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New academic year parking permits required Aug. 25

Increases in campus parking rates will be effective for the 2011-12 school year, which begins Aug. 25.

Parking changes include the rate increase, opening of a new garage, below, on Highland Street adjacent to the Business Leadership Building and integration of Discovery Park permits into the general campus permit. Proposed increases were announced in April, and have been approved by administrators.

Joe RichmondThe increase is necessary to be able to continue maintaining existing parking facilities and to defray costs associated with construction of the new garage, said Joe Richmond, right, director of Parking and Transportation Services. Parking is an auxiliary operation which receives no state funds or tuition funds.

The changes reflect an increase of $10 or less per month with most increases costing less than $5 per month, said Richmond. 

New parking rates are:

  • A - Reserved Permit - $525
  • D - Faculty Staff Permit - $205
  • Premium commuter - $225
  • Resident - $250
  • G - General Permit - $135
  • MC - Motorcycle Permit - $105
  • DP - Discovery Park – converts to G permit
  • Teaching Fellow - $125 semester
  • Discovery Park faculty, staff and students will be transitioned to General Permit parking for both Discovery Park and the main campus.

Parking and Transportation Services will enforce use of 2011-12 permits beginning at 7 a.m. Aug. 25, the first day of classes. Parking permits are sold only online. 

The 2011-2012 permits will be the same type as those now in use: transferable, peel and stick permits that should be placed in the lower passenger side corner of the windshield.

Parking garage rates for both the new Highland Street garage and the Union Circle Garage will be:

  • $350 per semester
  • $200 for summer
  • $850 per year
  • Hourly garage rates are $2 per hour; $10 per day maximum.

Parking and Transportation is offering 54 reserved space contracts for $1,575 per year for a reserved parking space in the Highland Street garage.

Parking and Transportation Services offers several ways to reduce the cost of parking including:

  • A pre-loaded meter value card – an excellent option for students who are on campus for short periods. The card operates similar to a debit card in that a user determines how much money to deposit on the card. When parked at a meter, the user can determine how long he will need the space, and then slide the card into the card reader on the meter to activate the timer. If all the time allotted has not been used, the meter will credit the card with the unused portion. Meters are available on streets around campus. The cards are available from the parking office.
  • DCTA operated Shuttle Bus Service - fare free with a valid UNT ID in Denton
  • DCTA A-Train services - special rates for UNT students, staff and faculty, beginning June 20 
  • DCTA Connect, city bus service - fare fee with a valid UNT ID
  • Rideshare - a free web-based matching program to arrange carpools
  • Bicycle - UNT encourages bike riding; the campus has space for more than 2,500 bikes and offers free bicycle registration.

Parking and Transportation also offers Hertz on Demand, previously known as Connect by Hertz, a rental car service.

Highland Street parking garage

Posted on: Mon 01 August 2011

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