After holding steady for a few years, the price of Kansas University parking permits for students is once again on the rise.
Donna Hultine, assistant director of KU Parking Services, said a parking permit for students living off campus would be $53 this year, up from $50 in 1992-'93. The fee for students living on campus is going up $2, from $33 to $35.
The last rate increase was in 1990-91, when the cost of an off-campus permit went from $40 to $50.
What students will get for the extra $3, Hultine said, is a new type of permit. She said the university had switched from a sticker to a tag that would hang from the rear-view mirror.
"Hopefully, that will make it more convenient for students to switch vehicles," she said. "A lot of students drive more than one vehicle to school. This way, they'll still register a certain vehicle, but the permit is transferrable to other vehicles."
Permits will be available the week before classes begin at the parking services office in the parking garage, directly north of Allen Fieldhouse. Parking services also will distribute information at freshman orientation.
In the near future, students may have a choice of garages in which to park. Hultine said parking officials had ordered a study to determine where more parking could be added. The study, being conducted by Barton-Aschman Associates, Evanston, Ill., got under way at the end of the spring semester.
The thrust of the study, Hultine said, was to determine whether the university could build a parking garage somewhere on the northeast side of campus.
Hultine said students already had more places to park than they did in 1992-93. Two construction projects that ate up 84 spaces last year have been completed, she said.
Meanwhile, the parking services staff may shrink, thanks to new technology. Hultine said that in October, parking services purchased a $51,000 computerized ticketing system that allows parking control workers to enter data on a hand-held computer, then transfer that data to a department computer at the end of the day.
Hultine said that under the old system, parking services employees handled paper tickets up to 16 times apiece. The computer system eliminates many of those steps, she said.
"I think that through attrition, we'll be able to cut positions in the office," she said.
The proposed garage would be the second at KU. The first, directly north of Allen Fieldhouse, opened in 1989.