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Task force receiving comments on proposed parking rate and fine increases

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Parking and Transportation Task Force is receiving public comment regarding a proposed parking rate increase on annual and daily parking permits, hourly rates, and parking fines that, if implemented, will take effect July 1, 2020 for the Pullman campus. Please visit the Proposed Parking Rate webpage for details regarding proposed rates.

The proposal would provide funds for capital projects addressing maintenance and repairs for Pullman campus parking garages and surface parking lots. Similar rate increases could be proposed in following years in order to maintain facilities in a state of good repair, subject to annual Task Force review and administrative approvals.

Capital maintenance and repair projects include parking garage repairs of $230,000 in 2020-21 fiscal year with additional required structural and mechanical repairs and maintenance of $3.2 million over the following six years; and surface parking lot pavement maintenance of $529,000 for 2020-21 with additional required repairs and maintenance of $4.8 million over the following eight years.

Although parking permit rates increased in 2019-20, there were no increases in permit rates in 2016-17, 2017-18 or 2018-19. However, certain permit holders were affected by several zone changes in 2017-18. Hourly rates have not increased since 2011-12.

Transportation Services is a self-supported auxiliary and does not receive federal, state, grant or tuition funding. Revenue for capital projects, maintenance, and operations comes solely from parking fees and fines. Transportation Services is tasked with financing, managing and maintaining parking facilities as well as facilitating and promoting transportation options on the WSU Pullman campus.

The main objective of the Task Force is to have an established internal review process that provides WSU with a campus wide perspective and broad representation on parking and transportation issues.

The Washington State University Parking and Transportation Task Force is receiving public comment regarding the proposal. The review and comment period will be open through Feb. 17, 2020. The Task Force will review and consider comments regarding these proposed changes. Comments can be submitted via email at

Parking patrons are encouraged to consider alternatives to driving alone such as biking, walking, transit, carpooling, etc. For more information and personal assistance regarding alternatives, check out the Coug Commute Advisor program.

Media contact: John Shaheen, Transportation Services, (509) 335-7275,

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