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New Parking System – Employees
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Boston University’s Charles River Campus is getting a parking system upgrade. The new “License Plate Recognition”-based system will use license plate reading cameras to grant or deny access to major lots and garages. Some people won’t even need to display a parking permit at all anymore!
- Your BU ID is your backup credential if the system is unable to read your license plate. You may need to “tap” it on the kiosk to enter or exit. BU IDs that have not been replaced since 2012 do not have proximity capability and should be replaced in order to be used as a secondary credential for entry or exit.
- Make sure your information is correct. The new system may not allow you to park if your license plate information on file with PTS is incorrect or out-of-date. Take care when entering license plate information and be sure to email us if there are changes to your vehicle’s information.
- Having trouble entering or exiting a lot? Press the “assistance” button on the kiosk and someone will get you on your way.
- For employees with active Green, Off-Peak Green, Yellow, Brown, or White Permits, no action is required. These permits will continue to function provided the license plate information on file with PTS is correct.
Please select a parking option before the system goes live on August 10th. Most BU employees who wish to park on campus will choose the DAILY PARKING PROGRAM, a GREEN PARKING PERMIT, a CARPOOL PERMIT, or a MOTORCYCLE PERMIT.
DAILY PARKING PROGRAM (NEW!)
Best for those who intend to drive occasionally, particularly MBTA users
- Pay $8/day only for the days you park
- Automated, secure payment via credit card on file
- Remain eligible for subsidized MBTA benefits
- Convenient parking in six gated garages and lots
- Replaces Red (Pay-on-Entry) Permits
- Only allows one vehicle license plate to be listed. When driving secondary vehicles, employee must use BU ID for entry/exit.
- No need to display a permit
- Subject to availability
How to sign up for the Daily Parking Program:
...if you hold an active Green, Off-Peak Green or White Permit
...if you had a 2019-2020 Red (pay-on-entry) Permit
GREEN PARKING PERMIT
For the frequent driver who prefers more parking location options
- $40/week paid via pre-tax payroll deduction
- Access to all Faculty/Staff lots and garages plus alley spaces
- Allows for listing of multiple license plates (but only one vehicle may park on campus at a time)
- Parking Permit must be displayed
How to sign up for a Green Permit:
...if you still have your physical permit and it’s still active
...if you suspended your permit due to COVID-19
Reinstate your Green Permit by filling out a Transportation Request Form. Display your permit when parking.
...if you need a new permit (either because you returned yours prior to COVID-19 or never had one in 2019-2020)
CARPOOL PARKING PERMIT
Drive with a colleague and save
- $20/week for discount-eligible carpools paid via evenly-split pre-tax payroll deduction
- $40/week for non-discounted carpools paid via evenly-split pre-tax payroll deduction
- Use GoMassCommute to find neighboring colleagues looking to carpool
- Carpools may use all Faculty/Staff lots and garages plus alley spaces OR request a reserved space on West Campus
- Parking Permit must be displayed
- Restrictions apply
How to sign up for a Carpool Permit: email email@example.com
MOTORCYCLE PARKING PERMIT
Affordable and convenient
- $11/week paid via pre-tax payroll deduction
- Access to most Faculty/Staff lots and garages plus alley spaces
- BU ID will be required to enter gated lots and garages (system does not read rear license plates)
- Parking Permit sticker must be displayed
How to sign up for a Motorcycle Permit: Fill out a Manual Parking Application