TAPS Looks at ‘Mobility Hub,’ Greater Parking Capacity

A parking permit rate increase was approved in fiscal year 2014-2015. Now reinstated, the increase ranges from $2 to $4

TAPS is an auxiliary operation, which means it cannot use state general funds for those purposes. taps 

Student population growth, as well as an increase in staff and faculty hiring, has UC Riverside’s Transportation and Parking Services, or TAPS, planning for additional parking, as well as alternative transportation methods.

TAPS’ most recent project is a “mobility hub,” a facility operated in partnership with the Riverside Transit Agency, or RTA, that will sit on parking lot 19 land. It will be a place where different modes of transportation, from walking, to biking, to riding transit, will come together. It is expected to be operational in 2020. This partnership will continue to support the U-Pass program, which allows students, staff, and faculty members to ride RTA for free with their UCR identification cards. TAPS is also looking at parking demands in potential construction areas, including lot 30 and the North District, the current location of family housing at the northeast end of campus.

TAPS is funding the projects with revenue from a parking permit rate increase that will become effective August 1. Staff and faculty will see the deduction in their September paychecks. The monthly increase is $2 for gold permits, $2.50 for blue permits, and $4 for red permits.

Irma Henderson, UCR’s director of Transportation Services, said TAPS is an auxiliary operation, which means it cannot use state funds for construction and maintenance of parking spaces and facilities. Those funds must come from user fees, such as parking permits.

The increase was approved through the campus budget process in fiscal year 2014-2015, but was deferred for two years as TAPS leaders reexamined opportunities to reduce operating costs. They saved $900,000 by streamlining operations and reduced operating costs.

“Our new financial model assumes that all of the revenue generated by the fiscal year 2017-2018 parking rate increase will be reserved to construct new and replacement parking inventory, and not to fund the cost of operations,” said Ron Coley, vice chancellor of Business and Administrative Services.

The two-year deferment was also to minimize the financial impact on students, staff, and faculty, Henderson said.

“We know we have to build,” Henderson said. “We are starting the process, and at the same time, we want to be thoughtful on how we impact peoples’ finances. We really are looking out for the money permit holders entrust in us.”

Below is the rate increase table for gold, blue, and red parking permits:

  

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