six open forums. Additionally, nearly 200 emails received (via the Feedback Button above) provided feedback and suggestions. Positive and negative feedback that referenced one or more of the proposals was tallied and is available under Resources to the right.

We heard loud and clear that some of the proposed changes were especially impactful for some.Therefore, we made adjustments to two of the proposed parking system changes, eliminated one entirely, and are actively exploring several Vandals' suggestions. Final changes for FY2020 are summarized below.

FY20 Changes

In alignment with our goals to enhance alternative transportation options, the University of Idaho has partnered with shared mobility provider, Gotcha, and the City of Moscow, to launch a pedal assist e-bike share program. 50 pedal assist e-bikes will be available for use by U of I affiliates up to 30 minutes per day at no cost. The e-bikes can be used community-wide. More details on this exciting new transportation option will be coming soon.

Why the change?

  • Enhanced safety and aesthetics of parking areas in the campus core.
  • Increased availability of short-term parking in the core for campus guests and university business. Gold permitted parking will be relocated to nearby streets (University Avenue and Idaho Avenue), providing a net gain of 9 Gold permit spaces – see change #4 below.
  • Parking lot 35 north of the Student Health Center has been a gravel parking lot since approximately 1970. While centrally located, this lot has proved troublesome to use and maintain: it’s heavily sloped, difficult to plow and de-ice, and has a cramped layout. The new lot will be paved, appropriately drained, structurally sound and will serve our campus as a front-door parking location for prospective families, invited speakers and guests, and students and employees conducting short-term business in the campus core.
  • The new lot will include 2 disability spaces and 32 hourly pay spaces, providing an increase of 23 short-term parking spaces in the campus core.

What else should I know?

  • Timeframe: Parking lot 35 will be closed and under construction from mid-May through the end of July 2019.
  • To further improve customer service and convenience, mobile payment will be coming soon as an option for parkers in this lot, so no need to pull out the credit card or find coins. The future implementation of mobile payment will ease minds and reduce meter citations when a parker is running late – a few extra minutes can be added via a mobile device.

Why the change?

  • Expansion of the campus walkway boundary to enhance pedestrian safety and prioritize the pedestrian only environment in the campus core.
  • Reduction in vehicle traffic “hunting” for a metered parking space in a high pedestrian activity area. New and additional short-term parking will become available in nearby parking lot 35 north of Student Health Center, providing a net gain of 23 hourly pay spaces in the campus core.
  • Elimination of heavy vehicular traffic entering campus walkway to load/unload passengers in an area not designed for vehicular drop-offs. See change #4 which provides an alternative passenger loading area in the vicinity to meet this need.

What else should I know?

  • Timeframe: to be implemented by end of July 2019.
  • The campus walkway being restricted to all vehicles not displaying a valid campus walkway parking permit is not new. A valid campus walkway parking permit includes disability permits, service or delivery permits, or reserved permits for spaces located on the campus walkway.

Why the change?

  • Reduction in vehicle traffic volume entering the campus walkway. Reversed direction of one-way streets allows for designation of a loading zone on Ash Street to allow drivers to drop-off or pick-up passengers in a convenient manner, and exit down University Avenue without needing to enter the campus walkway. This passenger loading/unloading activity is both necessary and frequent, and can be achieved without mixing vehicles with pedestrians on the campus walkway.
  • Lays the foundation for potential transit stops in the campus core.
  • Enhanced safety and aesthetics of streets in the campus core – removing residential parking from University and Idaho Avenue will improve street maintenance. See change #5 which provides for the relocation of Purple permitted spaces.
  • Permitted parking changes on Idaho and University Avenues replace Gold permitted parking being removed from lot 35 at Student Health Center, providing a net gain of 9 Gold permit spaces.

What else should I know?

  • Timeframe: to be implemented by end of July 2019.
  • One-way streets: University Avenue, Ash Street, and Idaho Avenue will be reversed in direction (between Deakin Avenue and Ash Street).
  • One block of Elm Street will be reversed in direction, between University and Idaho Avenues.
  • All parking on Ash Street will be removed (between University and Idaho Avenues), this includes disability, visitor, and motorcycle spaces.
  • A loading zone will be designated on the west side of Ash Street to facilitate passenger drop-offs and lay the foundation for a future potential transit stop at this location.
  • Purple permitted on-street parking on University and Idaho Avenues (from Ash Street to Deakin Avenue) will be converted to Gold permitted parking.
  • The intersection of Deakin Avenue and University Avenue will become a 3-way stop.
  • This is a major traffic revision and will take some time to get used to. Look for traffic revision signage that will be placed to alert drivers to this change around mid-July once all permanent signage is updated.

