Auxiliary Services News

June 7, 2018

Parking permits for the 2018-19 academic year will be available for purchase through mypark.uncc.edu beginning July 1, 2018, and will reflect a 3 percent rate increase.

Here’s why rates are going up

While the cost of a UNC Charlotte parking permit remained static for four years, operating and administrative costs continued to rise. Additionally, PaTS committed more than $24 million last year to provide additional services for the campus community. The funds for these projects came from reserves that must be replenished to be able to keep pace with University growth. Read more about how parking funds are used on the PaTS website

The last time permit rates increased was 2013-2014, when prices rose 8 percent. This year’s 3 percent increase, approved by the Board of Trustees, changes the cost of a regular, annual permit from $450 to $465.  For more information, please review the permit types and price list.  

Photograph of North Deck Discount remote parking at North Deck

The Student Government Association asked PaTS to consider a discount parking option for North Deck. The idea was approved and will be available tocommuter students this fall. An annual permit to park in North Deck only will be $350. Quantity is limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Commuters also have the option of discount remote parking in Lot 6A (on the north corner of John Kirk and Cameron) and Lot 27 (near Harris Alumni House). Learn more about permit types and prices on the PaTS website.

Parking at Center City building

Fall semester parking at the Center City building (CCB) will continue to require a window decal until the new parking deck, operated by Preferred Parking, is open. If you had CCB parking privileges last year and will need them again this fall, please retain your 2017-18 CCB decal when purchasing your 2018-19 permit; current parking permissions will transfer. Those needing CCB parking for the first time will receive a new decal via U.S. mail at the permanent address on file in Banner if requested by July 31. After that date, the decal will be available for pick up at the CCB building (please allow 48 hours for decal to be processed and available).   

More to come! Look for an email update on the opening date for the Union Deck expansion and the fall parking and traffic outlook later this summer.

Questions? PaTS Communication Center is open 24 hours weekdays, 704-687-0161. We're also on Twitter, @unccparking

 


May 3, 2018

Relaxed enforcement in effect Thursday, May 3 through Friday, May 11

What the means specifically is that:

  • Permits are still required to park
  • Meters are enforced
  • Visitor deck fees must be paid

​Any semester or year-long permit is valid 24/7

  • Two-Day permits are valid 7 days per week
  • Night permits are valid at any time

Any valid permit may park in any non-reserved student space

  • Commuter permits may park in Resident and Greek spaces
  • Resident permits may park in Commuter and Greek spaces
  • Greek permits may park in Commuter and Resident spaces
  • Faculty/Staff permits may park in any student space including Lot 16
  • Lot 6A and Lot 27 permits may park in any student space

Temporary (daily) permits are valid ONLY for the days purchased.

Permits are not enforced on weekends after 10:00 PM Friday until 5:00 AM Monday and when the PaTS Call Center is closed.

Moving out? Reminder about loading and unloading

For short term parking by a building to carry something in or out, call the PaTS Communication Center at 704-687-0161. Give your vehicle information and location. You'll be given some direction and 15 minutes to park.

PaTS' Communication Center line has someone available to help you 24/5 (weekdays from 5:00 AM continuously through 10:00 PM Friday). When in doubt, ASK, please! 

Summer Parking

Summer parking permits are available for online purchase may be picked-up from the PaTS Office May 15.

  • If you bought a full-time permit in the fall or spring (Commuter, Resident, Greek Village, Faculty/Staff) your permit is good throughout summer (expiration is August 15).
  • Summer permits cost $110 per session (Summer 1 or 2) or $185 for both sessions. More information.

April 30, 2018

A recent article in Niner Times contained inaccurate information regarding parking permit increases for the 2018-2019 academic year. Here is the correct information on the topic.

Is it true parking permits are going up 6 percent next academic year?

It is true there will be a modest increase to parking permits for the 2018-2019 academic year. However, a decision has not yet been made on the exact increase. Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS) is evaluating several scenarios and will share more information with campus as soon as a decision is made.

Why is an increase happening?

The cost of a parking permit has not changed in four years even though operating and administrative costs continued to rise during that time. Additionally, in 2017-2018, PaTS committed more than $24M to provide additional services for customers, including the expansion of Union Deck and Lot 8, and parking and permit management hardware and software. These funds came from reserves that must be replenished because as the University continues to grow, some existing parking will have to give way to new buildings and new parking will be needed in other areas. 

