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Parking changes coming Spring Quarter

Transportation Services is transforming our sales and parking operations with new technology that offers increased flexibility and reliability. These changes will give customers new buying options and help us better utilize the University’s parking infrastructure. Beginning in Spring Quarter 2020, customers will be able to buy and manage most parking products online. Most permits will no longer require a physical permit and will instead be tied to a license plate. Several existing products are also being modified.

Most current customers will not need to take any action until it is time to renew their permits. Customers who currently use Individual Commuter Tickets (ICTs) will need to act sooner, as will department and event coordinators

Thank you for your patience and please see the links below for more information about how specific products are changing. Or go to the parking modernization page for more information about the project as a whole.

 

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Event parking

Student resident permits

Students who live in UW residence halls are eligible for a student resident permit, which grants access to a lot near the student’s residence hall based on availability.

  • Parking lots will be assigned each quarter based on lot availability at the time of purchase.

  • Permits for the upcoming quarter will be available for purchase at a set time before the end of the previous quarter.

  • Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates, with no need to display a paper hang tag.

What’s changing:

  • You will no longer be able to automatically keep the same lot assignment from one quarter to the next. Instead, lots will be assigned each quarter. 

  • Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates. You will be able to manage this online. 

  • Please continue to use your existing hang tag for now. License plate-linked permits won’t be issued to most students until after the end of Spring Quarter 2020.

Student commuter day permits

Students who drive to campus are eligible to purchase parking in E18. 

  • Quarterly permits for E18 are available to students who plan to park every day.
  • Students who only plan to park occasionally can purchase daily parking in E18 using pay machines or PayByPhone.
  • All permits will be linked to vehicle license plates, with no need to display a paper hang tag.

What’s changing:

  • Quarterly permits will be linked to vehicle license plates instead of using paper hang tags. You will be able to manage this online. 
  • Please continue to use your existing hang tag for now. License plate-linked permits won’t be issued to most students until Summer or Autumn Quarter 2020.
Student commuter night permits

Students enrolled in night classes may purchase a night permit valid from 4pm-midnight. Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates, with no need to display a paper hang tag.

Students who plan to park every night may purchase an academic quarter night permit.

  • Parking lots will be assigned each quarter based on lot availability at the time of purchase.
  • Permits for the upcoming quarter will be available for purchase at a set time before the end of the previous quarter.

Students who only park on campus occasionally at night may purchase daily night permits.

  • Students will select the lot they want to park in using the online customer portal, based on availability at the time of purchase.
  • Permits are available the same day or up to two weeks in advance.

What’s changing:

  • Quarterly permit holders will no longer be able to automatically keep the same lot assignment from one quarter to the next. Instead, lots will be assigned each quarter. 
  • Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates. You will be able to manage this online. 
  • Please continue to use your existing quarterly permit hang tag for now. License plate-linked quarterly permits won’t be issued to most students until after the end of Spring Quarter 2020.
Pay-per-use permits (PPUP)

Pay-per-use parking (PPUP) is offered in gated garages, based on availability.

  • To set up PPUP, please reach out to the Transportation Office for an Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) card. PPUP is not available for purchase online because an AVI card is required for access into the assigned lot.
  • More details about PPUP are available here
Daily permits

Daily permits are a new pay-as-you-go option for non-gated facilities. They are available to every employee, but may be of particular interest to people who previously used Individual Commuter Tickets (ICTs).

  • Daily permits are available for same-day parking or up to two weeks in advance. They can be purchased online or at the Transportation Services office.
  • You select the lot you want to park in based on availability at purchase, enter your license plate information and then make payment. Both day and night rates are available.
  • You can purchase up to 10 daily permits at a time. Each permit is sold for a specific day and expires at midnight. Daily permits can be canceled and refunded prior to midnight of the day for which they were purchased.
  • Permits are linked to your license plate, so you will not need to display a physical permit.
  • You can buy Daily permits with a credit card on the new customer portal or at the Transportation Services office with cash, check or a credit card. Daily permits are not eligible for payroll deduction.
Options for former ICT users

Individual Commuter Tickets (ICT) are being retired with the new system. Existing ICTs will be valid for parking through June 30, 2021. If you wish to return your most recent batch of ICTs and receive a refund, you will need to do so before March 18, 2020.

