Student feedback helps ease parking challenges

Update

August 26, 2016

As Transportation Services readies for the new school year, there are a few actions that students can take to ensure they have stress-free parking and minimize their risk of getting a parking citation. Tips include:

  • Resident students must remember to park in the Resident lots, which are at Fouts Field and Victory Hall by Apogee Stadium. A parking lot map can be found here.
  • All others who park in lots that are different from their UNT permit must also move by the required time. Any UNT permit can be used in any lot from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the weekdays and from 5:30 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday. Please note that cars left in lots that do not match their permits will be subject to a parking citation
  • To make the transition during the first week of school easier, Transportation Ambassadors will be in Eagle permit parking lots on campus during the heaviest traffic times, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. These ambassadors will let you know if the parking lots are full or getting full.
  • Transportation Ambassadors also will update this website which shows real-time availability of parking spots for the first week. The site also gives direction to each lot. Please remember to pull over when checking the site for available parking spots.
  • Keep updated with Transportation news for the first two weeks of school here. And, find more resources at the Transportation Services website

Original story

August 2, 2016

To ensure that Transportation Services is meeting the needs of the growing UNT community, several changes will be implemented for the 2016-17 school year as a result of student feedback. 

“Students told us last year that they didn’t want us to oversell the parking permits as much as we had in the past, so this year we will have a limited number of parking permits, but we are also changing the permit system to make it more flexible to better meet the needs of students,” says Geary Robinson, director of Transportation Services.

All permits are available for purchase online starting Aug. 12 on the UNT Transportation Services website, transportation.unt.edu/index.html.      

A new simplified parking permit system

Starting this fall, three new permits – the Eagle Annual permit, the Eagle Fall permit, and the Remote Student permit– will replace General Commuter (“G”) and Premium Commuter (“P”) permits. The Eagle permits will allow for parking closer to the center of campus. The costs are as following:

  • Eagle Annual permit is $250 and provides parking for upperclassmen living in residence halls or for students who commute to and from campus.
  • The Eagle Fall permit is $175 and also provides parking for upperclassmen living in residence halls or for students who commute to and from campus – but is a lower cost because it is only for the fall semester.
  • The Remote permit is $125 and is available to all students who want a lower cost option. This permit provides parking in Lot 80 near Victory Hall. UNT Shuttle Service will be provided to that lot.

Changes also will affect students who live on campus.

  • Resident, or “R” permits, will only be available for new freshmen living on campus for the first time. “R” permits cost $250 for the year.
  • Students living on campus also can purchase Resident Garage permits to park in the Highland Street Garage. These permits cost $450 and come with an access card to provide 24/7 access to the garage.

Those who have a North Texas Toll tag can also gain access to parking in the Highland Street Garage. Contact UNT Transportation Services for more details.

Changes to parking lots

To help ease congestion and provide easier access to campus, lots dedicated to certain kinds of permits are changing.

  • Eagle permit holders will have access that is closer to campus facilities.
  • Several current “R” lots which are close to the center of campus will be converted to Eagle permit lots. The new “R” lots are:
    • Lot 20 (Fouts Field)
    • Lot 19 (on either side of Santa Fe Hall)
    • Lot 80
    • Lot 81
    • Lot 85 (on the east side of Victory Hall
  • Lot 40 (behind Greek Life Center) will be closed to prepare for future property development.
  • Lot 25 will be converted to a visitor lot to help the parking experience for those who wish to visit the UNT campus.

Safety and security

Since safety is a top priority at UNT, cameras will be placed in the outer parking lots at Fouts Field and near Victory Hall. In addition, the late night eRide program will have regular route service and an on-demand service.

“Transportation Services is focusing on providing great customer service so we want to make it easy to buy a permit, find a parking space and have a school year that doesn’t include worrying about parking and transportation,” says Robinson.

Throughout the year, Transportation Services will give the UNT community updates about parking and transportation. For example, there are game day reminders planned to let the community know where to park and how to get to the game. There will also be information about issues that affect parking lots.

“As the campus continues to grow, Transportation Services wants to be there to help you navigate the best way to get to and from campus,” says Robinson.

The department has a Twitter account to keep the community informed. Follow them at @UNTTransit.

For other help – including printing a visitor parking pass, checking shuttle schedules and routes to campus and assistance with citations – visit the Transportation Services website or call 940-565-3020. Still have questions? See 2016-17 Parking FAQs.

Photo: Above, from left to right, UNT Transportation Services assistant director Debra Mahan and director Geary Robinson hold new parking lot signage. (Gary Payne/URCM)