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Parking Forum March 26

In developing the 2014–2024 KU Campus Master Plan, several significant issues with vehicle and pedestrian access to campus were identified. Over the past year, Parking & Transit worked closely with the KU community to address those issues and reimagine how we park on campus.  A short summary of the Reimagining Parking Work Group and its final report can be read here.

Parking & Transit will also be transitioning from a sticker permit system to a virtual permit using license plate recognition (LPR). 

To continue that conversation, the Parking Commission sponsored an open forum March 26. 

The proposed changes have been approved, and will go into effect August 1, 2015.

License Plate Recognition (LPR)

Parking & Transit is beginning the process of transitioning to License Plate Recognition (LPR) for electronic permits/permissions and enforcement. Users will register their license plates to park on campus; in most cases, a physical permit will not be issued.  The use of LPR will require that users park in such a way that their license plate is clear and visible to the scanning equipment, and new rules will be added to that effect.

Lot 3 - Pilot for transition to assigned parking

Lot 3 has been proposed as a "pilot project" for beginning to transition to assigned parking lots.  It has not been determined yet, who will be offered parking spaces if this is approved.

Parking lot zone changes proposed

The following zone changes have been recommended:

  • Lots 36 & 39 (Memorial Drive) - change all parking along south edge of the road to gold parking, and all parking along north edge of the road to blue. (Approved change was for a combination of red, blue, and gold parking spaces.)
  • Lot 50/52 (JRP & Carruth) - change all parking to red, but have the restrictions end at 4 p.m.
  • Lot 34 (Computer Center) - change northernmost section of parking to blue.
  • Lot 61/62 (Sunnyside & Illinois) - change all parking to red.
  • Lot 54 (Murphy) - change northernmost section of parking to blue, due to closure of lot 33 for construction of EEEC buildings.
  • Lot 72 (Burge Union) - change northernmost row to red, due to closure of lot 33.

Other proposed changes

To better control traffic and pedestrian safety on Jayhawk Boulevard, the booth at Sunnyside Ave. and Sunflower Road will be removed and replaced with an automated gate on Sunflower Road just north of Wescoe Hall Drive. This gate will only allow buses, approved service vehicles, and emergency vehicles to drive through to Jayhawk Boulevard during the restricted hours (7:45 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday). Access to lots 10, 18, and 126 will not be affected by the gate.

In order to simplify permit purchasing, a standard year-round model of payroll deduction has been proposed for Faculty and Staff. Users who opted to utilize payroll deduction would follow a one-time enrollment process that would divide the price of the permit in installments across 26 pay periods, and automatically renew each year until the user opted to end payroll deduction and switch to an upfront permit payment of the entire amount.

Proposed Rate Increases

Because parking rates have not been increasing as costs increase, Parking & Transit has not been able to “keep up” with the needs of repairing parking lots, and the continuing loss of parking spaces means that the remaining spaces in close proximity to buildings is becoming a premium commodity. 

In an effort to fund the deferred maintenance and other parking-related infrastructure costs, one of the master plan recommendations is to reevaluate the value of parking spaces, with a higher price for those spaces closest to buildings. 

The proposed rate increases for the 2015–2016 academic year are:

  Annual Permit Rates 26-pay Payroll Deductions
 Permit   2014-15  2015-16  % Change   Current  New  Increase 
Gold $ 405 $ 490  21.0%  $ 15.58 $ 18.85 $ 3.27
Blue $ 300 $ 365 21.7% $ 11.54 $ 14.04 $ 2.50
Red $ 270 $ 325 20.4% $ 10.38 $ 12.50 $ 2.12
Yellow $ 225 $ 260 15.6% $ 8.65 $ 10.00 $ 1.35
Housing $ 225 $ 260 15.6% not applicable
Garage Gold $ 471

$ 570

21.0% $ 18.12 $ 21.92 $ 3.81
Garage Blue $ 367 $ 445 21.3% $ 14.12 $ 17.12 $ 3.00
Garage Red $ 336 $ 405 20.5% $ 12.92 $ 15.58 $ 2.65
Garage Yellow $ 261 $ 300 14.9% not applicable
Reserved (covered) $ 1,020 $ 1,500 47.1% $ 39.23 $ 48.08 $ 8.85
Reserved (not covered) $ 1,020 $ 1,250 22.5% $ 39.23 $ 57.69 $ 18.46            
Retiree $ 85 $ 100 17.6% not applicable
Moped/Cycle $ 64 $ 75 17.2%
Departmental Pass $ 86 $ 150 74.4%
Child Care Load $ 29 $ 35 20.7%
Evening Only (semester) $ 44 $ 54 22.7%

We Need Your Feedback!

Survey 1 – General Feedback

As in past years, Parking & Transit is soliciting your general feedback about parking issues on the Lawrence campus.  Please use this survey for your existing issues, not those related to the survey above. 

We've also written responses to several of the most common complaints/misconceptions we've heard about in the past.

Survey 2 – Transit Survey

Along with parking issues, KU on Wheels is also interested in your feedback about transit on campus.  Please complete the transit survey – this survey is being offered instead of route hearings, as the Transit Commission is not making any changes to bus routes for 2014-15.

General Parking Survey Transit Survey


You must have a permit or pay by the hour to park in a KU lot
Parking is self-funded, receiving no state funding or tuition money
15,000 parking spaces on campus
Main campus closed to drive-through traffic 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Anyone with a valid KU Card can ride buses free
Parking meters using Parkmobile now accept credit cards
Follow parking on Twitter: @parkingKU
Visitors should park in parking garages or at meters
Red, Blue, and Gold zones are ticketed Monday through Friday year-round
Using a yellow annual parking permit costs $1.28 per day
To use ADA parking, you must register your placard with Parking & Transit and buy a parking permit
In residence hall zones, we patrol continuously and issue tickets day and night starting at 7 a.m. Monday and ending at 5 p.m. Friday when classes are in session
You don’t need to own a car to have a car – rent 1 of 4 cars by the hour with Hertz on Demand
48 hours before closing lots for events, we'll post a real estate sign with the date and time at the entrance
Walking time from lot 57 (Stadium) to Wescoe: 6.5 minutes
Walking time from lot 90 (Recreation Center) to Wescoe: 8.5 minutes
Going to Watkins Health Center? Park at the meters, pay for 1 hour