Why do students have to pay for parking on top of tuition?

No state funding or tuition dollars are used to build and maintain parking facilities. The University has to pay for building the parking decks needed to accommodate those who use them, which includes students, faculty and staff. Everyone with a regular, full-time permit pays the same. A large percentage of permit fees goes toward design and construction of new parking decks and maintenance of existing decks/lots.

The Truth About Parking page on the PaTS website provides additional information about parking funding and how proceeds are spent.

Did SGA advocate for lower parking this past year with PaTS?

SGA never formally approached PaTS to discuss a decrease in permit costs. There was discussion about adding another discount remote permit in either North Deck or CRI Deck. PaTS listened to that suggestion and will add a discount remote permit for North Deck for commuters beginning in fall 2018.

Is UNC Charlotte the most inexpensive school in the system?

UNC Charlotte is not the most inexpensive school in the system, nor does it claim to be. It is, however, committed to value and accessibility for its students.  A comprehensive list of 2018-2019 tuition and fees for the UNC System shows that eight of the 16 system institutions have higher total tuition and fees for resident students than UNC Charlotte. Additionally, of all 16 institutions, UNC Charlotte is the fastest growing university in the system.

Are parking services the same across all universities in the UNC System?

No, they are not. Each school implements programs differently.

About ten years ago, the University developed a Campus Master Plan, which included placing parking primarily on the periphery of campus and building decks. This decision allows the University to maintain more open land space, makes the campus more pedestrian friendly and reduces congestion.  However, parking decks are more expensive to build and maintain than surface lots. Other universities in the system do not offer deck parking like UNC Charlotte does.

There are other differences in parking at UNC Charlotte versus other system institutions. For example, some universities ban freshmen from bringing cars to campus; others don’t have enough parking for their students and rely on a lottery system to determine who gets a permit or who goes on a waitlist for parking.

Are there are alternatives to parking on campus?  

Yes! Light rail brings the opportunity for students and employees  to avoid parking on campus. Students are encouraged to take advantage of their CATS all-access transit passes to use the train and bus systems to travel to campus. Faculty and staff can purchase a pass through PaTS.


 


April 19, 2018

May 14 through mid-June

(Updated 5/21/18) Craver Road closed Monday, May 14 so that water lines and a new pedestrian cross walk could be installed. Rain and other unforeseen delays have impacted the construction schedule; it may be mid-June before Carver Road reopens. Updates will post as soon as the new timeline is established. 

All Niner Transit routes will detour as follows:

Gold Route

Map of Gold route detour

Pin icon  indicating "No Service" stopsStops with NO SERVICE

  • Levine
  • South Village
  • Cone Deck (on return from Foundation)
  • Reese (on return from Foundataion)
  • PaTs
  • Popp Martin Student Union

Temporary added stop icon STOPS ADDED during detour

  • Reese
  • Cone
  • West Deck
  • Hauser Alumni Pavillion (across the street)

Stops not disrupted iconSTOPS with NO DISRUPTION in service

  • Wallis - Light Rail
  • Police/FM
  • Hickory 
  • Fretwell 
  • Cato
  • Robinson
  • Harris Alumni Center
  • Foundation
  • Belk

Green Route

Map of Green route detour

Pin icon for stop with no serviceSTOPS with NO SERVICE

  • Woodward
  • Popp Martin Student Union
  • Auxiliary Services
  • Fretwell South
  • Cato
  • Robinson
  • Reese
  • Cone

Icon for temporary added stopSTOPS ADDED during detour

  • Hauser Alumni Pavillion
  • Irwin Belk Track and Field Center at first pedestrian crossing
  • Belk Track at second pedestrian crossing

pin icon for stop with no distruptionSTOPS with NO DISRUPTION in service

  • North Deck
  • Light Rail Main
  • Belk 
  • South Village Deck
  • Levine
  • Cato
  • Fretwell
  • Hickory
  • Student Health Center
  • Police/FM

Silver route

map of Silver route detour

pin icon no service stopSTOPS with NO SERVICE

  • PaTS
  • Popp Martin Student Union (both sides of street)
  • Woodward 
  • Auxiliary Services 

Pin icon for temporary added stopSTOPS ADDED during detour

  • Police/FM
  • Light Rail Main
  • Hauser Alumni Pavillion (both sides of street)
  • Wallace/Light Rail

icon pin for stops with no disruptionSTOPS with NO DISRUPTION in service

  • Martin
  • Lot 6
  • East Deck 2
  • Fretwell 
  • Hickory
  • Student Health Center
  • Athletics Complex 6, 20
  • EPIC 5, 21
  • Grigg 4, 22
  • PORTAL 2, 23
  • Duke

icon for PDF fileDetour maps PDF


March 7, 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


    February 21, 2018

    Light Rail to campus and new bus routes - how will CATS service impact or benefit you?

