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Transportation and Parking has worked with the campus community to understand developing impacts to campus commuting for fall 2020. Efforts have included collaboration with campus representatives from the Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT) and others within the community to understand and support changes to commuter populations, including teleworking and hybrid learning schedules, and to mitigate impacts related to transit capacity reductions associated with social distancing.

Transportation and Parking is implementing strategies for Fall 2020 to optimize parking availability and enhance safety practices for public transit. These strategies were developed in collaboration with campus representatives from the Advisory Committee on Transportation (ACT) and others within the community to understand and support changes to commuter populations, including teleworking and hybrid learning schedules and to mitigate impacts related to transit capacity reductions associated with physical distancing.

The specific strategies incorporated for Fall 2020 include:

Permit year to begin August 1

The permit year, which typically begins August 15, will now begin August 1 to accommodate changes to the academic calendar.

Virtual Parking Permit

Employee and student permits will convert to virtual permits beginning fall 2020. Department permits, including service, state vehicle, and official visitor permits, will remain physical hang tags.

Virtual permits require:

  • No physical hang tag displayed in the vehicle.
  • Permit holder to register vehicle license plate(s) through Online Services (link), and the plate is the permit.
  • Vehicles must park with license plate visible from the travel lane or valid front license plate.
  • Coming soon: Ability to purchase front license plate through UNC Transportation and Parking

Semester Permits for Commuter Students

In an effort to utilize available parking resources due to reduced on-campus reporting, commuter students will receive semester permits for fall 2020.

  • Commuter student permits for fall 2020 are valid August 1 – November 27.
  • Commuter students requesting a parking permit for spring 2021 semester will need to enter the spring commuter parking lottery, which opens November 2020.
  • Commuter students who need parking after November 27 will have the option to purchase parking via Parkmobile through December.

Reduced Pricing for Commuters

In an effort to accommodate changing work and class schedules, a pricing strategy was developed to provide a reduction in cost to those who may have reduced or adjusted on-campus presence for fall 2020. 

Employees who report to campus 3 days or less are eligible for a reduced permit cost for fall 2020. Department parking coordinators are required to verify an employee’s schedule meets the criteria for a reduced cost. If an employee’s schedule reverts to more than 3 days reporting to campus, the full permit cost is applicable. 

All commuter students, regardless of schedule, who receive a permit through the student parking registration processes will receive a semester permit for fall 2020 at the commuter semester permit cost in consideration of adjusted on-campus schedules.

Residential students (living in UNC housing) who receive a permit through the student parking registration processes will receive an academic year permit at the academic year permit cost.

Weeknight Parking Permits honored at 4 p.m.

Weeknight parking, which typically begins 5 p.m., will now begin at 4 p.m. to accommodate changes in evening class and lab schedules. Weeknight parking permits are honored in designated lots throughout campus. Students (excluding first-year undergraduate students) are eligible for weeknight parking through student fees and may register license plate(s) in Online Services (link).

Increased Daily On-campus Parking Options

In order to accommodate an occasional need to park on campus, daily parking options are offered via Parkmobile in designated areas.

Coming Soon: Maps for designated lots and Parkmobile instructions

Measures to provide customer service approaches that incorporate community standards and limit requirements for in-person office visits include:

Before coming into the Transportation and Parking office, please see online options or contact a customer service representative:

Permits cancelled before Aug. 9 receive a full refund. Permits cancelled on or after Aug. 10 receive a pro-rated refund.

Employees with a department allocated permit must contact their department parking coordinator to cancel the permit.

Employees with a Park-and-Ride or motorcycle permit must complete the cancellation form.

Reduced Pricing for Commuters

In an effort to accommodate changing work and class schedules, a pricing strategy was developed to provide a reduction in cost to those who may have reduced or adjusted on-campus presence for fall 2020. 

Employees who report to campus 3 days or less are eligible for a reduced permit cost for fall 2020. Department parking coordinators are required to verify an employee’s schedule meets the criteria for a reduced cost. If an employee’s schedule reverts to more than 3 days reporting to campus, the full permit cost is applicable. 

All commuter students, regardless of schedule, who receive a permit through the student parking registration processes will receive a semester permit for fall 2020 at the commuter semester permit cost in consideration of adjusted on-campus schedules.

Residential students (living in UNC housing) who receive a permit through the student parking registration processes will receive an academic year permit at the academic year permit cost.

  • Virtual permitting requires license plate registration to associate permit with vehicle:
    • Register license plate in Online Services
    • Valid front license plate or no back-in/pull-through parking
    • Multiple plates may be registered; Only one vehicle on campus at a time associated with the permit

Registration for the Commuter Alternative Program opens for employees July 20. Park-and-Ride permits are virtual; no physical permit/hang tag required for display in vehicle. Employees are required to register license plate to associate permit with vehicle. Commuters registering for GoTriangle, Chatham Transit, or PART passes will receive them by mail. Please allow five to seven business days for delivery.

Transit Service Changes

Local and regional transit providers (see agency websites for details) have implemented various safety measures for fall.

Local and regional transit providers (see agency websites for details) have implemented various measures:

  • Mask requirement (posted in vehicles)
  • Mask and hand sanitizer available in vehicle
  • Limit passengers based on vehicle size
  • Separate driver and passenger(s)
  • Rear-door boarding where possible
  • Mark seating (6-feet)
  • Route consolidation with additional buses
  • Increased sanitation of vehicles

Local Transit

Regional Transit

Alerts and updates for regional transit operations can be found at:

Bikeshare

  • Tar Heel Bike operations resume normal operations with extended cleaning measures on Monday, August 3