Figuring out your transportation needs
- 1. Assess your needs
- 2. Activate NetID
- 3. Apply for parking
- 4. Arrange temporary transportation
- 5. Accept parking
Explore the links above for possible parking and transportation options.
If biking, busing, and walking can’t always meet your needs, there are various kinds of parking permits available to UW, UW affiliate and UW Health employees. The primary permit types are annual base lot (“daily” parking), Flex (pay-per-use parking), park and ride, carpool, or afternoon/night permits. Determine what your general work schedule will be and compare it with the types of permits available. Visit the permit types page for information on each permit.
Choose your commute: a parking permit, an alternative option, or combine options!
If you plan on driving: please keep in mind parking on campus is very limited. However, each year 94% of applicants receive an offer for either their first or second parking lot choice.
How parking works at UW:
- You have to apply for annual base lot, Flex, and park and ride parking permits.
- Parking permit offers are based on availability and are not guaranteed. Offers are made about every two weeks.
- Afternoon, night, motorcycle and moped permits can be purchased directly online. (You need a NetID to make purchases, see the “Activate your NetID” tab.)
Need help figuring out the finer details of your transportation options? Commuter Solutions is here to help! Fill out the custom route planning request form to receive transportation info customized to you.
UW and UW affiliate employees: UW Transportation Services applications and purchases require a NetID and password. Information on managing your NetID and password is on the DoIT NetID webpage.
UW Health employees: Visit the Health Sciences Parking website for parking application information, restrictions, and links to apply for parking.
Health Sciences includes: School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, State Lab of Hygiene, UW Medical Foundation, University Health Services, UW Hospital and Clinics, UW Medical Foundation.
1. Be sure your NetID is activated–see previous tab for details.
2. Take a look at the campus parking maps to see what lots are closest to your work location. Write down a list of four potential lots nearby.
3. For annual parking (base lot, Flex, park and ride), contact your unit transportation coordinator (UTC) to be entered into the permit application system (PAS). Get to know your UTC—UTCs are a key resource as you navigate parking and transportation on campus. Your UTC does not apply for your parking—you are responsible for applying once your UTC has confirmed your entry into PAS.
UW and UW affiliate employees: Find your UTC
UW Health employees: The Health Sciences Unit Transportation Coordinator (UTC) is available at (608) 263-7943 or email@example.com.
Reminder: Afternoon, night and moped permits, bus passes, bicycle cage access and bicycle locker keys do not require UTC clearance; they are available for purchase directly through the Transportation Services eBusiness platform.
You can apply for annual parking once your UTC has entered your information. Apply by logging into PAS and completing the online parking application. Detailed directions on how to apply are on the permit types and information page.
Application Info Permit purchases
UW Health employees: The same information above applies to you. Visit the Health Sciences Parking website for more information tailored to your unit and a list of frequently asked questions.
If you’re interested in an annual parking permit (base lot, Flex, park and ride), we suggest making a temporary commuting plan until your secure a parking permit. Parking permit offers are based on availability and are not guaranteed. Offers are made about every two weeks.
Temporary transportation options include:
- Visitor/temporary parking permits – check availability with Customer Service
- Visitor parking (hourly) in a campus garage/ramp
- Madison Metro (bus) – plan your route with Google Maps – be sure to adjust the departure/arrival time to match your commute schedule. Consider making the bus a part of your regular commute, too!
Permit offers are sent approximately every two weeks. Not every applicant receives an offer in a given assignment period. You will remain on the waitlist until you receive an offer via email. If/when you receive an offer, accept and purchase it on the eBusiness platform by the noted deadline.
Detailed application, purchasing, and pick-up information can be found on the permit types and permit information page. This includes pick-up information for bus passes and bike locker keys.