Duke’s continuing enhancement of parking facilities will require a permit price increase to assist with infrastructure upgrades and additional parking capacity.
Beginning in August, rates for parking permits will increase from $1 to $16.75 per month, depending on permit type. The change in price will affect all permits for students, faculty and staff with the average increase for employee permits growing $6.54 a month, about 50 cents less than the average increase last year.Read More
In the past year, Duke has made significant infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to facilities across the University and Health System. A multi-phase project to install hands-free parking gates at 39 lots will be complete by 2016, allowing for better tracking of parking usage and behaviors, which will enable Duke to tailor resources better.
This spring, Duke also began building a $53-million garage at the Science Drive-Cameron Boulevard intersection. The garage has 2,320 spaces.
“We have worked to remain very strategic in planning our traffic and parking plan for students, patients, faculty and staff, and visitors, “ said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president for administration. “As our campus population continues to grow, we’re working to mitigate constraints for those who choose to park on campus. We continue on our overall path of moving to a pedestrian space inside campus with more parking available along the outside edges.”
In addition to upgrades, Duke has focused on expanding sustainable commuting options. A 2014 survey conducted by Parking and Transportation Services showed 29 percent of employees who completed the survey chose to walk, bike, carpool, vanpool, or telecommute instead of drive alone to work.
Duke offers programs to help alleviate the need for a permit from carpool and vanpool programs to the GoPass, a $25 regional bus pass that allows for unlimited rides on Triangle Transit and Go Durham (formerly known as DATA) buses for one year. Community members using alternative transportation are eligible for perks, including a certain number of free daily parking passes a month when they need to drive to campus. Commuters can also purchase up to 20 daily parking passes each month for $4 each.
“We can help employees research a variety of alternative ways to get to campus,” said Alison Carpenter, manager of Duke’s transportation demand management program. “Transportation is one of the biggest chunks of Duke’s carbon emissions and important to address to reach our goal of being carbon neutral by 2024.”
See this chart for new parking rates: