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Facilities / Parking

Parking fees increase to support new technology, safety programs, alternative options

May 20, 2014

Faculty, staff, students and guests will benefit from expanded parking options, alternative transportation and new technology from revenue generated by parking permit fee increases.

The increases will go into effect starting July 1 and will help support immediate benefits, including:

  • a new cell phone app to locate available parking,
  • launching a new program in August, called Ram Guards, consisting of crossing guards at busy campus intersections to help pedestrians, bike riders, motorists, skateboarders and others safely cross,
  • travel-training services for students and employees to include safety strategies for bicycling as well as trip planning and alternative transportation education, and
  • electronic signs to direct drivers to open spaces in the Lake Street Garage and key parking lots on campus.

Focus on creating affordable alternatives

The increase also is a first step to help support the university’s shift to funding affordable alternatives to driving and parking on campus, which will be part of a long-term parking plan that will be developed during the next fiscal year. Parking and Transportation Services will be seeking input for the larger, 10-year plan over the next six months.

The permit fee increases are the first in two years, with increases from 16 percent to 25 percent for a variety of permits. With the increases, CSU parking fees continue to be lower than many peer universities, with faculty and staff annual fees 132 percent less than the average peer rate, and commuter student fees 115 percent less than the average peer rate.

“We recognize the importance of providing students and employees with a range of options - including expanded parking on campus, such as additional parking garages, along with incentives to bike, car pool and take public transit to work and class,” said Dave Bradford, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “Maintaining varied and affordable options for our workforce is a priority.”

The increase also will bring Foothills campus parking lot maintenance and upgrades into the fold of university parking services. Parking lots there are currently not maintained well and, because permits are not required, upkeep is not funded. The new fees will support incorporating parking meters and license plate recognition onto the campus.

The new fees will not go toward funding Around the Horn, the new on-campus shuttle that will begin running late summer, nor toward the new partnership with MAX and Transfort, an initiative that provides free rides to students and employees. Both initiatives have been funded through previously identified revenue.

Long-term planning in progress

The 10-year parking plan currently being explored, which would help sustain parking needs for up to the next 30 years, could include:

  • Additional parking garages
  • Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to campus across busy neighboring streets
  • Off-campus parking facilities
  • Foothills campus parking improvements
  • Alternative transportation incentives and programs, including:
  • Ride programs for employees and students who take alternative transportation to campus but have an unexpected need to get home
  • Expanded car pool and van pool options

Fee increases

Parking permit fees for faculty, staff and students will increase on July 1 as follows:

Faculty/Staff permits

  • Yearly from $261 to $317
  • Monthly from $37 to $44

Student Commuter

  • Yearly from $234 to $292
  • Semester from $146 to $181
  • Monthly from $33 to $40

Student Resident Halls

  • Yearly from $303 to $354
  • Monthly from $43 to $50


  • Yearly from $124 to $150


A study for parking and transportation, based on various scenarios for future growth of the university, includes consultant recommendations that are currently being considered.

Contact: Dell Rae Ciaravola