Covid-19 information
Success
Home / Programs / Speak up Be heard / Parking and transit

Speak up Be heard: Parking and transit

Long Commute Staff and Parking

Submitted: May 13, 2022
Last updated: May 13, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

I am one of many staff that have an hour or longer commute to work and pay for a parking pass. I understand the need to fund PTS operations as it is financially self-supporting and that permit prices have not been increased since 2008. However, I think it is important to recognize that the incentives offered such as transit subsidies do not apply to those of us who must commute from an hour or more away. I began working for ASU just 2 months prior to the pandemic and the cost of housing in the valley soaring. If I could afford to move closer to work, I would. I participate in a hybrid work schedule and drive an energy efficient vehicle. I park in Tempe and commute to my office in Downtown Phoenix via the shuttle to cut back on transportation costs and avoid increasing my carbon footprint. If public transit were available to me from an hour away, I would participate. I still find the cost for a parking pass to be exorbitant. While ASU's sustainability principles are important, some, particularly participating in more sustainable transportation options, are idealistic and come from a privileged world view. Please consider making on campus parking more accessible to those of us with long commutes and support efforts to expand public transportation between counties.

Resolution:

TBD



Parking prices cheaper?

Submitted: April 5, 2022
Last updated: April 12, 2022
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Is there a way that you can make parking prices cheaper or based on salary? For those that don't make much, it is a huge portion of our income. For example, it is about 60% of one of my paychecks and I know there is a paycheck deduction, but that doesn't make it better.

Resolution:

Over the years, Parking and Transit Services has reviewed charging for parking on a sliding scale based on an employee’s salary. While it seems fair on the surface, a sliding scale policy presents several issues: equity questions, implementation and administrative challenges, and negative sustainability impacts. The PAC-12 and other universities have also studied a sliding scale policy. Each has decided against it. In summary:

  • A salary-based rate structure would have high administrative costs relative to the perceived benefits. Salary-based rates would require significant human resources to define, develop, implement and maintain.
  • A salary-based rate structure includes significant risk to Transportation Demand Management programs that rely on incentives for alternatives to driving alone. The university is committed to making ASU a sustainability leader. ASU is lessening transportation impacts on the environment by decreasing the number of single-occupancy vehicles on campus. A proposed salary-based fee structure does the opposite: It makes parking and vehicle use more attractive by lowering the relative cost of parking for people who may otherwise choose more sustainable options like public transit.
  • Successful TDM programs use incentives like transit subsidies and disincentives, such as higher parking permit costs, to drive behavioral change. ASU has worked hard to keep rates down for 14 years, with no permit increases since 2008. Rising costs for operations, campus development, reduced surface lot parking and increasing enrollment and demand are indicators that parking rates will need to be increased in the future. However, the university strives to provide a range of parking options, alternate mode options and hybrid telework options to alleviate overall demand.
  • It is also important to note that per the Arizona Board of Regents, PTS must be financially self-supporting. PTS does not receive tuition or other university funds to run its operation.


Route Maintenance Schedule

Submitted: March 7, 2022
Last updated: March 7, 2022
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Is there any plans to work with ASU Maintenance/Facilities or Parking and Transit, or City of Tempe to enhance and paint over the crosswalks throughout Tempe Campus and nearby streets to get to the University (Rural, College, University, Apache, etc)? It seems a danger to drivers and pedestrians.

Resolution:

City of Tempe has a routine maintenance schedule to repaint crosswalks based on the road resurfacing projects. For upcoming projects, please visit the City of Tempe's website. https://www.tempe.gov/government/engineering-and-transportation/transportation/streets-signals-traffic/street-closures-restrictions



Why does staff need to pay to play?

Submitted: September 13, 2021
Last updated: October 11, 2021
Status: In progress

Comment or issue submitted:

Why do I need to pay my employer to park at my place of work? Find maintenance costs elsewhere.

