July 25, 2005
Nighttime parking, other parking changes
Nighttime parking permits will be introduced September 1, one
of several transportation changes starting off the 2005-06 academic
Photo: Louise Donahue
Under the new system, weeknight parking permits will extend
until 8:30 P.M. in most campus core parking lots.
While parking will remain free in a number of lots on the campus
perimeter, night parking permits will cost $102 annually, $30
quarterly, or $2 daily.
Those who purchase A, B, or C parking permits will not need
to purchase an additional permit to park during evening hours,
however, and R permit holders will also have access to some
close-in parking lots after 5 P.M. Full details of the night
parking program are availabe on the TAPS web site: www2.ucsc.edu/taps.
In implementing evening parking enforcement, the most
important factor to us at TAPS, and to the various campus constituencies
that provided valuable guidance and input on this policy, has
been equity, said Wes Scott, Transportation and Parking
Services director. Equity means that all users of the
system bear some of the cost, so that no group--in this case,
daytime users--is unfairly overburdened.
Scott said TAPS will closely monitor the operation of the new
policy, and fine-tune it if necessary.
Faculty and staff parking permits and transportation program
materials for 2005-06, including Metro bus passes, Bike &
Shower program enrollment and Emergency Ride Home program vouchers
are available online at www2.ucsc.edu/taps.
Online applications for the purchase of annual nighttime parking
permits will be available August 1, 2005.
Those seeking applications are being strongly encouraged to
apply online rather than in person because of a shortage of
parking spaces near the TAPS parking sales office. Construction
of new facilities in the area has reduced customer parking to
five spaces in the 10-minute parking zone next to Barn H. No
overflow parking is available.
Other changes beginning in the fall include an end to free
Metro bus passes for all faculty and staff, and increases in
metered parking and some parking rates:
Metro passes. Metro bus passes will remain free
to those faculty and staff who do not purchase any type of parking
permit. Those who wish to receive a bus pass in addition to
their parking permit or scratch-off packet will need to pay
an additional $24 for their annual bus pass, a payroll deduction
of just $2 per month.
Metered parking. Parking at meters will cost
more in 2005-06. A quarter will buy 12 minutes of parking, with
an hour of parking costing $1.25. More meters will be placed
throughout campus parking lots, providing greater access for
those who need to park for short periods of time.
Vanpool rates. Vanpool program rates, while still
highly subsidized by TAPS, will rise by $4 to $5.50 per month.
Monthly vanpool fares will vary from $23.50 to $31 per month,
based on the distance of the vanpool commute; last years
rates ranged between $19.50 and $25.50 per month.
Parking permits. Some, but not all, parking fees
and program costs will remain at the 2004-05 rate. A, B, C and
R (remote) permit rates will not increase when purchased on
an annual or academic year basis. All quarterly permit prices
will increase; those who purchase permits on a quarterly basis
will pay $5 to $12 more per quarter, depending on the type of
With the exception of half-packets and carpooler supplemental
Daily A packet purchases, Daily A Packet (and Daily B Packet)
rates will not increase; half packets will increase from $78.75
for a packet of 25 daily scratch-offs to $82.50, and Daily A
packets for A and B carpoolers will increase from $100 to $125.
A and B carpool permit rates will increase slightly from $432
to $453 for an annual permit, with the cost split between the
carpool members. A and B one- through four-day limited permit
prices will also go up a slightly, with increases ranging from
$2 to $10 over last years rates, depending on the number
of days the permit is valid.
Employees in the Research Support (RX), Technical (TX), and
Clerical (CX) bargaining units will not be affected by the parking
fee changes until such time agreements regarding parking fees
are reached between the University and the organizations which
exclusively represent employees in these bargaining units. Employees
in these bargaining units should direct their questions to Labor
Relations, (831) 459-2017.
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