A trip from the bedroom to the home office or the dining room table has replaced the typical morning commute for many WSU employees over the past year and a half.
As of July 12, a significant portion of these employees will return to their physical workplace. Many may do this less often, as the University is evaluating hybrid labor agreements.
For these employees, more piecemeal parking options, or other commuting alternatives, may be preferable to long-term parking passes.
âOur general rule of thumb is that it’s cheaper to buy parking by the hour if you come to campus three days a week or less, but that’s certainly not the case in all circumstances,â said Cody Wilson, Director of WSU. Transportation services.
Last August, WSU Pullman launched a new mobile parking app called Aims Mobile Pay, or AMP. With the app, motorists can park by the hour in more than 20 car parks on the Pullman campus and pay directly from their smartphone. The most popular surface parking lots in the heart of the campus cost $ 1 per hour with a maximum daily charge of $ 8. Some parking garages are also available on the app and cost $ 2.50 per hour with a maximum of $ 20 per day. The app can be found by searching for AMP Park in Google Play or the Apple Store.
In addition to convenience, the app also alerts users 15 minutes before their time expires.
“The on-app alert is a great feature that eliminates the need to set a reminder to extend your parking.” Wilson said. âWe’re all pretty big and it’s nice to have one less thing to watch out for throughout the day. Users can simply wait for the alert and add time as needed on their smartphone wherever they are.
Certain lots currently available for hourly parking will be removed from the app at the end of the month due to expected demand from regular parking permit holders. Sales have been down from the past few years so far, but Wilson expects sales to increase as more employees begin to return to their offices and work sites on campus. .
For employees who have a current parking permit or who have surrendered their permit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, renewals are available until July 11. New customers can purchase an available permit during open permit sales from 10 a.m. on July 20. Rates are available on WSU Transportation Services website.
For Pullman employees who want a new approach to travel, Transportation Services offers its Coug Commute Advisor program.
The service helps employees find the best way to get around through a variety of options such as biking and walking, Pullman Transit, as well as using services like Vanpool. If commuters give up their parking pass to participate but end up wanting to return, WSU Transportation Services guarantees that return without having to put on a waiting list.
To learn more about the Coug Commute Advisor program, email [email protected], call 509-335-PARK (7275), or visit the Transportation Services office.
Employees at the WSU Spokane campus can use their smartphones using the Flowbird app to find and pay for hourly and daily parking. Commuters can also use the payment terminals in the car parks. More information is available on the WSU Spokane website.
WSU Vancouver has metered and daily parking permits available in addition to annual parking permits. Free 30-minute parking is available near the Dengerink administration building and the student services center. Two-hour counters are located in all orange lots and in lot 3 green.
Daily blue lot permits can be purchased for $ 4 or $ 2 after 5:00 p.m. at the blue lot or orange lot 1 kiosks. Daily scratching permits can be purchased for $ 5 at Parking Services and at the Center cashier. student services. Daily online permits are also available and are valid in unmetered and unrestricted parking spaces in any orange, green, red or gray lot.
More information is available on the WSU Vancouver website.