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UNT revamping parking permit system

UNT revamping parking permit system

Parking tickets given for parking in a grassy area sit under a driver's windshield wiper in UNT parking lot 7 on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Hannah Lauritzen | Design Editor

UNT revamping parking permit system
August 05
14:23 2016

Julia Falcon | Staff Writer

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UNT has announced noticeable changes in its on-campus parking, specifically with parking lots and parking permits.

In a statement sent to UNT students via e-mail, UNT officials said the most noticeable changes will be to the parking permits and lots across campus, which have been changed to allow commuters closer access to campus.

UNT spokesperson Margarita Venegas said transportation services reworked the parking lots and permit system this year in further response to concerns from students.

“Transportation Services received feedback from students last year both in person and from comments on social media, especially in the fall semester, saying they felt there wasn’t adequate parking,” Venegas said. “In the fall last year, Transportation Services opened up some additional lots [lot 34 and lot 85] in response to provide more parking.”

UNT will be doing away with the General Commuter (“G) and Premium Commuter (“P”) permits and are instead introducing three new parking permits beginning in the fall: The Eagle Annual permit, the Eagle Fall permit and the Remote permit.

The Eagle Annual permit is $250 and applies to upperclassmen living in residence halls or for students who commute to and from campus.

The Eagle Fall permit is $175 and is also for upperclassmen living in residence halls or for students who commute to and from campus, but is a lower cost because it is only for the fall semester.

The Remote permit is $125 and is available to all students who want a lower cost option. This permit provides parking in Lot 80 near Victory Hall.

The permits for the 2016-2017 school year will be available on the parking and transportation website beginning Friday, Aug. 12.

Many of the current resident (“R”) parking lots will be converted into Eagle permit lots. The new “R” lots are Lot 20 (at Fouts Field), Lot 19 (on either side of Santa Fe Hall), and Lots 80, 81 and 85 (on the east side of Victory Hall).

Lot 40, located behind the Greek Life Center, will be closed to prepare for future property development, Venegas said, and will close on Aug. 15. Lot 25, located at the corner of Avenue C and Highland Street by Crumley Hall, will be converted to a visitor parking lot.

Lot 27 will also be losing a few spots due to development of new walkways, which are part of the university’s master plan.

And to address the overcrowding in parking lots – one of students’ biggest complaints — fewer permits will be sold to students.

“Students felt the parking permits were being too oversold, so there will be a limited number of student parking permits sold to prevent these issues,” Venegas said. “UNT Transportation Services partners with Denton County Transportation Authority to provide local routes and commuter bus service to campus.”

Featured Image: New parking permits can be purchased Aug. 12 on transportation.unt.edu. Hannah Lauritzen | Design Editor

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