Employees who commute to campus will now have to pay to park, on top of the cost of gas, if they want to continue to take advantage of UNC’s park-and-ride option.
Access to the nine UNC park-and-ride lots — which has traditionally been free — will cost University employees a minimum of $227 in fees for the 2013-14 academic year.
The park-and-ride fee for users of the Commuter Alternative Program will be charged on a sliding scale based on income, with a midpoint of $250 per permit.
Minimum cost of park-and-ride pass: $227
Midpoint cost of park-and-ride passes: $250
On-campus parking pass cost range: $423 – $1,197
Estimated annual revenue from fee: $580,000
Jason Palivoda, a grounds tech and delegate for the Employee Forum, said he thinks the fee is unfair.
“I feel it is a travesty to saddle working people who utilize the system for convenience, economy or environmentalism with an additional expense when pay raises have fallen far behind inflation and market value,” Palivoda said.