Faculty and staff who previously used ICTs have several product options with similar, if not identical, benefits:

  • Switch to one of the Pay-per-use (PPUP) lots located around campus. With PPUP you have access to a space in a specific lot, pay only when you park, and are billed every pay period for the days you use. PPUP is eligible for payroll deduction.
  • Use the new Daily permits which will be available in multiple lots around campus, including the Central Plaza Garage. You can purchase Daily permits online any time from right before you park to up to two weeks in advance.
    • You select the lot based on availability for the given day you are parking.
    • Daily permits purchased before the day of use may be canceled and refunded any time prior to midnight on the day for which they are purchased.
    • Daily permits may also be purchased the same day you are parking on campus, but same-day permits are not refundable.
    • Daily permits are not eligible for payroll deduction.
  • Use the self-serve parking options in E01 and E18, the two value lots located next to Montlake Boulevard NE. Self-serve parking is not eligible for payroll deduction.
  • If you need to park every day for a limited period of time, a short-term or longer single occupancy vehicle (SOV) permit may be a better choice. Annual SOVs are eligible for payroll deduction.

Please note that, just as in the past, all parking is based on availability at time of purchase and that waiting lists will continue to exist for certain lots and garages. For concerns about accessibility, please see the Disability Services Office web page on disabled parking for employees.

Not sure which product would work best for you? We are here to help you through this change! In addition to this website, you can reach Transportation Services via email at ucommute@uw.edu. Our staff is available to assist you with your questions and finding a product that best suits your needs.

Why ICTs are being retired

ICTs have been offered to faculty and staff for more than 20 years. Although popular, the product itself became very problematic to manage in our existing parking system. While the intent is that people use them to park no more than twice a week, that is only an average. Some people go months without using them, then park every day for two weeks, while other people do indeed use them only a couple days a week. Because paper ICTs cannot be tracked, there is no way of knowing how many ICT holders are parking on any given day, or where. Some parkers were also frustrated by not finding space in their designated ICT lot. In addition, fraudulent use has been an issue with paper permits.

Given the popularity of the ICT product, we tried to find a way to incorporate the functionality of the ICT in the new online offerings, but found it was not possible. While we are unable to sell new ICTs once we move to the new software, we wanted to give everyone time to make the transition, so existing ICTs will be valid for parking through June 30, 2021.

To learn more about why and how these decisions were made, please see our parking modernization page.

Single occupancy vehicle (SOV) permits

All single occupancy vehicle (SOV) permits will be linked to your license plate, with no need to display a physical hang tag. You may have up to five vehicles linked to your permit, but you may only park one vehicle on campus at a time. 

  • SOV permits in ungated parking lots or garages will be available for purchase on the customer portal as well as in person at the Transportation Services office.
  • Permits in gated facilities must be purchased through the Transportation Services office.
  • If you are eligible to obtain an out-of-area permit, you will be able to do so through the customer portal as well as at the gatehouse.
  • SOV permits are assigned lots based on availability at time of purchase. Annual and financial quarter permits may keep the same lot assignment when renewed, but academic quarter permits will get a new lot assignment each quarter.

What’s changing:

  • Faculty and staff with academic quarter permits will no longer be able to automatically keep the same lot assignment from one quarter to the next. Switching to an annual permit or a calendar quarter permit will allow you to keep the same lot assignment. 
  • Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates. You will be able to manage this online. 
  • Short-term SOV permits will be available for weekday parking only. 
  • Please continue to use your existing hang tag for now. You will switch to the license plate-linked permit when you next renew your products or if you make any changes to your permit after the start of Spring Quarter 2020.
Carpool permits

Carpool members split the cost of parking on campus.

