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Weekend Parking Fee FAQ

Find a list of questions and answers related to the Virtual Town Hall proposal on weekend parking fee alternatives.

General Proposal Questions

Will the incentive parking permits available to certain alternative commute program participants be valid on weekends?

Yes.

Will paid weekend parking affect short-term parking (the free 30-minute loading zones)?

No. We recognize the need to increase the number of free loading zones regardless of the move to paid weekend parking.

Why do these alternatives focus on students? What about other members of the university community?

In the initial town hall, we primarily heard concerns about the impact on students and faculty who depend on students to perform lab work on the weekends. Where we could identify improvements to the proposal that would help others (like moving from flat-rate fees to a reduced hourly rate), we incorporated those changes in all alternatives.

How do these proposals benefit faculty/staff?

Paid weekend parking helps distribute the cost of constructing and maintaining parking facilities across the widest possible population. That will keep permit prices lower than they would otherwise be based on planned investment in new parking.

Will holiday parking still be free? What about academic breaks?

Holiday parking will continue to be free. Paid parking will continue on non-holidays during academic breaks.

What about Triton Day, Transfer Triton Day, Homecoming, etc.?

We expect that parking for UC San Diego signature events will continue to be free.

How will this affect weekend visitors?

During paid parking hours, weekend visitors will be required to purchase a daily permit or pay the hourly parking rate. Based on feedback from the previous town hall, we’ve transitioned visitor parking from a flat-rate to a reduced hourly rate with a low daily maximum price.

How will paid weekend parking affect hospital workers with weekend shifts?

UC San Diego Health already has paid weekend parking on both the La Jolla and Hillcrest campuses. This change should not affect hospital employees.

How will paid weekend parking affect lab workers who must come to campus on the weekend?

Employees who do not already have a monthly, quarterly or annual parking permit will need to purchase parking on weekend days when they come to campus. Those who routinely cone to campus on weekends, will find the Night and Weekend permit to be the most economical option. Those who park only occasionally may prefer daily parking, while those who park for very brief periods may prefer hourly parking.

If the campus implements any of these alternatives, will there be more S spaces in parking structures closest to campus (e.g., not Regents lots)?

Absolutely. The parking structure being planned for P701 adjacent to the Triton Ballpark will benefit students primarily. Student parking will also be available at North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood and Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood.

How much is the current hourly parking rate during weekdays and weekends?

The current parking rate is $3/hour. That same rate applies where we have hourly public parking on the weekend at SIO.

How would staff members who ride the bus during the week purchase parking when they occasionally drive to campus on weekends?

You would simply purchase a one-day virtual (previously print-at-home) permit online or stop by the Osler Commuter and Visitor Information Center on your way to work.

How will the introduction of paid weekend parking affect those who have a monthly, quarterly, or annual parking permit?

You will need to remember to display your existing permit when you park on weekends. No other action is required. Your parking cost will not increase with paid weekend parking. In fact, revenue from non-permit holders will help contain future price increases.

How will weekend parking enforcement affect Transportation Services operating costs?

This will have a negligible cost impact. We already have staff who work weekends to support paid parking at SIO and UC San Diego Health, keep fire lanes clear and support campus events.

How will the introduction of paid weekend parking affect carpool participants?

For two- or three-person carpools, the driver may use their carpool permit to park on the weekend without additional passengers. Riders with carpool incentive permits or complimentary student weekend parking days could use those permits. Others would need to purchase parking for the day.

Why not just keep things the same and increase permit prices for everybody?

We believe that sharing costs across all parking system users is fair and that keeping weekday parking affordable helps support equity and inclusion for lower-income members of the university community.

I host a weekend event or series that has already published parking information for the coming year. What should I do?

Contact our Event Services team immediately (eventsparking@ucsd.edu). We can accommodate these circumstances, but modest changes to how we deliver parking for your event may be necessary (e.g., use of permits or validation codes).

Why does every option appear to include increased student parking rates?

Parking rates were already changing, independent of weekend parking fees. Alternative A is the only alternative that includes an incremental fee increase associated with the change to paid weekend parking. Students asked that we show the full fee for student permits in the alternatives rather than just the change resulting from each specific weekend parking alternative. 

Transportation Services reduced student parking prices by 25% last year at the Gliderport and P782 and we are freezing rates at that level for the next two years. In addition, we are freezing prices at the Regents lots at last year’s levels for two years. This is being done, in concert with an increase to the cost of student parking in other lots, to help redistribute demand and make it easier for S permit holders to find space when they need it.

Why are you proposing to use virtual permits instead of physical permits for options A-C? Scratch-off permits are really convenient.

We’re moving to virtual permits across the parking system to reduce the cost and environmental impact associated with permit printing and mailing. Virtual permits also make it possible for us to leverage technology in parking enforcement operations to further control costs.

If improvements to parking facilities and services are driven by weekday demand, why add cost where demand is much lower than supply?

Great point. A portion of our parking investment is to satisfy peak demand and it would be unfair for weekend parking customers to pay a full share of that cost. That’s why weekend parking rates are lower than weekday rates.

Can the Night and Weekend permit be purchased independently of weekday commuter permits?

Absolutely. Other monthly, quarterly, and annual commuter and SR permits already include night and weekend parking. The Night and Weekend permit is a cost-effective way to purchase parking for those who only drive to campus at night and on weekends.

Are people who come to campus regularly but are not students or employees able to purchase a Night and Weekend permit?

Yes. These permits are a popular options for individuals who participate in campus Recreation programs.

In each of these scenarios, is the “permit upgrade time” the same for A, B, S, V and D permits?

Yes.

Questions about Alternative A

I am a staff member and a student. How would this alternative affect me?

