WSU Transportation Services increases parking permit prices – The Daily Evergreen
The increases in the price of permits will finance various projects; parking lots should fill up this school year
WSU Transportation Services plans to use the revenue from increased parking permit rates to make up for several projects delayed due to the pandemic.
The average 10% parking rate hike was supposed to go into effect last year, but was postponed until July 1 due to the pandemic, said Chris Boyan, associate director of transportation services.
âOur main source of income comes from the people who buy parking [permits]”Boyan said.” There were a lot of people who didn’t buy [permits], so we suffered a financial hardship like many departments. ”
Currently, parking permit renewals are available for people who purchased a permit in the last academic year, he said. On July 20, the open permit sale will be available to students living on and off campus.
People living in university residences can purchase purple, gray or blue parking permits. People living off campus can purchase the orange, green, yellow, red or blue parking permits, Boyan said.
Parking permit prices vary, said Cody Wilson, Transportation Services’ customer service, administration and marketing / outreach manager. The orange license is the most expensive option costing around $ 776, while the cheapest is the blue license costing around $ 145.
Parking lots are expected to fill up this coming school year as well as before the pandemic, Wilson said. Transportation Services plans to use the license revenues to carry out several projects such as filling cracks, painting, repairing parking garages, structures and surface lots as well.
âAs the cost of maintaining these items increases, we obviously need to increase the price of our permits to cover that cost,â he said.
The department’s budget for the coming year will be released later this month, Wilson said.
Transport Services in the process of removing parking meters around the campus and installing payment terminals, thus reducing the department’s budget. There are over 100 parking meters on campus and it costs about $ 500 to replace them, for a total of about $ 50,000, Boyan said.
In addition, Transportation Services promotes the AIMS MobilePay application. Wilson said the app sends a notification 15 minutes before parking expires, asking the user if they want to extend their time.
âThe technology is really good as long as the app is working fine,â Boyan said. âFortunately for us, this type of technology has become more and more reliable. ”
Transportation services hope to expand short-term hourly parking options for people who are on campus less often by increasing the availability of lots, Boyan said. The ministry plans to have a pilot program ready for fall 2022.