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2021-22 parking permits: On-sale dates, weighing your parking options, helpful reminders

From: Virginia Tech Transportation Services

Parking permits for the 2021-22 academic year will go on sale the following dates:

  • July 26, 2021: Faculty/staff parking permits go on sale. This includes Annual, Semester, Evenings Only, and Remote. Permits will be mailed beginning Aug. 9, 2021.
  • Aug. 6, 2021: Student permits go on sale (Perry Street; graduate students - regular "G" permits).
  • Aug. 9, 2021: Student permits go on sale (Commuter; Residential; all other permits).

Current permits for 2020-21 expire Aug. 31, 2021. Annual permits are valid from the time of purchase until Aug. 31, 2022.

Permits can be purchased online or in person at 505 Beamer Way. If you are a student or employee, please login with your PID and password using 2-Factor Authentication. If you do not have a PID, or need additional help with the 2-Factor Authentication process, contact 4HELP at 540-231-4357.

Weighing your parking options

If you have been taking classes or working remotely and will be in-person on campus this coming fall, here is some helpful parking information.

Quick permit breakdowns:

  • Break-even point for purchasing an annual permit: Approximately 63 days on campus.
  • 1 day a week on campus: Purchasing hourly or daily parking through ParkMobile or a daily permit online or at Parking Services is your best bet.
  • 5 days/a month or fewer on campus/less than 3 hours a day/a few days a month: Paying for daily parking or by the hour is your best bet. The daily permit is $6 and can be purchased online, at the Parking Services office, or through ParkMobile. Hourly permits can also be purchased through ParkMobile.
  • 6 or more days a month: The break-even point for purchasing an annual permit is 63 days on campus or around 6 days a month. The Monthly permit ($33), Quarterly permit ($95), or Annual permit ($375) could all be good options.

Parking on the Blacksburg campus is enforced Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. All who park on campus will need to display a parking permit, use the ParkMobile app, purchase a daily parking permit, or park at a meter.

  • Parking Services implemented the enforcement change in August 2020 to more effectively manage parking for the growing population of permit holders who engage in university activities after traditional business hours. This could include attending classes (a large number of which end at 10 p.m.), leading instruction, conducting research, attending university-sponsored events and meetings, and more. 

  • Equitable parking: The unprecedented construction taking place on the Blacksburg campus and expected enrollment growth also make it imperative to safeguard our finite parking resources and to ensure these resources are equitable so that those who have paid for on-campus parking are able to access it - throughout the day and as more activity occurs after 5 p.m.

    Prior to FY21, the burden of generating this revenue fell solely on students and employee permit holders choosing to park a vehicle between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. – while visitors and non-permit holders were able to park free of charge during the day and in the evenings.

    By charging everyone that utilizes our services (parks on campus,) Parking Services can strive to keep parking costs down for all and our services as equitable as possible.

  • Parking is an auxiliary service: Virginia law requires that auxiliary services like Parking Services be fully-self funded and sustainable (no tuition, mandatory student fees, or state funds may go to its operations). Building additional parking structures on campus, conducting necessary repairs, installing lights, and ensuring restrictions are enforced are all important elements of parking operations.

At this time we do not have plans to do so based on a variety of factors.

Each day, approximately 1,500 parking spaces remain available in the Chicken Hill Duck Pond Lots. Anyone with a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can park here. We continue to work closely with Blacksburg Transit to bolster shuttle options and timing to these lots, offering more connectivity to the main parts of campus.

Parking Services is 100 percent self-supported and does not receive any funds from the university. The revenue generated from the sale of permits and the collection of parking fines goes toward the cost of maintaining parking on campus, including the cost of the two parking garages on campus.

If there were additional parking spaces built on campus, they would need to be paid for with permit rate increases to offset the costs.

Yes, Virginia Tech will be offering a prorated permit refund schedule. The refund schedule will be included in the 2021-22 Parking Manual which will be posted on the parking.vt.edu homepage mid-late summer 2021.

Alternative Transportation commuting is a great option for getting to and from campus. Click here to learn more.

Have a parking question? Email parking@vt.edu or call 540-231-3200 for assistance.

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