Resolution:

The Arizona Board of Regents intends that ASU Parking and Transit Services shall be financially self-supporting through receipt of fees from all persons who park at ASU. All revenue received from permit sales, visitor parking fees and citation payments are reinvested back into the Parking and Transit Services budget to fund the entire operaion which includes the intercampus shuttle services, subsidized public transit passes, parking facility and lot maintenance, systems/technology, new parking infrastructure and other university initiatives. No tuition funds are allocated to this auxiliary operation.



Free parking for employees

Submitted: August 27, 2021
Last updated: September 14, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

As an organization that prides themselves on paying employees below industry standards and making up for it in ‘benefits’ - but having employees pay for parking is obsurd. Hiding behind ‘parking fees help maintain ASU building expenses’ is a poor excuse as to why employees need to pay to park at their place of work.

Chalk it up to an ‘employee benefit’ and find other ways to cover ASU building expenses. Making employees pay to come to work is not the solution.

It is especially frustrating when those higher up, making more money than the average ASU employee have ASU cover their parking permit. Please stop making your employees that are already underpaid pay to park at their place of work.

Resolution:

The Arizona Board of Regents intends that ASU Parking and Transit Services shall be financially self-supporting through receipt of fees from all persons who park at ASU. All revenue received from permit sales, visitor parking fees and citation payments are reinvested back into the Parking and Transit Services budget to fund the campus shuttle services, the subsidized transit passes, parking facility maintenance and other university initiatives. No tuition funds are used for PTS options.



Cross Parking in Tempe

Submitted: August 5, 2021
Last updated: September 14, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

I often have to attend meetings and events on the opposite side of campus. My parking permit is for lot 55. There is no cross parking permit available for short term parking nor is there approval to park closer to assigned events e.g. Move-In . Why don’t we have a limited permit a per at on could purchase for a few days throughout the year in an alternative lot?

Resolution:

There are two different types of permits you can purchase, either an all access permit or a multi-campus permit that will allow you to have more cross parking options. Please visit the PTS office if you wish to upgrade your permit.



Discount parking for reduced campus commute

Submitted: June 17, 2021
Last updated: September 14, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

My comment is that parking should be discounted if we are going to be moving to a hybrid model in the near future. If employees are only coming to campus 3 days a week that should cut the cost of upkeep/wear and tear on parking lots and decrease demand for spots closer to campus. And paying $16 3 times a week for the daily rate is NOT a cost effective option-there HAS to be some kind of compromise that we can make as work schedules change

Resolution:

PTS does not have current plans to offer weekday-specific permits. ASU parking permits are already deeply discounted and sold below the current market rate.



Parking passes availability

Submitted: June 11, 2021
Last updated: September 14, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Can parking passes be made available sooner than July 21 for staff returning to campus?

Resolution:

Permits can be purchased anytime throughout the year at a prorated amount.



Cost for transit passes for employees

Submitted: January 6, 2020
Last updated: August 20, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Transit Passes for Valley Metro Transit / Light Rail currently cost more than many of the parking options on ASU campuses, and the cost for staff is significantly more than students. I think it would be mutually beneficial to the University and employees to offer transit passes at no cost. This would incentivize employees to take public transit and reduce congestion around ASU's campus as well as free up parking.

submitted May 29, 2019

Resolution:

Platinum passes are already sold at a reduced price. For more information, please visit https://cfo.asu.edu/transit-passes.



Handicap parking for DRC

Submitted: May 1, 2019
Last updated: August 20, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

In Tempe, the visitor lots for people with handicap plates or placards are too far away from the Disability Resource Center. Lot 11  used to be on Park Mobile but is now only for ASU permits, meaning people who need services have to complete their move to campus before they can park near the DRC. 

Resolution:

Lot 11 has a Disabled visitor stall, which requires either a disabled license plate or placard and ParkMobile payment for parking privileges



Is there a way that you can make parking prices cheaper or based on salary? For those that don't make much, it is a huge portion of our income. For example, it is about 60% of one of my paychecks and I know there is a paycheck deduction, but that doesn't make it better.