In less than a year, access to the nine UNC park-and-ride lots will no longer be free for commuters, who will be required to pay a minimum $227 fee.
The new charge for the lots will be implemented in the 2013-14 year as part of the Department of Public Safety’s five-year transportation plan.
The park-and-ride fee for users of the Commuter Alternative Program will be charged on a sliding scale based on income. Those with an income less than $25,000 — which includes most UNC students — will be charged $227.
On top of the parking pass fee, a $23.50 increase to the student transit fee has already been cleared by the student fee advisory subcommittee.
Michael Bertucci, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, sent an email earlier this week informing students of the change and advising students to seek housing on Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit bus lines.