    Make sure you know how to get to where you need to go! Make plans to come by the Transit Fair:

    Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Popp Martin Student Union, Rm 200. 

    Drop in any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and meet with CATS representatives who will share information and answer your questions. UNC Charlotte will have staff available to answer questions about how Niner Transit, Paratransit and Charlotte Wheels will interface with light rail service, and about the arrival of light rail to campus. 

    CATS staff are also prepared to discuss the Envision My Ride initiative that will redesign the current bus system. Learn about current recommendations for the future redesign of the bus system and offer your input to help guide future development.

    Changes to CATS bus routes

    Beginning March 16, 2018, the 9.3-mile LYNX alignment will extend from 7th Street Station in Center City through the North Davidson and University areas, terminating on the UNC Charlotte campus. In order to better connect to the LYNX Blue Line Extension, CATS has adopted service changes to over 20 bus routes. Affected routes include: 3, 4, 11, 13, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 39, 50, 54, 59, 97, 98, 99, 201, 204, 211, and 232. In addition, over 700 bus stops will be altered or discontinued. Here's a detailed map that shows the upcoming changes. 

    Get excited! Watch this trailer for Lynx light rail extension: https://youtu.be/9F1ZFqMuRkg

     

     

     

     


    February 1, 2018

    Thursdays at Crown Commons honor Black History Month

    The Chartwells culinary team pays homage to famous African-American chefs with culinary recreations of their favorite recipes. 

    headshots of chefs featured: Duprat, Samuelsson, Terry, Lewis

    • Thursday, Feb. 1, Lunch  – Chef Faatimah’s interpretation of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Ron Duprat: French Caribbean Shrimp over Rice with Mango and Papaya Salsa
    • Thursday, Feb. 8, Lunch – Chef Melvin ‘s take on Marcus Sameuelsson of Harlem’s famous Red Rooster and Food Network: Double Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp
    • Thursday, Feb. 15, Lunch – Diane Moore presents Bryant Terry, Afro-vegan eco-chef:  Tofu Curry with Mustard Greens, Blackeyed Pea Fritters with Hot Pepper Sauce
    • Thursday, February 22, DinnerEdna Lewis presented by James Boulware: Sautéed Chicken with Hominy Casserole, Simmered Greens, Corn Meal Dumplings, Baked Tomatoes, Hoppin’ John and Blackberry Cobbler

    Pop-up Teaching Kitchen

    Learn how to properly make chocolate covered strawberries, Monday, February 12 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Rotunda. Space is limited so get there early!

    Valentine's Day

    Don't forget that Union Station (main level, Popp Martin Student Union) is a convenient spot to pick up something for your sweetheart. They'll have have heart balloons, balloon bouquets and cute candy-filled mugs ready for giving on Wednesday, February 14. 

    Free Postcards!

    Photo of the 4 illustrated postcards for Valentines Day featuring NormSend someone a little love from Niner Nation! Four-packs of postcards featuring Norm are FREE while they last at REPROS Document Center and Mail & Package Services (lower level, Prospector) and Union Station (Popp Martin Student Union). 

     

    Or, for giving out by hand, here's a PDF of Norm Valentines to print-and-cut

    Thumbnail of print-and-cut paper valentines featuring Norm

     

     


    January 2, 2018

    Thursday's Education Day event means concentrated visiting bus traffic and temporary closure of Craver Road. 

    • Craver Road will close from Library Lane to Cameron Boulevard, 8 a.m. until about 4 p.m., to accommodate safe loading/unloading of 106 school buses
    • Expect delays on Van Landingham and Mary Alexander Roads between 12 and 3 p.m.

    Niner Transit route detours

    • Niner Transit will alter routes from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All routes will be affected. Detour maps follow.
    • Stops that will not be serviced during detour hours will be marked with signs. 
    • The UNCCNextRide app will not reflect detoured bus routes. Arrival estimates will be inaccurate until regular service is restored late Thursday afternoon.

