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Graduate Record 2011-2012 
Graduate Record 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Department of Parking and Transportation Services

Department of Parking and Transportation Services

The Department of Parking and Transportation is committed to providing parking for students, employees, patients, visitors, and event patrons while meeting current and future land use needs.  The University Transit Service is dedicated to providing safe, sustainable, and reliable transportation to the U.Va community.

For additional information on any of the following information, please visit the Parking & Transportation (P&T) web site, www.virginia.edu/parking, or call 434-924-7231

I.    Permit Parking 
II.   Parking Enforcement 
III.  Bus Service 
IV.  Disability Services
V.   Alternative Transportation 
            o Bicycles
            o Car Sharing
            o Intercity Transit
VI.  Event Impacts on Permit Parking
VII. Visitor Parking



I. Permit Parking

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A. General Information
Except for first-year undergraduate students, all students may own and/or operate motor vehicles at the University and in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. To park motor vehicles on the University Grounds, a permit must be purchased from the Department of Parking and Transportation Services.

B. Temporary and Occasional Parking Permits
Depending on availability, students may purchase temporary and occasional parking permits to park in certain areas on Grounds. Occasional parking permits provide a parking option for those who normally bike, walk, or carpool to Grounds but need to occasionally use their own vehicle.

C. On-Grounds Students
Depending on availability, students living in on-Grounds student housing may purchase Reserved Parking permits for lots near their residence.  Alternatively, students living on-Grounds may choose to purchase the less expensive storage permit valid in the 4th and 5th floors of the Emmet/Ivy Garage.   

D. Off-Grounds Students
Depending on availability, students living off-Grounds may  purchase Commuter or Reserved parking permits  Prices vary by location.

E. Purchasing a Permit
Students Living On-Grounds may purchase a permit each year beginning in August.  Students Living Off-Grounds may purchase a permit at anytime during the year at the Parking and Transportation Office. 

Please note that Student Permits are not automatically renewed from year-to-year.  All outstanding balances must be paid prior to purchasing or renewing a permit.

F. Vehicle Registration
Individuals may register their own, their spouse’s, or their parent’s vehicle. Parking permits will not be issued for trail bikes, mini-bikes, snowmobiles, cargo trailers, boats, campers, mopeds (under 50cc’s), etc.

G. Motorcycles and Scooters Over 50cc’s
Special “motorcycle only” parking areas have been designated throughout Grounds. A Commuter or Storage permit is required within the motorcycle only areas.
Motorcycles parked in a regular parking space within a parking lot (i.e., a space that either a car or motorcycle could use) are subject to the same permit restrictions as cars.

H. Replacement Permits and Returning Permits
Lost or damaged permits may be replaced by paying a nominal fee. When a vehicle is sold or traded, the permit must be removed because citation liability continues to apply to the original permit holder.

Parking and Transportation will issue refunds for parking permits returned prior to the expiration date of the permit. Refunds are prorated and are not issued for amounts less than $5.00.

Parking Enforcement - Parking permits can be revoked at the discretion of the University if the permit holder has been proven to abuse his/her privilege. Fraudulent misuse and abuse of patient parking or the display of a lost, stolen, or counterfeited permit is punishable by administrative fine and total revocation of parking privilege. Parking permits are the property of the University and may be physically removed from the bearer’s vehicle by U.Va representatives if the permit is not voluntarily returned upon revocation.

Any person anticipating a temporary parking problem regardless of duration should contact Parking and Transportation at (434) 924-7231 in advance to seek possible options. Unless arrangements are made in advance, illegally parked vehicles are subject to citation and/or towing at the owner’s expense.



II. Parking Enforcement

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A. General Information
Parking restrictions are in effect year round, seven days a week.  Signs at the lot entrances denote specific permit restrictions. In many lots, restrictions are in place at all times (designated as “all times” lots) or modified after 3:30 PM or 5:00 PM. Special events (plays, concerts, athletic events, etc.) parking may also modify the availability of parking in certain lots. Check the signs at every entrance/space for exact restrictions.

The Department of Parking and Transportation or the Department of Police may immobilize or remove and put into storage any vehicle in violation of University Parking Regulations.  Costs of such removal and storage are charged against the individual in whose name the car is registered. Towed vehicles may be retrieved by the owners at the appropriate towing company office.

B. Parking Regulations
Current Parking Regulations are listed on the Parking and Transportation website at this address:

C. Appealing a Citation
Any person who has been issued a parking ticket may file for an appeal hearing with the Department of Parking and Transportation provided that no more than fourteen (14) calendar days have elapsed since the issuance of the ticket.

Appeals may be submitted online on the Parking and Transportation website or may be mailed to our Hearings Officer at:
U.Va Department of Parking and Transportation
ATTN: Hearings Officer
P.O. Box 400000
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4000

Please include the citation number, license plate of the vehicle that received the citation, and a mailing address for  Hearing Officer correspondence

The current policy regarding Appeals is available on the Parking and Transportation website at this address:

D. Paying a Citation
Citations may be paid online on the Parking and Transportation website using most major credit cards or may be mailed to the main office at:
 U.Va Department of Parking and Transportation
 P.O. Box 400000
 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4000

When mailing in your payment, please include the bottom portion of the citation with your payment (check or money order). Write the citation number or the license plate number in the memo field of the check or money order. Please do not send cash through the mail.

