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2014-15 parking permits available

Chilton parkingFaculty and staff may notice less money deducted from their monthly paychecks as 2014-15 parking permits will switch from a nine-month to a full year payment plan. Mass transit users also will see some changes that should result in shorter commutes.

Year-round employees who pay for their permits through payroll deduction will see the cost divided equally over the full year, rather than nine months. The new schedule begins Sept. 1, which is the deadline to purchase the permits.

Geary RobinsonGeary Robinson, right, director of the Parking and Transportation Office, said the switch offer employees more consistency in their take-home pay.

“It’s easier for our office budget-wise, and it should be more consistent for employees” Robinson said. “In talking with the Staff Senate and the Faculty Senate, this was an issue that kept coming up. So we made this change in order to get everyone on the same page.”

Employees who are on 12-month appointments will see their deductions over 12 months; employees on nine-month contracts will see their deductions over nine months.

Eventually, he said, employees who work on nine-month appointments but choose to have their pay divided over 12 months may be able to make the same arrangement with their parking permit charges, he said.

Parking passes for the 2014-15 academic year are on sale.

The permits will be valid once the employee receives them in the mail and will be valid through the 2014-15 academic year.

Costs will remain the same as in 2013-14.

  • A Permits (reserved spaces) — $525
  • D Permits (for faculty and staff) — $205
  • G Permits (general parking) — $135
  • M Permits (motorcycle) — $105
  • Teaching fellow — $125 per semester
  • Highland Street Garage and the Union Circle Garage - $1,575 for a reserved spot annually; $850 per year; $350 per semester; $200 for summer; and $2 per hour with a $10 per day maximum—first 30 minutes free of charge.

The Reserved or HF Retiree permit holders may fill out a form to acquire their permits. Once completed, the forms can be sent to parking.services@unt.edu.

bus stop at Discovery ParkThe Parking and Transportation Office also offers several affordable alternatives to commuters:

Left, UNT offers nine campus shuttle bus routes. (Gary Payne/URCM)

Through the Denton County Transportation Authority, UNT provides shuttles around the main campus and to Discovery Park, Eagle Point and multiple apartment complexes in Denton. DCTA also offers discount rates on semester and annual passes for faculty, staff and students.

Robinson said this year the university is adding some new stops to its shuttle services that will help commuters.

The Colorado Express route will add a shuttle and a stop at Medpark Station, along DCTA’s A-train line.

“Hopefully, that will encourage more people to ride the train and stay off Interstate 35E during this construction phase,” he said.

Other changes to the campus routes include:

  • The Campus Cruiser route has been extended to include stops on the east side of campus, providing more access to the Art Building, Radio, Television and Film Building, Wooten Hall, the Highland Street Garage, and Welch Street.  This also provides more connectivity with DCTA Connect Route 8, which serves the Downtown Denton Transit Center. An additional bus has been added to this route on weekday evenings to increase the frequency.
  • Increased frequency during the day on both Centre Place routes. This area continues to grow and adding service during off-peak hours will give riders more flexibility.
  • Learn more about the shuttle bus service and find routes and schedules.

—Matthew Zabel, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Above, Adam Trahan, assistant professor of criminal justice, walks from his car after parking at the Chilton Hall (Gary Payne/URCM)

Posted on: Wed 06 August 2014

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