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 is sponsoring an open forum at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the English Room of the Kansas Union. The purpose of the forum is to receive feedback on parking issues and discuss changes for the 2015–2016 academic year and beyond.
License Plate Recognition (LPR)
Lot 3 - Pilot for transition to assigned parking
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.
- 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|
|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||
|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.