Transportation Services Proposed Parking Rates 2020-2021

Why are parking rates going up?

Transportation Services is a self-supported auxiliary and does not receive federal, state, grant or tuition funding. Revenue for capital projects, maintenance, and operations comes solely from parking fees and fines. Transportation Services is tasked with financing, managing and maintaining parking facilities as well as facilitating and promoting transportation options on the WSU Pullman campus.

WSU Transportation Services and the University Parking and Transportation Task Force are proposing an increase in parking permit rates and parking fines that if approved will take effect July 1, 2020.

The proposed rate increase would provide funds for capital projects addressing maintenance and repairs for parking garages and surface parking lots.

Similar rate increases could be proposed in following years in order to maintain facilities in a state of good repair, subject to annual Task Force review and administrative approvals. 

Capital maintenance and repair projects include:

  • Parking garage repairs of $230,000 in 2020/21 with additional required structural and mechanical repairs and maintenance of $3.2M over the following 6 years
  • Surface parking lot pavement maintenance of $529,000 for 2020/21 with additional required repairs and maintenance of $4.8M over the following 8 years.

Although parking permit rates increased in 2019/20, there were no increases in permit rates in 2016/17, 2017/18 or 2018/19. However certain permit holders were affected by several zone changes in 2017/18. Hourly rates have not increased since 2011/12.

Proposed Parking Rate Increase 2020-2021 Press Release

 

ANNUAL PARKING PERMITS

ORANGE PERMIT

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Orange

$676 $776 $8.33 $100

Green PERMIT

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Green

$502

$552

$4.17

$50

Crimson permit

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Crimson

$342

$382

$3.33

$40

Yellow permit

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Yellow

$308

$328

$1.67

$20

Red permit

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Red

$239

$254

$1.25

$15

Gray PERMIT

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Gray

$239

$259

$1.67

$20

College Hill permit

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

College Hill 

$342

$382

$3.33

$40

Blue permit

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Blue

$130

$145

$1.25

$15

Commercial Permit

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Commercial

$993

$1,093

$8.33

$100

Motorcycle permit

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase

Motorcycle

$79

$88

$0.75

$9

Annual Parking permit increase comparison

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Monthly Increase
Annual Increase
Orange $676 $776 $8.33 $100
Green $502 $552 $4.17 $50
Crimson $342 $382 $3.33 $40
Yellow $308 $328 $1.67 $20
Red $239 $254 $1.25 $15
Gray $239 $259 $1.67 $20
College Hill $342 $382 $3.33 $40
Blue $130 $145 $1.25 $15
Commercial $993 $1,093 $8.33 $100
Motorcycle $79 $88 $0.75 $9
 

DAILY PARKING PERMITS

Daily Parking Permit Increase Comparison

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Increase
Orange $10.57 $12.00 $1.43
Green $7.16 $8.00 $0.84
Crimson $7.16 $8.00 $0.84
Yellow $3.74 $5.00 $1.26
Red $2.05 $3.00 $0.95
Gray $5.78 $6.00 $0.22
Blue $1.35 $2.00 $0.65
Commercial $14.31 $20.00 $5.69
Motorcycle $1.00 $2.00 $1.00
Day Permit $10.57 $12.00 $1.43
 

HOURLY PARKING RATES

Hourly Parking Rate Increases

Zone
Current Rates
Proposed Rate
Increase
Garage Peak – Hourly $2.00 $2.50 $0.50
Meters – Hourly $1.75 $2.25 $0.50
Garage Non-peak Flat Rate $3.00 $4.00 $1.00
 

PARKING FINES

parking fine increases

Violation Type
Current Fine Amount
Proposed Fine Amount
Increase
Meter Violation $20 $25 $5
Overtime in a Time Zone $20 $25 $5
Improper Display $15 $25 $10
No Parking Permit $50 $60 $10
No Permit For This Area $40 $50 $10
No Parking Zone $40 $60 $20
Nonpayment in a Pay Lot $25 $60 $35
Improper Parking $30 $30 N/A
Stolen/Lost Permit $400 $400 N/A
Blocking Traffic  $150 $150 N/A
* Disability Parking Zone $450 $450 N/A
Fire Zone $150 $150 N/A
Reserved Area $150 $150 N/A
Illegal Use of Permit $150 $150 N/A
Miscellaneous  $30 $30 N/A
No Mall Service Permit $150 $150 N/A
No Service Permit $75 $75 N/A
* EV Charging Station $124 $124 N/A
Wheel Lock $150 $150 N/A
Storage Fee $30 $30 N/A
       
*Fine established by the Revised Code of Washington.    
 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are increases needed?

Transportation Services is a self-supported auxiliary and does not receive federal, state, grant or tuition funding. Revenue for capital projects, maintenance, and operations comes solely from parking fees and fines. The proposal would provide funds for capital projects addressing maintenance and repairs for parking garages and surface parking lots. Similar rate increases could be proposed in following years in order to maintain facilities in a state of good repair, subject to annual Task Force review and administrative approvals. 

 

How can I avoid this cost?

Parking patrons are encouraged to use alternatives to driving alone such as biking, walking, transit, etc.  If you want more information on alternatives, check out the Coug Commute Advisor program. Nervous about giving up your parking permit to try an alternative? Don’t be! If you try an alternative and it doesn’t work out for you for any reason, you can bypass the waiting list and get your original parking permit back! 

 

What projects will this proposal support?

Capital maintenance and repair projects include parking garage repairs of $230,000 in 2020/21 with additional required structural and mechanical repairs and maintenance of $3.2M over the following 6 years; and surface parking lot pavement maintenance of $529,000 for 2020/21 with additional required repairs and maintenance of $4.8M over the following 8 years.

 

Why do parking rates seem to go up every year?

Parking rates were not increased in 2016/17, 2017/18, or 2018/19.  However some permit holders were affected by several zone changes in 2017/18.

 

What is Transportation Services doing to cut back on costs?

Transportation services is always exploring ways to reduce expenditures without sacrificing service for its customers. For example, Transportation Services goes through a Zero Based Budget exercise every two years to scrutinize where costs can be reduced.

Transportation Services also looks for ways to use technology to reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction. One example of this is the introduction of License Plate Recognition (LPR). LPR uses “virtual” parking permits that has eliminated the need for patrons to pick up or print a permit to display. Transportation Services has also realized approximately $50K in cost savings through this technology.

Finally, Transportation Services is a LEAN Management practitioner. Through LEAN management, we are constantly trying find to more efficient ways to conduct day-to-day operations in an attempt to reduce waste and improve customer service. 

 

Where does my parking dollar go?

Transportation Services has developed a website with pertinent department and budget information. Please see Transportation Services at a Glance.