Citations payments may also be made in person at the Parking and Transportation Office located at 1101 Millmont Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903.  Please bring the citation (or citation number) and license plate number of the vehicle that received the citation.  Cavalier Advantage, cash, check, money order, and most major credit cards are accepted at the main office.


III. Bus Service

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A. General Information
The University Transit Service (UTS) operates several fare-free fixed routes providing transportation throughout Grounds on a year-round basis.  UTS is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Please visit the University Transit Service website to view the current route system.

B. GPS Arrival Predictions
Riders can receive arrival predictions using the HoosWhere GPS system on the Parking and Transportation website, the mobile U.Va website, by phone, or using Bus Finders located at certain bus stops throughout Grounds.  More information about the HoosWhere system is available on the Parking and Transportation website.

C. Charters
UTS offers Charter Services to accommodate the special transportation needs of various academic groups and affiliates of the University of Virginia.  Charter policies, available vehicles, and reservation instructions are listed on the Parking and Transportation website.

D. Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)
University of Virginia students, faculty and staff can ride the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) for free with a valid U.Va ID.  This fare-free program, funded by the University of Virginia, provides access to popular off Grounds locations such as the Fashion Square Mall, Rio Hill Shopping Center, and the Downtown Mall.  Fare-free open ridership does not apply to the CAT Football Shuttle.  Please visit the Charlottesville Transit Service website for routes and schedules:  http://www.charlottesville.org/transit

E. Service Schedules
UTS operates on different levels of service based on the academic, health system, and holiday calendar.  Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for details on the specific service definitions.

F. Student Employment
Students are the primary driving force behind the University Transit Service.  UTS recruits and trains students to earn their CDL license and operate the transit buses in the U.Va fleet.  Once employed, student drivers also have the opportunity to serve on a UTS Committee (Safety, Marketing, Recruiting & Retention, or Public Relations) and operate chartered bus service.

Students who are interested in becoming a bus driver should visit the University Transit Service website or e-mail UTS at drive4uts@virginia.edu


IV. Disability Services

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A. Permit Options
      a. Students with Disabilities
Students with a permanent or temporary physical handicap who hold a U.Va parking permit may submit requests to the Elson Student Health Center for special permits entitling them to reserved parking. In addition, these permits allow parking at meters free of charge, service spaces, and in designated handicapped spaces.
              Elson Student Health Center
              400 Brandon Avenue
              P.O. Box 800760
              Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760
              (434) 924-5362
              E-Mail: studenthealth@virginia.edu
              Website: www.virginia.edu/studenthealth

B. Demand and Response Transportation (DART)
The University Transportation Service Demand and Respond Transportation Service (DART) has been developed with the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs to provide transportation to those who, because of disability, are unable to use the regular fixed route bus service. An application must be completed to establish individual needs and services requirements.  All information disclosed in the application will be held in the strictest confidence.  Those applicants that are approved for DART service should review the DART Riders’ Guidelines available on the Parking and Transportation website prior to scheduling their first transportation service.

C. Event Parking for Those with Disabilities
The Parking and Transportation website provides information for disability parking options for Football games at Scott Stadium and for events at the John Paul Jones Arena.



V. Alternative Transportation

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A. General Information
The Department of Parking and Transportation actively seeks to provide transportation services that are safe, reliable, and convenient while also being sustainable and environmentally responsible.  Parking and Transportation works to educate the U.Va community to existing and available alternative transportation modes available in the greater Charlottesville area.  Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for more information.

B. Bicycling
Cycling is a healthy, convenient, and environmental responsible transportation alternative. There are several designated bike paths, trails, and routes throughout Charlottesville that make it safe and convenient for cyclists.  The Parking and Transportation website features several links to community resources for cycling as well as the U.Va SMART Transportation Map detailing bike routes throughout Grounds.

Students who bring their bikes to Grounds should consider registering their bike with the University Police Department.  If a registered bicycle is lost or stolen, the University Police Department will have the necessary information for a police report and enter in NCIC and VCIN computer systems.  If another police department finds the bicycle anywhere in the USA we will be notified.  Please visit the University Police Department website for more information.

C. Car Sharing
All U.Va students, faculty, and staff over the age of 18 are eligible to apply for membership in the Zipcar car sharing program on Grounds.  Once approved, Zipcar members have access to all of the Zipcars at U.Va, and those members over the age of 21 have access to all Zipcars in the United States and beyond.

Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or by the day.  All reservations include gas, insurance, and 180 miles for every 24 hour reservation.  Each Zipcar is equipped with a gas card for fueling purposes.  Additional information can be found on the Parking and Transportation website.

D. Intercity Transit
Charlottesville is served by several mass transportation service providers, including Amtrak passenger rail service, Greyhound intercity bus transportation, and various airlines at the Charlottesville Airport (CHO).


VI. Event Impacts on Permit Parking

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A. General Information
Due to the parking demand associated with large events at the University, permit holders will be asked to vacate parking lots by a certain time.  Vacate notices will be posted at each parking lot in advance, and will be posted on the Parking and Transportation website.

Common events that require certain lots to be cleared are large events at the John Paul Jones Arena including Men’s Basketball games, Football games at Scott Stadium, select events at Cabell Hall, and large University events such as Final Exercises.  Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for additional information.



VII. Visitor Parking

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Due to limited parking on Grounds during the academic semester, visitors and guests are encouraged to purchase a Temporary Blue Permit to park in the Blue designated parking areas at U-Hall and the John Paul Jones Arena.   Visitors may also pay to park at various meters on Grounds or in the Central Grounds Garage on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for additional information.


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