The current Orange Lot will be a split permit designation, with the northern 14 spaces adjacent to Orange Lot 100 (Narrow Street) remaining Orange and the southern 53 spaces converted to Purple permitted spaces. 

Why the change?

  • Replace Purple permit parking being removed from University and Idaho Avenues (net gain of 14 Purple permit spaces) while maximizing use of campus parking resource that is currently underutilized as an Orange commuter lot (55% utilization).

What else should I know?

  • Timeframe: to be implemented by August 15, 2019.

Why the change?

  • Enhanced safety, maintenance and aesthetics of campus streets. Commuter parking with no overnight parking permitted, will allow for better maintained streets year-round.
  • Provides approximately 32 commuter parking spaces that serve to replace Orange Lot 6 commuter spaces being converted to Purple residential parking.

What else should I know?

  • Timeframe: to be implemented by August 15, 2019.

Why the change?

  • Managed permit distribution and space availability for commuting parkers on east side of campus. In keeping with the intent of the change for Blue lot 60 to a Red lot, reopening Lot 104 as a Red permit lot will consolidate all Blue parking lots on the west side of campus allowing for improved Blue permit distribution.

What else should I know?

  • Timeframe: to be implemented by August 15, 2019.
  • Parking lot 104 has been closed for all of FY19 as the WWAMI building is being renovated. The lot will reopen for FY20, with anticipated high activity level and demand from WWAMI students, faculty, and staff.

Conversion to pay lot at a lower rate of 50 cents/hour with a 2-hour maximum.

SRC Parking Lot 107 (east side) will operate as follows:

  • Payment required 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; no payment required during summer and academic breaks
  • 50 cents/hour with a 2 hour maximum time (can only pay for up to 2 hours)

SRC Parking Lot 108 (west side) will operate as follows:

  • Payment required 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; no payment required during summer and academic breaks
  • 50 cents/hour (no maximum time limit for purchase)

Why the change?

  • SRC East parking lot 107 is experiencing high demand – averaging 90% utilization between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Customer perception is that there is never a place to park at the SRC, while SRC West parking lot 108 (pay lot from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. currently) is experiencing low demand – averaging less than 40% utilization.
  • Reduce demand in SRC Lot 107 from those not actively using the SRC. It is estimated that 5-10 vehicles parked in Lot 107 during daytime hours are not actively using the SRC, taking space from active SRC users while enjoying free parking on campus.
  • Utilize automated systems to improve method of parking enforcement by increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and customer service. Enforcement of the lot at present is inefficient, ineffective, and misaligned with PTS values of friendly, courteous and specific customer service.
  • Encourage use of alternative transportation to get to the SRC.

Why the increase in parking permit prices?

  • Pricing is a tool that must be used to manage supply and demand of the campus parking system, as demand increases the price must increase.
  • PTS is a financially self-supporting unit that receives no general education funding and 67% of our revenue comes from parking permit sales. Increasing costs associated with maintaining the campus parking system require permit prices to increase.
  • In accordance with our vision to become a campus where a personally owned automobile is not required to meet mobility needs, PTS plans to increase financial support for new and enhanced alternative transportation. We begin making those financial commitments in FY20 with the introduction of Gotcha bike share to our community. Other commitments for alternative transportation programs are on the horizon, including: contribution to SMART Transit for increased service levels, growth in the Gotcha bike share program, ride share service, sponsorship of regional transportation for getting students home for academic breaks.
  • There are no plans for construction of new parking lots or parking garages on our campus. Parking permit prices must increase to encourage use of alternative transportation for students and employees to get around on campus and in our community.

What are the proposed parking permit prices for FY20?

  • In alignment with the 5-year fee projections established and shared in 2018, with modification to plans for Blue and Economy permits, parking permit fees will increase for FY20 as follows:
    • Gold: $338 to $352 (with intent to reach $400 level by 2024)
      Increase of $14, 4%, or $0.87/payroll deduction with 16 deductions
    • Orange: $250 to $260 (with intent to reach $300 level by 2024)
      Increase of $10, 4%, or $0.62/payroll deduction with 16 deductions)
    • Silver, Purple, Green: $196 to $224 (with intent to reach $300 level by 2024)
      Increase of $28, or 14%
    • Red: $172, no increase proposed for FY20 (with intent to reach $200 level by 2024)
    • Blue: $64 to $70 (with intent to reach $100 by 2024)
      Increase of $6, 10%, or $0.67/payroll deduction with 9 deductions
    • Economy: $35 to $47 (with intent to reach $100 by 2024)
      Increase of $12, or 34%
    • View the 2019-20 Campus Parking Map

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Office hours during academic breaks:
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