Get ready, because big changes are coming to parking on campus.
As part of the University’s new Five-Year Plan, a plan launched every five years by UNC Transportation and Parking to generate necessary revenue, all vehicles will need a permit to park on campus Monday through Thursday night unless the parking space is in an hourly parking area. The Weeknight Parking Program comes as a change to the current system, which allows free parking at certain commuter lots from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Beginning in August 2019, students will pay an extra six dollars as part of the total transportation fee to fund this parking initiative. Upon paying the fee, all students except first-years can obtain a weeknight parking permit. All daytime parking passes will be honored during weeknights. Visitors to campus will be impacted as well, with all visitors required to show a credential to park on campus, apply for a temporary pass or pay an hourly fee.
Not all students are thrilled, especially on a campus where parking can be difficult already.
“When we are paying so much in tuition, we should be able to park our cars on campus if we want,” junior and sociology major Sara McCauley said. “So in general, I think the addition of this rule is kind of absurd.”