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Parking and Transportation Yearly Overview


HOUSING STUDENTS - STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

CHANGES FOR 2020-2021

  • Half of Kentucky Street Lot will be zoned Housing Premium H3. 
  • Chestnut Street South Lot will be zoned Commuter, Faculty/Staff, and OZ (Overflow zone).
  • The OZ (Overflow Zone) in Chestnut Street South is being expanded.
  • Parking Structure 3 is now zoned H5. 
  • Due to the construction of the Freshmen Village Project, Pearce Ford Lot remains is closed. 

PERMIT OPTIONS

  • Gated Permit: 
    • AH:  Alumni Square Garage 24/7 access - $275/year
  • Premium Housing (H1-H4) - $245/year
    • H1:  Levels 4-7 of Parking Structure 1
    • H2:  Minton Lot
    • H3:  Kentucky Street Lot
    • H4:  Poland Lot and Avenue of Champions
  • Non-Premium Housing (H5-HU) - $125/year
    • H5:  Parking Structure 3
    • H6:  Adams Street Lot and Kentucky Street Apt. Alley Lot
    • H8:  Normal Street South Lot
    • H9:  Creason Lot
    • HU:  University Blvd Lot.
  • South Campus Housing (SC) - $50/year
    • Storage parking 2 miles south of main campus

CARLESS PROGRAM – For residents who choose to leave their cars at home

  • Students enrolled in the Carless program receive discounts on transportation services provided, such as free access to GObg public transit and rebates for the discounted aiport shuttle to the Nashville International Airport (BNA).   

COMMUTERS - STUDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

CHANGES FOR 2020-2021

  • A portion of Chestnut Street South Lot will now be zoned Commuter Non-Premium C3.
  • Kentucky Street Lot will no longer be zoned for Commuter parking.
  • Parking Structure 3 will be zoned C5.
  • OZ (Overflow Zone) parking is being expanded in the Chestnut Street South Lot.
  • If you currently have a Park Mobile Permit (PM), it will not expire. PM permits are renewable each year.   

PERMIT OPTIONS

  • Gated Permits: 
    • Alumni Square Garage (AS:  24/7 access) - $275/year
    • Alumni Square Garage (AC:  6:00 AM - 9:00 PM weekdays) - $225 / year
    • Health Sciences (HS) - $135/year
      • For parking at The WKU Medical Center Gated Lot at the Medical Center Complex downtown
      • Must be enrolled in Nursing School or DPT program.
  • Premium Permits - $245/year
    • C1:  Parking Structure 2
    • C2:  Chestnut Street North
  • Non-Premium Permits - $125/year
    • C3:  Chestnut Street South Lot
    • C4:  Park Street Lot (located on Park Street between Cabell Street and 14th Avenue)
    • C5:  Parking Structure 3
  • Park and Ride Permits - $50/year
    • C6:  Russellville Road West Park and Ride
    • C7:  Campbell Lane / South Campus Park and Ride
      • Campbell Lane and South Campus lots served by the Hilltopper Route every 15 minutes during peak service.
  • Parking Reservations - $10 initial permit fee plus reservation fees for each use
    • PM:  Park Mobile
      • The PM permit is valid only in the location, date, and time purchased through the ParkMobile website (wku.pmreserve.com).

FACULTY / STAFF - EMPLOYEES OF THE UNIVERSITY

CHANGES FOR 2020-2021

  • Faculty / Staff FS3 parking will be expanded in the Chestnut Street North Lot.

PERMIT OPTIONS

  • Reserved Parking (R) - $730/year
  • Gated Permits:
    • GH:  Gated Hilltop Lot - $450/year
    • AS:  Alumni Square Garage 24/7 access - $275/year
    • HS:  Health Sciences  - $135/year
      • For parking in WKU Medical Center gated lot located at the Medical Center Complex downtown
      • Must be associated with Nursing School or DPT program.
  • Premium Permits - $245/year
    • FS1:  The "Hill" and Mimosa Lot
    • FS2:  Lots near Diddle Arena and South Lawn
  • Non-Premium Faculty / Staff Permit - $115/year
    • FS3:  Perimeter faculty/staff parking lots
  • Park and Ride Permit - $50 / year
    • C7:  Campbell Lane / South Campus Park and Ride
      • Campbell Lane and South Campus lots served by the Hilltopper Route every 15 minutes during peak service.
  • Parking Reservations - $10 initial permit fee plus reservation fees for each use
    • Parking fees are based on the lot you choose. 
    • The PM permit is valid only in the location, date, and time purchased through the ParkMobile website (wku.pmreserve.com).

PUBLIC PARKING

  • Public Pay Lots – Four public parking lots are available on campus; Alumni Square Garage, Chestnut Street North Lot, Regents Pay Lot, Diddle South Lot. 
  • Meters – Meters are distributed throughout campus for short term parking.  Meter fees will be $0.50 for 15 minutes. 
  • Visitor Permits – Visitor permits are available at the PTS office for $2/day.
  • South Campus – Free parking for visitors is available at Campbell Lane.  Check in required at the PTS office.
  • Park Mobile Permit (PM) - use the Park Mobile reservation website (wku.pmreserve.com) to make a parking reservation by date and location.

TOPPER TRANSIT

TRANSIT ROUTES OVERVIEW

  • College Heights Route– Weekday service that travels between Main and South Campus.  It covers the west part of Main Campus, traveling up and down College Heights Blvd and Aveune of Champions.  Creason.  Hours of Service:  7:15AM - 9:00PM Monday - Thursday and 7:15AM - 6:00PM Friday.
  • WKU Spirit Route – Weekday service that connects Main Campus with Russellville Road West Park and Ride Lot.  It also serves Chestnut Street South Lot, Park Street Lot, to Main Campus.  It also serves Kentucky Street to Main Campus to North Chestnut Lot.  Hours of Service:  7:15AM - 9:15PM Monday - Thursday and 7:15AM - 6:00PM Friday. 
  • Shopping Shuttle – connects Main Campus with South Campus and off-campus shopping centers.  Hours of Service:  4:00PM - 8:30PM on Saturdays.
  • Topper Taxi Service:  On-demand van service that includes Main and South Campus.  Download the TapRide app to request a ride.  Hours of Service:  6:00PM - 11:00PM Sundays; 9:00PM - 11PM Monday - Thursday; and 6:00PM - 9:00 PM on Fridays.
  • NextBus – Use NextBus to track when the next bus will arrive at your bus stop.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Disability Parking – A WKU disability parking permit is required to park in disability spaces on the WKU campus.  Disability parking permits are issued at the PTS office.
  • ADA Paratransit Service – Curb to curb service for faculty, staff and students with disabilities.   Download the TapRide app for service.  For more information on TapRide, visit www.tapridemobile.com
  • GObg – PTS sells semester passes for GObg, Bowling Green’s Public Transit system
  • Motorcycle Parking – Motorcycles and scooters must be registered with PT.
  • Bicycle Parking – Bicycles must be parked at designated bike racks

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 Last Modified 7/9/20