How is the cost of parking determined?

As an auxiliary enterprise, UW Transportation Services does not receive any state funding. We must charge users in order to pay for parking garages and lots, bus service and Federal and State mandated alternative transportation activities. It costs approximately $22 million to provide these services and programs to the campus community. We set our rates in compliance with UW policy to cover only the cost of operating the department, including infrastructure improvements such as new lots and garages.

Where does the money come from?

The majority of the funding (approximately 51%) is generated from permit revenue in parking garages and lots. Special event and visitor parking activities contribute about 38%, and less than 4.5% of our funding comes from parking citations. revenue sources *Information based on Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget.

How is the money we collect spent?

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*Information based on Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget.

Who pays for the Campus Bus Service?

The on-campus Metro bus service is provided at no charge to the users. The cost for this service is shared between Transportation Services, ASM and Housing. The total cost of the bus service is over $1.5 million annually.

For more information about the challenges that face Transportation Services, please see the information boards and presentation from our Fall 2009 Open Forums: