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Parking Forum April 7

In developing the 2014–2024 KU Campus Master Plan, several significant issues with vehicle and pedestrian access to campus were identified. Over the next year, Parking & Transit will be working closely with the KU community to address those issues and reimagine how we park on campus.

To start that conversation, the Parking Commission is sponsoring an open forum at 2 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union. The purpose of the forum is to receive feedback on parking issues and discuss changes for the 2014–2015 academic year and beyond. 

Current maintenance is the most pressing concern, and the Parking Commission is considering price increases for the 2014–2015 academic year. In addition, the current “hunting permit” system is not sustainable as KU continues to expand. The entire KU community will be engaged in developing a reimagined parking system.

Current Conditions / Deferred Maintenance

Comprehensive data was collected during the master planning process, including the completion of a new pavement study, which evaluated the surface of 86 out of 119 parking lots on campus. (Parking lots that had been recently repaved, which are already scheduled for repairs, or which are already identified building sites for new buildings within the next 1-3 years were not included in the study.)

The pavement study estimates that the cost of repairing this set of parking lots exceeds $15 million, and in our experience, these estimates tend to be on the low side. (For example, the original estimate for last year’s replacement of lot 54 was approximately 1/3 of the actual cost of the project.)

In order to repair parking all of the parking lots in a 10-year cycle, including those already being planned, those in the study, and those not in the study, will require an additional $1.8 million per year. 

Loss of Parking Spaces

Parking lots – relatively flat, in highly desirable locations – tend to be ideal building sites for new buildings, which are often designed with no new parking to replace what is lost, such as the School of Business, the new Earth, Energy, and Environment Center, construction on Daisy Hill, and future buildings along Innovation Way.  In other areas, like Jayhawk Boulevard, parking spaces are removed for other reasons, such as safety concerns. 

In the past 2 years (including the construction that just began on Daisy Hill), more than 600 parking spaces have been lost, and another 200 spaces are anticipated to be affected by construction projects beginning in the coming 2 years. 

Reimagining the Parking System at KU

The current “hunting permit” system at KU is no longer sustainable. Beyond the 2014-15 academic year, KU will need to reimagine the way we park on the Lawrence campus, and we need your help figuring out how exactly that will work!

The master planning process identified KU’s most significant areas of need, and possible remedies/ recommendations envisioned in the campus master plan include:

  • An integrated parking and transit network, including the Jayhawk Trail and transit alternatives for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Assign parking in a single parking lot or small group of lots, with no oversell so that those with permits in a given lot can be absolutely certain they will be able to find a parking space in their assigned lot.
  • Market-based price structure, with a higher value placed on proximate parking.
  • Formalizing a carpooling program and investigating other transportation demand management options.

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 2014–2015 academic year are:

  Annual Permit Rates 26-pay Payroll Deductions
 Permit   2013-14   2014-15   % Change   Current  New  Increase 
Gold $ 291 $ 405  39%  $ 11.19 $ 15.58 $ 4.38
Blue $ 245 $ 300 22% $ 9.42 $ 11.54 $ 2.12
Red $ 225 $ 270 20% $ 8.65 $ 10.38 $ 1.73
Yellow $ 204 $ 225 10% $ 7.85 $ 8.65 $ 0.81
Park & Ride $ 180 $ 225 25% $ 6.92 $ 8.65 $ 1.73
Housing $ 194 $ 225 16% not applicable
Garage Gold $ 357 $ 471 32% $ 13.73 $ 18.12 $ 4.38
Garage Blue $ 312 $ 367 18% $ 12.00 $ 14.12 $ 2.12
Garage Red $ 291 $ 336 15% $ 11.19 $ 12.92 $ 1.73
Garage Yellow $ 240 $ 257 9% not applicable
Reserved $ 816 $ 1,020 25% $ 31.38 $ 39.23 $ 7.85
Retiree $ 77 $ 107 39% not applicable
Moped/Cycle $ 46 $ 64 39%
Departmental Pass $ 62 $ 86 39%
Child Care Load $ 26 $ 36 39%
Evening Only (semester) $ 41 $ 44 7%
Stouffer Place + Yellow $ 306 $ 355 16%

 

The new permit structure proposed in the campus master plan:

  Annual Permit Rates
Permit  2015-16    %    2016-17    %    2017-18    %    2018-19    %    2023-24    %*  
Tier 1 (Proximate) $ 465 15-55% $ 512 10% $ 589 15% $ 601 2% $767 28%
Tier 2 (Nearby) $ 324 20% $ 340 5% $ 357 5% $ 375 5% $ 479 28%
Tier 3 (Remote) $ 236 5% $ 248 5% $ 260 5% $ 273 5% $ 348 27%
Housing $ 259 15% $ 298 15% $ 343 15% $ 394 15% $ 503 28%
Garage - Tier 1 $ 530 13% $ 557 5% $ 584 5% $ 614 5% $ 783 28%
Garage - Tier 2 $ 390 6% $ 410 5% $ 430 5% $ 451 5% $ 576 28%
Garage - Tier 3 $ 300 15% $ 315 5% $ 331 5% $ 347 5% $ 443 28%
Reserved $1,200 18% $1,260 5% $1,323 5% $1,389 5% $1,778 28%

* Aggregated increases of 5% per year between FY19 and FY24.

We Need Your Feedback!

Survey 1 – Reimagining KU Parking

If you are interested in participating in work sessions, or letting us know your opinion about a few very general ideas for changes, please complete the survey about reimagining KU Parking.

Survey 2 – 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 3 – 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.

Reimagining Parking Survey 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