Permit Prices for 2015-2016
This is the time of year when parking permit rates are recommended and approved for the upcoming academic year. For the second year in a row, the recommendation is that the cost of UNC Charlotte parking permits remain the same. (Permit prices)
That's right, 0% increase! Which is especially good news considering that prior to 2014-15, the price was rising five to eight percent every year.
Permit prices are determined by how much will be needed to support a ten-year financial plan that will pay for parking that accommodates enrollment. Although enrollment increased this year (and is expected to do so again next year) the demand for parking has leveled off. More students are electing not to bring a car on to campus, choosing remote parking options, taking campus- or apartment complex-provided shuttles, walking, and biking. No increase in demand means no need to plan, build and pay for additional parking facilities at this time.
Want to know more about how permit price is determined and where the money goes? Read The Truth About UNC Charlotte Parking.
Spring Space Counts
Another thing Parking and Transportation Services releases this time of year the semester's parking space inventory.
Spaces may be few in areas closest to the center of campus at the most densely scheduled class times, but there's plenty of parking available elsewhere. Space counts, which are taken regularly, prove that UNC Charlotte has sufficient parking for visitors, faculty, staff, and students. Students are the population who most heavily use parking and for whom most of the parking is designated. As you can see, even at peak scheduled class time, thousands of available parking spaces are empty.
Here are the numbers for Spring 2015, Monday - Thursday.* Italicized rows are areas that tend to fill at peak class times. Bold entries have the most parking to spare.
|Location||Total Available||Unoccupied 10:00 AM||Unoccupied 12:00 PM||Unoccupied 2:00 PM||Unoccupied 4:00 PM||Unoccupied 6:00 PM|
|Lot 26 (at FM/Police Bldg)||86||1||6||3||19||67|
|Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon)||497||127||125||138||146||179|
|Lot 19 (by Union Deck)||261||1||2||8||22||45|
|Lot 18 (by Union Deck)||94||1||1||3||18||35|
|CRI Deck 1||1319||1021||950||1025||1029||1215|
|CRI Lot 2||128||1||5||1||29||97|
|Lot 23 (CRI by stadium)||174||1||5||1||29||97|
|Lot 14 (by Tennis complex)||27||8||2||1||7||6|
|Lot 7A (Memorial Hall)||37||1||2||1||6||25|
|Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck)||43||0||0||1||5||4|
|Lot 101 Foundation Bldg.||60||30||31||30||36||51|
|South Village Deck||1101||617||616||629||692||741|
|Lot 8 (adjacent to South Village Deck)||246||3||11||2||26||35|
|Lot 8A (by RDH)||55||0||2||0||1||0|
|Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm)||233||0||1||1||7||9|
|Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon)||105||0||0||1||1||0|
|Lot 21 (next to Witherspoon)||134||1||1||1||4||5|
|Mary Alex (on street)||42||1||1||1||0||3|
|Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron)||84||0||1||1||15||36|
|Lot 13 (Hawthorn)||140||0||2||5||9||18|
|Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.)||607||420||377||391||441||472|
|Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.)||582||67||43||94||234||334|
|Lot 5A (Van Landingham)||251||175||75||111||179||226|
|Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk)||128||24||14||40||72||109|
|East Deck 3||804||202||99||234||390||614|
|East Deck 2||539||6||20||31||61||173|
The take-away for Commuters is same as last year:
- Everyone wants to park as close as they can to their class and most classes are scheduled from about 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Therefore, more students are trying to park in the same places at the same time. Your competition is stiff.
- Take a look at the Commuter parking areas in bold. Did you know that every one of them has a shuttle stop?
- For just one day, try parking in Lot 6, North Deck or South Village Deck. The Red Line runs three buses from Lot 6 through the center of campus via the Student Union and out to the CRI campus (Mon-Thu; two buses Fri). You can catch the Green Line from North Deck and both the Yellow and Green Lines from South Village Deck. Download the UNCCNextRide app or view the mobile web site to see where the shuttle is and when it will get to your stop. It may seem odd to park so far away from your familiar, preferred spots, but just do it ONCE. After you see how easy it is to get from where you've parked to where you're going, it won't be nearly as annoying to park there are days when your favorite parking area is full.
- There's NO REASON to park illegally in a full lot or deck and risk getting a citation and there's NO REASON to circle a deck until you miss class.
- There are still no plans to take down the Belk Tower to put up a 20-story parking deck. Future parking facilities will continue to follow the campus master plan and be placed toward the margins of campus.
*Counts taken over a two week period of normal class schedule (no holiday/break).