The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is proposing its first parking rate increase in eight years, and just the second in 20 years, to help make essential improvements to the aging parking facilities on campus. The proposed increase will help to extend the life of the current parking facilities for at least 20 more years and also ensure that our self-funded commuter services program can keep pace with inflation, including dramatically increased fringe benefit costs and ongoing maintenance needs. To minimize the impact of this painful but necessary action, the proposed rate increases would be implemented over a six-year period starting in fall 2019.
Two open houses will be held to provide information on the proposed rate increases, the improvements they would support, and to provide information on other commuter services available for the campus community. They will be held at the Campus Center Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 30 and September 18. Commuter Services staff will be available to answer questions. Information is also available at Commuter Services, or send questions to email@example.com.
The new rate structure creates three tiers of permit parking:
The parking rate increase will fund a $35 million bond issuance for improvements and repairs to campus parking facilities to extend their life for at least another twenty years. These improvements will be implemented in three phases over the next several years:
Even considering the proposed new parking rate schedule, parking at UH Mānoa is still a good value when compared with commercial off-campus parking sites.
The Administration plans to ask the UH Board of Regents (BOR) to consider the rate increase in committee on October 3 in room 105 of the Information Technology Building on the Mānoa campus—details to be announced. The campus community will be welcome to submit testimony at firstname.lastname@example.org or to testify in person. If approved, the proposal will advance to the full BOR meeting to be held on October 18; also in room 105 of the Information Technology Building. The campus community may submit testimony at the October BOR meeting as well.
Commuter Services, which operates the UH Mānoa parking program, does not receive tuition funds, general funds, or student fees. Revenues from services offered are the sole source of financial support for the program. Commuter Services is responsible for all matters related to commuting to the Mānoa campus including not only the management and care of the parking structure and campus parking lots but also: administering parking permits and enforcement; the Rainbow Shuttle service; bike racks and cages; skateboard racks; bike maintenance facilities; the car share program; and the Biki bike service, which will be launched during the fall 2018 semester.
Commuter Services strives to encourage sustainable modes of transportation while supporting access to campus for all types of commuters. Here are some of the initiatives and services that contribute to these efforts:
Commuter Services is also planning to implement new technologies that will improve customer satisfaction, reduce operational costs, and securely take payment for parking business. These technologies will include upgrading the parking pay stations, implementing a license plate recognition permitting and enforcement system, and mobile payments. These improvements are intended to be implemented starting in fall 2019.