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KU parking rates to increase, some by as much as 40 percent

May 13, 2014

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New parking rates at KU

Gold: from $291 to $405

Blue: from $245 to $300

Red: from $225 to $270

Yellow: from $204 to $225

Park & Ride: from $180 to $225

Housing: from $194 to $225

Garage Gold: from $357 to $471

Garage Blue: from $312 to $367

Garage Red: from $291 to $336

Garage Yellow: from $240 to $261

Reserved: from $816 to $1,020

Retiree: from $77 to $85

Moped/Cycle: from $46 to $64

Departmental Pass: from $62 to $86

Child Care Load: from $26 to $29

Evening Only: from $41 to $44

Stouffer Place + Yellow: from $306 to $355

Event Parking: from $20 to $25

Parking rates at Kansas University are going up this fall to finance maintenance on lots around campus, KU's parking department said.

Beginning Aug. 1, the prices for every category of parking pass will rise, with the sharpest increases for the most coveted lots.

Yellow passes will increase about 10 percent to $225, red passes will increase 20 percent to $270, and blue passes will increase more than 22 percent to $300.

The gold pass, which KU Parking and Transit director Donna Hultine said is the most in-demand and generally reserved for faculty and staff who have served for some years, will increase nearly 40 percent, to $405.

"If we're trying to develop a market-based structure, they're the most sought after," Hultine said, referring to the gold passes.

The price increases, passed by the Parking Commission and approved by the provost's office this spring, are geared toward raising revenue to maintain KU's parking lots. The parking department has said it would need more than $15 million in improvements, based on a survey of 85 parking lots at KU.

More than $1 million in projects are scheduled for the summer, Hultine said. Those include the lots at Youngberg Hall on West Campus, which houses the KU Center for Research; the Computer Services Facility on the main campus; and the lot for the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies, near 11th and Missouri streets.

The parking department will also alter the intersection of Irving Hill and Naismith to widen the turning radius for the K-10 Connector buses, which shuttle students between Lawrence and Overland Park.

Along with the short term projects, a work group will begin meeting this summer to begin rethinking the campus parking system.

The current system sends drivers "hunting" for spaces in a wide swath of designated lots. The goal of the work group, made up of employees from around the KU campus as well as students, will be to come up with something altogether different.

"If we had to start from scratch, they will be imagining how that will look," Hultine said.

Comments

Clark Coan 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Good, that will encourage more students to walk, bike or use the bus. Less congestion and less pollution will result.

Chris Jeter 7 months, 2 weeks ago

No it won't, all it will do is screw those of us who work on campus and already have to pay to try and park in a lot that is full 90$ of the time. You really think that most of the students pay for their own parking passes?

Thomas Bryce 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Parking rates rise almost 20% for my permit just to park and work here. After no raises for 5 years , I received less than a 1.5% raise. Figures. Welcome to KU. Only place I have ever worked where you get poorer the longer you work . Cost of living left my wages in the dust years ago. Welcome to the New Middle Class: The Working Poor. You are allowed to Make just enough to make ends meet but not enough to save or plan for upward mobility. All Gone. Any increase in pay is immediately offset by Parking, Healthcare, Groceries etc. Just tread water till your arms and legs give out.

Thomas Bryce 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Correction: a .8% raise, after years of no raises. not 1.5%. Yes! 8/10's of One percent.

Todd Kennedy 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, wouldn't need to raise parking prices if you did not have Parking and Transit people driving around in those trucks burning lots of fuel and milking the clock (only to have the tickets 'forgiven' or overturned in the appeal process). Additionally, have you ever been to campus when classes aren't in session (i.e. university breaks, and summer vacation, etc)? Campus is dead except for the few that stay and take summer classes.. Where is Parking and Transit? Still driving around "monitoring" the fairly empty lots.

In my humble opinion, the parking problem can be handled by KU Public Safety (who patrol lots as part of their shift anyway). Doesn't take long to drive through a lot and see the cars without the respective pass, type the tag into an electronic machine and print a ticket.

Each year, they just find another 'excuse' to raise parking prices...

Thomas Shorock 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't really get the park-and-ride pricing. I mean, you built a big remote parking facility. Decidedly less convenient for users, but with big benefits for the university when people use it (fewer cars coming anywhere near central campus). Wouldn't logic suggest that you strongly encourage that option by financial incentives? Half the price of a main campus lot, maybe? Instead, KU Parking makes it cost the same as an on-campus 'hunting permit'.... so naturally people will buy a 'hunting permit' and cruise the lots first.

Problem with fiefdoms... something positive for the University as a whole is lost for the sake of "a self-sustaining unit".

Seth Amott 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I have not understood this either. It seems to me that they are trying to keep the cost of the Yellow pass down and instead shifting that burden to park and ride. There is really no reason for a person to buy Park and Ride anymore, and that is contributing to the problems with the Yellow Lots that are often mentioned. In my time here the Park and Ride has gone from a no brainer affordable option that one could purchase even if they had other transportation options to "Well I might as well just buy the Yellow pass."

Cille King 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I think that the higher priced parking permits will put an even higher demand on the street parking in the Oread neighborhood. It's hard to find parking for residents and maintenance vehicles there during KU classes as it is.

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