Transportation Services announces 2013-14 program changes

Each year UW-Madison Transportation Services reviews and adjusts parking rates and policies while taking into consideration its annual operating budget.   As an auxiliary organization, we must ensure revenue streams that can maintain the current levels of transit, transportation and parking options available on campus.   To do that, Transportation Services has received approval to implement program and policy changes for the 2013-14 parking year.

Just two parking rate categories. One change includes beginning a six-year plan to condense the current parking rate categories from 3 rates to 2.  The plan culminates in all Level 1 parking lots being merged into the Level 2 category, and all garages and high demand lots that are currently in the Level 2 category being merged into the Level 3 category.  Historically, the current Level 1 lots were considered to be on the outskirts of campus.  Our campus has seen tremendous growth and development over the last two decades, and now that is no longer the case.  By 2018 the plan will align all garages, ramps and high-demand surface lots in one category and all remaining surface lots in another.

Transportation Services is planning incremental increases as opposed to a one time, large-scale increase to allow for gradual change.  The first step of the incremental adjustments has lots that are changing categories seeing a 10% increase and lots that are not changing categories seeing a 3% increase, and will reflect the following permit fee increases for the 2013-14 parking year:

  • Base Lot Level 1 converting to Level 2 by $54
  • Base Lot Level 2 (with no conversion) by $24
  • Base Lot Level 2 converting to Level 3 by $79
  • Base Lot Level 3 (with no conversion) by $34

*Please review the 2013-14 Program and Rate Changes Brief for specific lot numbers.

*Please review the Rate Migration Map for lot details.

The new rate structure is being driven by a series of factors, including increased operational and maintenance costs, self-sufficiency, the resources required for long-term support of our functions and programs, and increased replacement costs of surface stalls lost to construction and building projects.  Moving forward, lost surface lots need to be replaced with garages and ramps, which are considerably more expensive to build and maintain.  One example of this process is the expansion of the UW Hospital ramp to account for the loss of hundreds of surface stalls on the west side of campus.

Some of the other changes to rates and policies that will be effective September 1, 2013 include:

  • Increase in permit prices:
  • Park and Ride permits by $8
  • Motorcycle permits by $4
  • Moped permits by $4
  • Department Service permits by $25
  • Monthly permits by $5 – $10 (depending on lot)

Employee Bus Pass will cost $24. Beginning next academic year, the UW employee bus pass provided by Transportation Services will cost $24.  Transportation Services, in partnership with the Associated Students of Madison, will continue to fully fund UW-Madison campus bus routes 80, 81, 82 and 84, which will continue to be fare-free, and riders will not be required to swipe a pass.

Carpool Permit. Carpools are an important alternative to single occupancy vehicles on campus and reduce the demand for parking.  Enhancements to the program include an increase in free temporary daily permits from 3 per carpool member to 6 per carpool member.  All carpool members will now be eligible to purchase Afternoon, Night, Flex, Moped and Motorcycle permits.

Transportation Services understands that any increase can create financial challenges, but we believe the new rates will better represent the funding levels required to deliver our core services.  As we support innovative transportation solutions for our campus, we will continue to explore options for revenue streams that will help offset the impacts on our annual permit holders.

We also offer many commuter support programs for faculty, staff and students including the campus bus and employee bus pass program, cost sharing through carpool and vanpool programs, comprehensive route planning for a variety of alternative transportation modes, and more.   For complete information, please contact our Commuter Solutions team at

For additional details on these and other policy changes, please follow the links below:

2013-14 Program and Rate Changes Brief

Rate Migration Map