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CSUSB to Raise Monthly Parking Fees, Daily Rates Hold

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Monthly parking rates for Cal State San Bernardino administration and students will be increased for 2011-2012, but daily parking rates will remain at $5 per day and a new hourly rate will be added for university visitors who are on campus for a brief time.

Monthly parking rates for administration and students will increase from $28 per month to $34 in 2011-2012. Student parking permits are issued on a quarterly – or three-month – basis. The new rates will go into effect July 1.

CSUSB’s parking lot H and the west parking structure have been designated as “value parking lots,” where the current monthly rate of $28 will remain in effect. “Value” permits will only be valid in those two parking areas and will only be available online on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, the university will add premium reserved parking spaces in various areas around campus. The reserved spaces will be made available to CSUSB students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Details of the program are not yet available, but will be announced once the premium spaces have been determined.

New hourly parking permits priced at $2 per hour will be available at any one of the campus information centers or any of the 14 parking dispensers at Cal State San Bernardino and at CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus.

“We hate to have to increase parking fees, but we need to take this step to continue to maintain our parking lots and structures, and to meet our debt service requirements,” said Robert Gardner, CSUSB vice president of administration and finance.

Because of decreased state funding in recent years, the university has been forced to reduce enrollment, which has resulted in the sale of fewer parking permits, which support parking-related costs, including lot maintenance and the university’s debt payments following the construction of two parking structures in 2008.

“Our rates are still comparable to other campuses in the California State University system,” Gardner said.

“We’re also excited to be able to offer many more options for people parking on campus, including a less expensive hourly rate for short-time visitors, who previously had to pay the full daily rate for any stay longer than 30 minutes. And we look forward to offering reserved spaces in the future for those who want to park in a designated premium location every day.”

Cal State San Bernardino has actively promoted alternative transportation options and has provided discounted Metrolink tickets to students and other incentives for ridesharing. CSUSB has a stop on the OmniTrans bus route, and the future sbX E Street Corridor express bus service will have a station at the campus. As part of a pilot program for next year, Cal State San Bernardino students will be able to ride the OmniTrans buses free when showing their Coyote One Card I.D.

Parking permits are required at CSUSB 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, contact the university’s Parking Services office at (909) 537-5912 or the CSUSB Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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