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Meeting the needs of students, faculty and staff that were identified through a comprehensive parking and transportation study and campuswide survey, UAB Transportation will implement several pricing options for student and employee permit rates for the 2018-19 year, with rates increasing for certain locations.

Rate increases – which have not occurred for students since 2012 and employees since 2008 – will support the implementation of improvements to the parking and transportation system. Cost effective and zoned parking options are available and are a crucial part of the overall permit structure.

“Because of the comprehensive parking and transportation study, we know we have a surplus of parking on the perimeter of our campus at express lots that have never been full,” said Transportation Director Andre Davis. “We want to focus on incentivizing those lots where we have space while minimizing the amount of time students search for a parking space.”

Student parking permits will be available for purchase online July 1. Beginning with the fall semester, students will have additional options to choose from beyond the traditional residential and commuter lot options, including zone options for the 12th Street Deck, the 16th Street Deck, and Express Lot 1. Information about these options and new student rates are available online.

New employee permit rate options will be implemented in January 2019. 

As a result of the comprehensive study, UAB developed a five-year plan to manage existing and future demand, create a more fiscally sustainable transportation system and improve customer service for the entire enterprise — UAB and UAB Medicine — that is compatible with the campus master plan.

Central to that are strategies to manage demand and improve parking supply, enhance transit services, encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic, plus improve administrative policies and departmental technology and funding, Davis said.

Davis’s team is working closely with units across campus to tackle those priorities, including building additional parking options.

UAB has also created a parking committee to review and recommend policies and procedures going forward. The committee will advise on implementation of initiatives identified in the campuswide transportation study, provide feedback about any issues to Parking and Transportation leadership, help shape communications to campus constituencies and more as needed.

Norman Bolus, Faculty Senate representative and assistant professor, School of Health Professions, is chair of the committee of faculty, staff and students:

  • Marvin Atmore, assistant chief, UAB Police Department
  • Jim Bakken, assistant vice president for Public Relations, University Relations
  • David Beeching, Staff Council Representative and systems analyst, IT Systems and Server Support
  • Marc Booker, executive director, Student Housing and Dining
  • André Davis, director, Parking and Transportation Services
  • James Fowler, director, Facilities Planning, Design and Construction
  • Nirzari Gupta, president, Graduate Student Government Association
  • Eric Jack, dean, Collat School of Business
  • Jvann Martin, associate vice president, Health System Facilities and Emergency Management
  • Kelly Mayer, manager, Employee Relations
  • Bob McMains, senior facilities officer, Facilities
  • Allison Montgomery, professional student representative, School of Medicine
  • Terri Poe, chief nursing officer, UAB Medicine
  • Srikakolapu Siddharth, president, Undergraduate Student Government Association
  • Marla Townsend, senior associate athletics director, Department of Athletics