9. Do part-time or evening students need to purchase a permit?
10. How many parking spaces are currently available for student parking?
11. Why can't I find parking in the garages?
12. I work evening hours and return to campus late. How can I get to my dorm safely from my vehicle?
13. I'm told I can park at visitor spaces and the police look the other way. Is this true?
1. Where do I purchase/pick up my parking permit?
Permits should be purchased online at the Parking and Transportation Services' eParking website . Only permits for special programs may be purchased at the Auxiliary Services Business Office, which is located on the first floor of the University Union across from the University Store. Scooter/Moped permits may be obtained at the Parking & Transportation Services' office located on the ground level of the Union Garage across from the University Union.
2. How much does a parking permit cost?
The parking permit rates change annually based on overall expenses. Current permit fees can be viewed on the Parking and Transportation Services website.
3. If my permit is lost or stolen, will a new permit be issued?
A lost/stolen permit may be replaced after completing a lost/stolen report and paying the applicable replacement fee. The lost/stolen report must be submitted to the Auxiliary Services Business Office. If a lost/stolen permit is found in use on campus, the vehicle is subject to a $300 fine, towing, and other possible sanctions.
4. What type of permit do I need?
Several types of permits are issued annually. Click here for a complete list of permits.
5. Why can’t I find parking in the garages?
To allow flexibility, parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Towsontown, Union, and Glen garages are typically full by 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday. If you arrive after 9 a.m., parking spaces are available at the Towson Center overflow parking lots located near the Johnny Unitas Stadium/SECU Arena and the overflow areas in the West Village garage. On-campus shuttles are available in these overflow areas, and they provide free transportation to and from the core campus.
6. My friend told me that s/he "found" or "changed" a permit and used it. Can I use a permit that was found or changed?
7. Can I share a permit?
No. Each person must have his or her own permit; permits cannot be shared, regardless of the relationship of the individuals. Vehicles in violation are subject to citations, towing at owner's expense, and/or impoundment.
1. I received a parking citation. What do I do?
You must pay the citation at the Auxiliary Services Business Office or online. You have the right to appeal the citation online within 25 calendar days of the citation issue date. To pay a citation or file an appeal online, go to the Parking and Transportation Services Web site and select the eParking link.
2. How do I appeal a citation?
The easiest way to appeal a citation is by submitting an online appeal at http://parking.towson.edu. The appeal must be submitted within 25 calendar days of the date of the citation issuance. Verbal appeals are not accepted at the Parking and Transportation office.
3. What can I do if I disagree with the appeal decision?
All appeal decisions are final. The appeal procedures may be reviewed on the Parking and Transportation Services website by selecting the policies and regulations link.
4. What happens if I receive more than one citation?
Each citation must be paid. If an individual continuously receives citations within a short period of time and they remain unpaid, then the individual will lose his or her parking privileges on campus.
5. How is the amount for citation fees determined?
Citation fees are reviewed and approved by the University President’s Council.
6. If I receive a parking citation and have a valid parking permit, do I have to pay the fine?
Individuals with valid parking permits who receive a citation should notify Parking Services in writing by filing an appeal online. The appeal will be investigated, and if your permit was purchased before the citation was issued, it may be downgraded or converted to improper parking if you were parked in an area that is not valid for your permit type.
7. Are the parking citations real? Why should I follow the parking regulations?
Citations issued by Towson University are written under the Maryland Uniform Citation Code and carry the weight and importance of citations issued by any law enforcement agency in the state of Maryland. Parking regulations are in effect to maintain a safe environment and to ensure efficient use of resources. Vehicles will be towed if five or more citations have been issued. This rule is applicable to paid or unpaid citations.
1. How are the shuttle bus schedules determined?
The shuttle bus schedules are based on demand for the service during peak class times.
2. Where can I find a bus schedule?
On and off-campus shuttle bus schedules are posted at each bus stop shelter, on the website, and are available at the Parking and Transportation Department located in the Union garage on the ground level across from the University Union. Click here to view the schedules.
3. Why does only one off-campus shuttle service operate on weekends?
Off-campus shuttles provide alternative transportation to and from class or work at Towson University. The Tiger Route operates on the weekend and provides limited on and off-campus service to some of the off-campus stops.
1. What is the Alternative Transportation Program?
The Alternative Transportation Program offers TU members cost-effective and environmentally friendly transportation options. The program includes off-campus shuttle service, a public transit subsidy, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, and carpooling. The university has also partnered with Zipcar. Zipcar is a car sharing service that provides wheels when you need them. For details, go to www.zipcar.com/towson.
2. Can I receive a discount on my permit if my vehicle gets better gas mileage than a hybrid vehicle?
Towson University is only offering permit discounts to hybrid drivers. Hybrid vehicles demonstrate a commitment to the environement because they are not only gas efficient, but they also have lower greenhouse gas emissions.
3. It costs more to purchase a hybrid. I can’t afford a hybrid, so why can't I get a discount? Those who can afford a hybrid can afford the higher permit rate. Why should I purchase a hybrid to get the permit discount?
Purchasing a hybrid requires an initial investment. It provides owners significant cost savings over the life cycle of the car. The increased efficiency in gas associated with hybrid vehicles can add up to $3,000 a year in cost savings, depending on the type of car you currently drive. When compounded over the life cycle of the car, this cost savings far surpasses the initial investment made.
4. Is a discount offered to those who carpool?
A permit discount is not offered; however, carpoolers can take advantage of the incentives offered to registered members of the Alternative Transportation Program. The incentives include four free parking passes per semester and free enrollment in the Guaranteed Ride Home program.
Parking and Transportation Services
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