    Gold Route

    Gold buses will not stop along Craver Road, University Road or Broadrick Boulevard. No service to Popp Martin Student Union, Cone Deck, Reese or PaTS.

    January 4, 2018 detour map for Niner Transit Gold Line

    Green Route

    Green buses will not stop along Craver Road or Alumni Way. No service to Popp Martin Student Union, Auxiliary Services or Levine Hall.

    Map of Green Route detour

    Silver Route

    Cross-campus service will exclude Craver Road stops: PaTS, Popp Martin Student Union and Woodward.

    Niner Transit detour map for Silver route, January 4

    Also -

    • Niner Paratransit will operate as usual.
    • Those with premium F/S and/or ADA parking privileges for Lots 15 and 16A will be allowed entry.
    • For specific parking and transportation questions, call the PaTS Communication Center, 704-687-0161.

    November 27, 2017

    Parking and Transportation Services does space counts a few weeks into every semester to check that parking supply is sufficient for demand. These counts also inform planning for future parking facilities. All parking designations are counted: resident and commuter students, 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.

    It comes as no surprise that parking is especially tight this year with the loss of Lots 18 and 19. 

    Student parking at a glance

    bar graph charts show space availability for Commuter, Resident and C/R combined lots

    Student parking by the numbers

    Here are the numbers for Fall 2017, Monday - Thursday.*

    • Italicized entries are areas most likely to be filled between 9:30AM-11AM. 
    • Bold entries have the most parking to spare throughout the day.

    Student Parking Space Count, Fall 2017

     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) 86 0 1 5 36 62
    North Deck 1167 516 317 393 485 668
    Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 481 41 37 40 123 128
    Union Deck 567 0 3 25 98 158
    CRI Deck 1 1300 664 675 738 865 1122
    CRI Lot 2 129 0 0 2 31 79
    Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 180 0 2 1 5 23
    Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 22 1 1 1 6 10
    West Deck 763 0 10 30 140 300
    Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 38 0 0 1 6 21
    Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 112 0 0 0 7 3
    Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 61 12 18 12 43 58
    South Village Deck 1092 111 85 97 243 297
    Lot 8 (by So.Village Deck) 245 0 1 4 16 12
    Lot 8A 52 0 0 2 1 0
    Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 131 1 1 1 4 6
    Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 1 1 2 1
    Lot 21 (beside Witherspoon) 133 1 0 1 6 3
    Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 51 2 1 2 12 40
    Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 138 1 1 2 3 5
    Greek Village 330 130 130 148 140 113
    Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 602 62 35 107 209 113
    Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 580 0 25 63 143 328
    Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 251 11 21 45 113 203
    Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 127 2 10 22 57 97
    East Deck 3 807 15 37 99 356 548
    East Deck 2 518 0 7 28 119 171
    TOTAL 10,068** 1,570 1,419 1,870 3,269 4,569

    *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 13,414 (down 517 spaces from last year's total of 13,931). 

    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.) 

    Main points for Commuters:

    Everyone wants to park as close as they can to their class and most classes are scheduled from about 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Therefore, more students are trying to park in the same places at the same time. Competition is stiff. When the Union Deck expansion is finished and light rail service to campus begins, there should be some easing of demand. Until then:

    • 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 the shuttle or walk to class. Once you've tried an alternative parking area, it won't feel as annoying to park there on days when your preferred parking is full.
    • Download the UNCCNextRide app or access the NextRide mobile web site you view where the shuttle 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 full deck or lot at 9:30 a.m. will likely remain so until around 1 p.m. or so. 

    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.

     


    October 10, 2017

    Graphic that says, "Good Food Good Mood"Now is the time to recharge your Optional Dining Account because from now until November 10, deposits of $100 or more get bonus dollars!

    • Deposit $100 - $249, receive $5 extra
    • Deposit  $250 - $399, receive $25 extra
    • Deposit $400 or more, receive $50 extra

    That's free money to enjoy your at any campus dining venue, any time you like. For those on meal plans who find the Declining Balance (DB) portion of the plan is running low, supplement those funds by recharging your ODA and maximize it with the bonus. Like ODA funds, bonus dollars do not expire and roll over semester to semester, year after year, as long as you're enrolled. 

    Bonus dollars are automatically added to ODA deposits* and reflected on your account. This offer is open to all students, faculty and staff. 

    Deposit to ODA online . Offer expires 5:00 PM, Tuesday, November 10, 2017.

    *Bonus dollars credited the Monday after deposit made.