  • Designated drivers of carpools receive a Carpool Driver permit, while passengers receive a Carpool Rider permit.
  • The carpool permit will be linked to one or more license plates in the designated driver’s account. No physical tag will be displayed. 
  • A Gratis U-PASS is available to all carpool members, unless they already have a Fully Subsidized Employee or Universal Student U-PASS.
  • To set up a new Carpool or make changes to the members of an existing one, please come in person with all carpool members to the Transportation Services office.

Same-day “impromptu” carpooling permits are available to current UW students, staff and faculty by stopping at a gatehouse and displaying each rider’s Husky Card. You will receive a discount code to be used at a parking machine in one of the self-service lots.

What’s changing

  • Carpool members will be able to see their permit in the customer portal.
  • A Gratis U-PASS will now be available to up to four carpool members, unless they already have a Fully Subsidized Employee or Universal Student U-PASS.
  • Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates. You will be able to manage this online.
  • Impromptu carpools will no longer receive a paper pass, but instead will receive a discount code to use at a parking machine. 
  • Please continue to use your existing hang tag for now. You will switch to the license plate-linked permit when you next renew your products or if you make any changes to your permit after Spring Quarter 2020.
Multi-lot permits

Employees who need to park in multiple locations on campus may purchase a Multi-lot permit.

  • Multi-lot permits are based on availability and must be approved by the Transportation Services office.
  • The cost difference between a regular permit and a Multi-lot permit may be paid for by a University Department.
  • Permits are linked to your license plate, with no need to display a physical hang tag. You may have more than one vehicle linked to your permit, but you may only park one vehicle on campus at a time. 

You do not have to replace your U designator permit until it is time for your annual or quarterly renewal or if you make changes your permit. You will then switch to the Multi-lot permit, which will be linked to your license plate. At that time, you will no longer need to display a hang tag.

What’s changing

  • The new Multi-lot permit replaces the previous practice of purchasing both a main parking permit (typically an SOV) and a Universal (U) designator. It will have the same functionality as a U designator.
  • Permits will be linked to vehicle license plates. You will be able to manage this online. 
  • Please continue to use your existing hang tag for now. You do not have to replace your U designator until it is time for your annual or quarterly renewal.
General visitor information

Visiting the University for the first time? You will need to stop at a one of our gatehouses to purchase a permit before parking. Our parking specialists are happy to help.

If you are familiar with the campus, you may want to use one of our self-serve parking options and pay at a machine or by using pay by phone.

Parking permits are required Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to  9 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon.

  • Be aware that event rates may affect parking cost and availability.
  • Gatehouse staff accept cash or Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express. Pay machines take Visa/MasterCard/American Express or dollar coins and quarters.
  • A state or UW-issued disability placard is required to use disability stalls in addition a valid parking permit. 
  • Parking fees are not refundable.
  • Please see our visitor parking page for more information.

What’s changing:

  • Visitors who are coming to campus as part of an arranged event may now be given permits linked to their license plates, instead of having to display a paper permit.
  • Because most faculty, staff and students will park using license plate-linked permits, visitors may notice more cars parked on campus that do not have visibly displayed parking permits. 
UW retirees

Complimentary parking is available to fully retired UW retirees and their spouses at the UW Seattle campus. Retirees may obtain a daily parking permit either online or at a gatehouse.

  • On the day you want to visit campus, you will sign into the customer portal, select the primary lot you want to park in and add your license plate information. You can then just drive onto campus and skip the gatehouse.
  • If you’d rather not go online, you can stop at any gatehouse and present your UW Retiree Husky Card. Our gatehouse staff will be happy to assist you.
  • Permits are only available for the current day.
  • Retirees who have a state or UW-issued disability placard or plate are welcome to park in disability parking spaces. The disability placard or plate must be displayed. Please see the accessible parking page for more information.
  • The following lots are currently available for retiree parking, based on availability: 
    • Central Plaza Garage 
    • E01, E02, E03, E08, E18, E19
    • N01, N18, N20, N21, N24, N25
    • S01, S05, S08
    • W10, W12, W28, W35, W46
  • Please review the UW retirees parking page for more information about eligibility for this benefit.

