While there is an abundance of parking lots and decks around campus, UNC Charlotte has these parking options available for a steep price to students.
As a commuter school, Charlotte has paid close attention over the years to improve the quality and availability of areas for parking.
The only real concern among students is, and has been, the price of parking permits, which could determine whether one chooses to commute to school via public transportation, carpool with a friend or shell out the cash for a permit.
For $450, students have access to practically all parking lots and decks, unless otherwise noted by Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS). The constant question always seems to be why such a steep price?
With an 8 percent addition to the price, a $35 increase from last year’s cost, PaTS has stated that “parking has to be self-supporting due to the fact that tuition dollars do not supplement parking, and state funding is not used to pay for parking facilities.”
The money you do spend on your permit is essentially being cycled back into the campus’ transportation system.
Almost all of the profits are put towards funding design and construction for new parking decks, maintenance and construction bonds. A small percentage goes toward traffic control staffing and support of the CATS campus shuttle.
A fact that tends to surprise many permit owners is that more parking permits are sold than spaces available. As a permit owner, you are never guaranteed a spot.
The reason being, parking spaces are frequently turning from occupied to open, so in order for the campus to make a substantial profit, permits are sold assuming individuals occupy a space for six hours or less a day.
Compared to other North Carolina universities, UNC Charlotte’s permit fee could still be considered exorbitant. Appalachian State’s permit is roughly $200, along with North Carolina State University’s pass peaking at $313 for residents.
While shelling out the $450 for a parking permit seems excessive, be mindful of the simple fact that UNC Charlotte is a commuter school that doesn’t get any support from tuition money for parking.
While the permits are costly, PaTS is doing all they can to support the ever-growing university and its inevitable influx of vehicular occupants.
For more information regarding policies, rules and citationsc contact the Parking and Transportation Services office at 704-687-0161, or visit http://pats.uncc.edu.