Wondering why parking costs what it does? Curious as to where UW Transportation Services invests the money it takes in? Below is a snapshot of the programs and campus improvements that Transportation Services funds. For more information, submit a question via the feedback page.
One of the highlighted goals of the Campus Master Plan is to create more ramp parking in order to free up land for future development. While spatially efficient, these ramps are expensive to construct—a single stall can easily cost more than $55,000! Due to financial and spatial limitations, the university has capped the number of stalls on campus at 13,000. With 60,000 people at UW-Madison, clearly not everyone can drive alone. This brings us to a second expense, UW Commuter Solutions.
UW Commuter Solutions
All employees and students who choose not to drive alone to work are greatly valued by UW Transportation Services. This includes people who vanpool, carpool, bus, bike, walk, and/or use a park and ride. By reducing the overall demand for parking, they enable us to meet our charge to cap parking.
Many commuter solutions are available for faculty, staff, and students to encourage use of alternative transportation methods. These solutions include the campus bus and discounted employee bus passes, cost sharing through carpools and vanpools, comprehensive assistance and route planning for any mode(s) of alternative transportation, and more. While these programs do not generate revenue, they enable us to avoid costs by reducing the demand for parking.
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