For parking purposes, your staff status supersedes your student status. You would not be required to pay the surcharge on monthly, quarterly or annual parking permits. Similarly, you would not be eligible for the free weekend parking permit.

Can virtual permits for the free weekend parking days be claimed on the day they will be used or would I have to specify the days I will park at the beginning of the quarter?

Yes. While virtual permits could be arranged in advance, we expect most people to claim them at the time of use. They will be easily arranged from your computer or smartphone.

If I don’t have any parking permit but am a student, I will be able to park free on the weekend?

Yes. Under this scenario, students who park during the week would pay more so that students who don’t park during the week can park for free on the weekend.

How often do students have to register their vehicle online ¾ once in the beginning, every quarter, or every year?

You only have to register vehicles online once. We anticipate that the virtual weekend permit would be claimed quarterly but are still evaluating an annual option.

Questions about Alternatives B & C

I am a staff member and a student. Would I be eligible for the free weekend parking days provided to students under this option?

For parking purposes, your staff status supersedes your student status. You would not be eligible for student free weekend parking days.

Are the free weekend parking day virtual permits good for Saturday AND Sunday or Saturday OR Sunday? Are they for calendar days or 24 hour days?

The virtual permits for free weekend parking days will each be valid for a single calendar day.

If I only need to park for part of the day on the weekend, do I need to use a virtual permit for the whole day?

If you will be on campus for two hours or less and expect to need your free weekend parking days later in the quarter, you may want to simply pay by the hour.

Will the free weekend parking days be transferable?

Free weekend parking days are non-transferable. When you claim a virtual permit, you make a connection between yourself and the vehicle that will use the permit, setting yourself up to be charged for any future citations on that vehicle. That said, we do expect that resident students may use free weekend parking days to host family members; that is acceptable. 

I am a graduate student and already receive incentive parking permits as a member of the Pedal Club. Would I still be able to receive the free weekend parking days?

Yes.

What will the reevaluation process be once the trolley begins operation?

We will review factors, including how many students are using the permits and at what intensity. We will also consider the park and ride options available to students once the trolley opens. Any change will be made in consultation with Associated Students and Graduate Student Association leadership, along with STAC.

I don’t have easy access to a printer. Will the virtual permits really be virtual or will I have to print something?

Totally virtual. Your license plate will serve as your parking credential.

Questions about Alternative D

I am a staff member and a student. Would I be able to purchase the half-price night and weekend permit?

For parking purposes, your staff status supersedes your student status. You would not be eligible for the half-price night and weekend permit. The full-price night and weekend permit is deeply discounted already and is a good option if you do not already have a parking permit. Inexpensive daily and hourly options are also available if your weekend campus visits are infrequent.

Will staff pay the same amount for the night and weekend permit as students?

No. We are providing a reduced rate permit for students specifically to facilitate equitable access to the academic and extracurricular activities that occur on weekends and are critical to students’ university experience and academic success.

Alternatives A-C have specific timelines. How long would the terms of alternative D be in effect?

While alternative D could be reconsidered at some point, we do not anticipate changes to the parking or transportation environment that would require it.

Questions about New Parking Construction

Where and when are you going to be building new parking?

You can read more about our parking development plans.

What fraction of the new parking spaces is going to be for A permits?

That remains to be determined. All A parking lost to construction will be replaced, after which we hope to grow A parking proportionally to demand or growth in the A-eligible population, whichever is greater.

Why build more parking? Why not just constrain the supply and drive down demand, encouraging more people to use public transportation?

Constraining supply to shift demand only works when prices are allowed to float freely. Instead, we keep parking prices as low as possible in order to maximize access for lower-income, auto-dependent communities and use other programs and incentives to encourage the use of public transportation and other lower-impact commute modes.

General Parking Questions

Parking is expensive; how are you keeping UC San Diego accessible for lower-income students and employees?

Transportation Services reduced daily parking prices by 25% last year at the Gliderport and P782 and are frozen at that level for the next two years. In addition, the new D permit freezes monthly prices at the Regents lots and Gliderport at last year’s levels for two years.

Would Gliderport require a regular S parking permit or the D discounted permit?

Gliderport will not require an S permit. The D permit will be valid there and the $3 daily rate with Parkmobile will also continue to be offered.

How much are A permits for faculty, post docs and senior administrators increasing?

A permits are increasing by $5/month ($60/year).

How much are B permits for staff increasing?

B permits are increasing by $4/month ($48/year)

Are night and weekend permits transferable between cars?

All permits good for more than one day are transferable between vehicles; however, they are not transferable among people.

What cost-cutting measures has Transportation Services taken to reduce the need to raise new revenue?

We have reduced non-core services (e.g., Arriba Shuttle, East Campus Connector), reduced subsidies, and leveraged technology in the parking enterprise to reduce operating costs. We have also enacted a Lean management initiative that engages frontline staff in identifying and implementing operational efficiencies.

Why do you need to increase parking prices?

We are constructing seven new parking facilities to stay ahead of campus construction parking impacts and accommodate parking demand associated with campus growth. You can learn more our parking development plans and the annual debt payments required to implement them.

Why does the high tuition that students pay not allow them to park for free? Since the money we pay allows for the building of parking spaces, why is there a separate fee to use them?

No tuition or state dollars go to support the construction or operation of parking; similarly, the campus shuttle program is supported by parking dollars or funding partnerships with other auxiliaries.

In 1957, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a policy that all vehicles (including motorcycles and motorized bicycles, mopeds) parked on University of California campuses have to be registered once a year with the DMV and the Parking & Transportation Services (Parking) Office, and be subject to an annual fee covering the costs of construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of parking facilities. In 1960, the state legislature passed into law a bill that eliminated the use of state tax funds for parking purposes on the University of California and California State College campuses.