Permits, Fees, & Prohibitions: A Survey of Parking Management Practices at Commuter Universities

Authors: Caryn DeCrisanti*, Central Connecticut State University
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Higher Education
Keywords: transportation, parking, college, university, commuting
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Central Connecticut State University (CCSU; enrollment 11,880) is a primarily commuter-serving campus with students coming from across the state of Connecticut and beyond. Despite four parking garages and several surface parking lots of varying sizes, students often report challenges in finding adequate parking. This research evaluates parking management strategies at comparable universities for potential application at CCSU. Assessed universities include regional public and small private institutions in Connecticut and adjacent Massachusetts, as well as institutions with comparable enrollments and commuting shares across the United States. Common approaches evaluated include issuing permits, charging fees, providing shuttle service, restricting residential parking, and encouraging alternate modes of travel, such as biking, carpool, or car share services.

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