Campus Approved Parking Plan (2019/2020)

With daily parking occupancy rates in excess of 95%, we cannot move forward without some strategy and program for improvement.  Our goals for the transportation management program are to reduce the congestion on campus, reduce the number of single-occupancy trips to and from the campus and reduce our impact on the environment.  We also recognized that avoiding any parking fee at all was not possible due to 1) budget constraints and 2) the need to create an incentive to some students, staff, and faculty to explore other means of transportation to campus.

The final proposal provided to the President’s Cabinet for approval involved extensive and authentic collaboration among administration, students, staff and faculty representatives.  Since the original proposed plan was shared with the community, the Parking Advisory Group had met several times and had real-time access to the program development and ideas collected and processed by Public Safety & Transportation.  This group included Patrice Young, Cesar Ramos (Staff Council), Ron Ahnen, Bedford Palmer (Faculty Welfare), Monica Fitzgerald, Jennifer Heung (Academic Senate), and Gianna D’Arrigo and Hannah Bailey (Associated Students).

We fully understand that no matter what program is implemented, there will be advantages and disadvantages.  There is no program that will work for every single person and no program is perfect.  The program and fee structure was revised to respond to community concerns.  Public Safety and Transportation is committed to providing a continuous review of the program, transparency regarding the collection and reporting of the new parking fees and results of the new program, and implementing improvements and changes based on need and community feedback.

The full parking fee structure and program can be found as an attachment at the bottom of this page and is linked HERE.  We did want to highlight some specific details of the plan that have been of particular interest to community members.

  • The cost of the original plan was significantly pared down to keep parking fees reasonable.  The originally proposed plan had a flat-fee of $300/year for commuter students and employees and $450/year for residents.  While the new alternative transportation program is greatly reduced, the resulting smaller budget has provided for rates that are significantly lower and that are varied based on need and on salary.  The current “base” rate is $178/year for employees and $119/year for students, but those charges vary.  (The details are attached.)
  • Parking fee rates were graduated to protect lower income employees and students.
  • We recognize that most commuters and residents will not be able to change their transportation means, but they should receive a benefit from their parking fee in the form of less congested parking and being able to leave for short periods of time during the day and return to campus without fear of not finding a parking spot.
  • The positive impact of less congested parking will be greatest on those people who arrive between mid-morning and mid-afternoon, especially students and part-time instructors.
  • In order to minimize parking fees, College expenditures that currently support parking (including parts of Public Safety and Campus Facilities budgets) will not be included in the budget for the transportation programs. The new fees will only fund new items in the program.
  • Incentives to carpool are still in place.
  • A primary feature of the transportation program is subsidized shared-rides using the Lyft ride-hailing service  (see details attached).  The Lyft program also provides employment opportunities for community members. Interested students and employees may be able to augment income by driving for Lyft for some hours, and Lyft plans to hire some non-driver students to help recruit drivers and support its program at SMC.
  • The parking rates for outsourced service employees, such as Sodexo and Able, will be negotiated with those companies. 

In the coming days and weeks, we will be providing information page on this website to address logistical questions regarding the program and fees.  We are thankful for the work and participation of the Parking Advisory Group.

Jane Camarillo
Vice Provost for Student Life

Adán Tejada
Executive Director of Public Safety and Transportation

PDF icon Parking Fee Structure for Fall 201979.84 KB