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Parking and Transportation Yearly Overview


HOUSING STUDENTS - STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

CHANGES FOR 2021-2022

  • With the completion of Normal Hall and Regents Hall, two new parking lots are open.  The Normal Hall Lot and the Regents Hall Lot will be zoned Premium Housing (H3). 
  • Chestnut Street South Lot will be zoned Non-Premium Housing (H7), Faculty/Staff, and Overflow Zone (OZ).
  • Kentucky Street is now zoned Commuter and Faculty/Staff.
  • Expanded public parking options in Hilltop Lot and the New Normal Hall Lot.
  • Parking Structure 3 is now zoned Non-Premium Housing (H5).

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:  Normal Hall Lot and Regents Hall 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
    • H7:  Chestnut Street South 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 in the Fall semester receive discounts on transportation services provided, such as free access to GObg public transit and rebates for the discounted airport shuttle to the Nashville International Airport (BNA).   

COMMUTERS - STUDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

CHANGES FOR 2021-2022

  • Kentucky Street Lot is now zoned Non-Premium Commuter (C3) and Faculty/Staff.
  • Chestnut Street South Lot is now zoned Housing, Faculty/Staff and Overflow Zone (OZ).
  • Russellville Road West Lot is now zoned Commuter Park and Ride (C6). 
  • Expanded public parking options in Hilltop Lot and the new Normal Hall Lot. 
  • Parking Structure 3 will be zoned Non-Premium Commuter (C5). 
  • If you currently have a ParkMobile Permit 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:  Kentucky Street Lot
    • C4:  Park Street Lot
    • C5:  Parking Structure 3
  • Park and Ride Permits - $50/year
    • C6:  Russellville Road West Lot - served by the Campus Circulator Route every 10 minutes during peak service. 
    • C7:  Campbell Lane / South Campus Park and Ride
      • Campbell Lane and South Campus lots served by the South Campus Route every 16 minutes during peak service.
  • Parking Reservations - $10 initial permit fee plus reservation fees for each use
    • PM:  ParkMobile Permit
      • The PM permit is valid only in the location and date purchased through the ParkMobile website (wku.pmreserve.com).

FACULTY / STAFF - EMPLOYEES OF THE UNIVERSITY

CHANGES FOR 2021-2022

  • Due to construction on top of the Hill, Gated Hilltop Lot will be converted to a FS1 Premium Faculty/Staff lot and the gate will be removed.
  • Chestnut Street South is now zoned Housing, Overflow Zone (OZ), and Non-Premium Faculty/Staff (FS3).  Please note, Faculty/Staff permits are not honored in the Housing section. 
  • Kentucky Street Lot is now zoned Commuter and Non-Premium Faculty/Staff (FS3).
  • Expanded public parking options in the Hilltop Lot and the new Normal Hall Lot.
  • If you currently have a ParkMobile Permit (PM), it will not expire.  PM permits are renewable each year. 

PERMIT OPTIONS

  • Reserved Parking (R) - $730/year
  • Gated Permits:
    • 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:  Hilltop Lot, Mimosa Lot, the Hill, and faculty/staff lots off Normal Street.
    • FS2:  Lots around Diddle Arena and South Lawn Lot
  • 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 South Campus Route  every 16 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 and date time purchased through the ParkMobile website (wku.pmreserve.com).

PUBLIC PARKING

  • Public Pay Lots – Seven public parking lots are available on campus:  Alumni Square Garage, Chestnut Street North Lot, Regents Pay Lot, Diddle South Lot, Pearce Ford Tower Loop, Hilltop Lot, and Normal Hall 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.
  • ParkMobile 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

  • Campus Circulator – Serves Russellville Road West Lot, Parking Structure 3, The Valley, Academic Corridor, DSU, and Keen Hall.  7:30AM - 6:00PM Mon - Fri.
  • South Campus Route – Serves South Campus, Campus Flats, Academic Corridor, and Park Street Lot.  7:15AM - 6:00PM Mon - Fri.
  •  Kentucky Street Route Serves Parking Structure 3, Academic Corridor, The Valley, Kentucky Street Apartments, and The Columns.  7:25AM - 6:00PM Mon - Fri.
  • Shopping Shuttle – connects Main Campus with South Campus and off-campus shopping centers.  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.  For more information, contact PTS.
  • GObg – PTS sells semester passes for GObg, Bowling Green’s Public Transit system.
  • Motorcycle Parking – Motorcycles and scooters must be registered with PTS.
  • Bicycle Parking – Bicycles must be parked at designated bike racks.

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 Last Modified 8/3/21