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Facilities / Parking

Parking Services unveils new meters

August 20, 2013

The new, easier license plate recognition parking permit system is in place and working on campus.

The new system will be piloted this year before being fully implemented to replace decal permits next summer.

Students, visitors and CSU colleagues will notice Parking Services vehicles moving slowly through campus parking lots while the permit system cameras scan license plates. The vehicles also will make frequent stops. Because of their slow travel and frequent stops, Parking Services asks that drivers be on the lookout for the vehicles and be cautious when driving into lots and down streets while the enforcement vehicles are scanning plates.

All CSU parking permit holders are required to park with their license plates visible from the drive lane. This means that individuals with only a rear plate must park with the plate facing the drive lane in a parking lot, and the license plates of all permitted vehicles cannot be obstructed.

“Over the next few months we’ll be fine-tuning this new system and resolving glitches,” said David Bradford, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “We’ll also be bringing some hybrid parking enforcement vehicles on line as part of our commitment to sustainability.”

No more dashboard receipts

New parking meters have been installed in several locations on campus. The meters are no longer "pay and display,” but also are connected to the license plate recognition system. When paying the meter, users no longer need to wait for a receipt to be displayed on the dash; instead, they simply enter their license plate number into the meter machine, which sends information to Parking Services enforcement vehicles while they check the metered lots.

In addition to hourly parking at meters, daily permits are available at several dispensers on campus: the Moby lot, No. 195; the Art Building lot, No. 505; the University Square lot, No. 575; the Spruce Hall lot, No. 330 and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital lot. Daily permits are purchased by license plate number as well at these dispensers.

Daily permits can be used in any “Z” parking lot for the date they are valid; hourly meter permits are not transferable to other lots.   


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009