What’s changing:

  • UW retirees will now have the option to obtain a permit online as well as at a gatehouse.
  • While access to multiple lots continues, retirees will be asked to indicate a primary lot they plan to park in.
  • You will not need to display a paper permit. Your license plate will act as your permit. (Please note that parking in disability stalls will still require a state or UW-issued placard.)
  • In order to park in a disability parking space, you must display a state or UW-issued disability placard or plate. 
Vendors

A vendor or supplier with a term or service maintenance contract with the University may apply for a Service permit valid for up to a one-year period. 

What’s changing:

  • The Service (S) designator is being replaced. The new Service permit will have the same functionality but will be sold as one permit instead of the current combination of a permit and a S designator.
  • You do not have to replace your S designator until your current one has expired.
Department products

Department administrators can arrange to pay for parking for guests. You will either use our new customer portal, a separate online portal for ordering validations, or the arranged parking page forms to order your products.

To use the customer portal, you will need to create an account for your department using a shared NetID. (If your department does not have a shared NetID, you can request one from UWIT.) The following products can be ordered and managed on this site:

  • Departmental out of area permits
  • Reserved stall
  • Short-term permits
  • Multi-lot permits (formerly U designator)

If you do not have a shared NetID and do not want to create one, you will use the forms on the arranged parking page instead. Products available are:

  • Arranged parking
  • Coupon codes

What’s changing:

  • The department products form is being discontinued. Department administrators will use the new customer portal and the arranged parking form and coupon code forms instead.
  • Instructions for using the new customer portal will be available closer to its launch date in late March.
  • There are also several changes to the department products themselves, including:
    • Department Commuter Tickets (DCTs) are being discontinued. Existing tickets will be valid through June 2021.
    • Departments who want to distribute paid parking to visitors before they arrive will now use the arranged parking product instead.
    • Coupon codes are virtual codes that can be used in self-serve parking lots with a pay machine, based on availability. 
    • Department out-of-areas will be managed at the customer portal and are now good for up to one full work day, depending on the employee’s permit.
    • Validation coupons will only be valid in S01, Central Plaza Garage and the Triangle Parking Garage.

Please review our separate web page listing all department product changes and please come to our open house on Friday, February 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in HUB 340.

Arranged parking

Event organizers can arrange to pay for parking for their visitors and have it billed to an invoice or a UW budget number.

  • Arranged parking permits reserve space in a specific lot on a specific day. They must be paid for in advance and are not refundable.
  • Arranged reserved stalls in a specific lot are available for an additional fee. Reserved signage and a cone to block the space will be set up either the night before or morning of the event.
  • Please use the Arranged Parking form to schedule parking for your event.

What’s changing:

  • Visitors with arranged parking will still need to stop at a gatehouse and provide the UID given by the department or organizer, but in many cases they will no longer receive a paper permit. Instead, the gatehouse will just enter their license plate information into the parking system.
  • Arranged parking in Central Plaza Garage and S01 will continue to use paper permits issued at the gatehouse.
  • Arranged reserved stall parkers will need to stop at a gatehouse to have their license plate information entered into the parking system.
Coupon codes

Coupon codes are virtual codes that can be used in self-serve parking lots with pay machines. Organizers can give the same code to multiple visitors and are only billed after the code has been used.

  • Visitors must enter the code and their license plate into a pay machine upon arrival.
  • Space is not guaranteed in a specific lot; availability is first-come, first-served.
  • The code can be used for two-hour or three-hour increments or at a daily rate for more than three hours.
  • Coupon codes are not available in S01, Central Plaza Garage or the Triangle Garage.

What’s changing:

  • Visitors will need to enter their license plate number into the pay machine as well as the coupon code.

General changes