The Occasional Parking Program (OPP) is available to full-time and part-time Washington University Danforth faculty and staff, graduate students and eligible Basic Service Contractors who don’t have another parking permit and only occasionally require campus parking. ParkSmart permit holders are not eligible for OPP.
Permits will be preloaded with a set number of hours based on the level you select from the options below.
*OPP participants pay only half the rate as the general parker, the hours and day are listed only to show how the system calculates your time.
|Level||Hours of Parking||Full Days Equiva- lent||Cost||Eligible||Available for purchase||Payment Options|
|1||80||8||$36.00||Part-time and Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||August 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019||Cash
No Payroll Deduction or Student Billing
|2||240||24||$108.00||Part-time and Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||August 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019 (full-time)
August 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2109 (part-time)
No Payroll Deduction
|3||360||36||$162.00||Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||August 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2019||Cash
Wash U Payroll Deduction (two (2) payments)
|4||480||48||$216.00||Full-time employees, graduate students and eligible BSCs||August 1, 2018 – Oct. 31, 2018||Cash
Wash U Payroll Deduction (three (3) payments)
Hours will be deducted from your permit based on the chart below for the time you park between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
|Hours Parked||Hours Deducted from Permit|
|0-2 hours||2 hours deducted|
|2-4 hours||4 hours deducted|
|4-6 hours||6 hours deducted|
|6-10 hours||10 hours deducted|
Each permit, which is tied to an assigned zone, will be pre-loaded with the number of hours designated by level. Time will be deducted from your permit based on the time intervals in the chart above for the time you park between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Any time outside of those hours or on a Saturday or Sunday will not be deducted from your permit. Permit holders will be able to park more days than indicated in the chart if they do not need full day parking. The permit and any remaining time will expire on July 31, 2019, and any unused time may not be rolled over to the next permit year.
Once the allotted time is used, participants can buy additional time; however, purchases cannot exceed 480 hours (level 4) per year. You will have one month to try the program and can return the permit if it is not a right fit. At that time, you will be refunded the remaining balance and can select a different parking option, subject to availability. After the one-month trail, regardless of how much time is used, you will only be able to buy a ParkSmart permit or pay the public parking rates for the remainder of the permit year; you may not buy any other annual or monthly permit after the one-month trail.
Buying More Hours – Examples
Full-time employee or graduate student Occasional Parking Program participants who purchase Level 1 or Level 2 are eligible for a one-time upgrade to Level 3 or Level 4 for a $15 fee plus the increased cost of the permit. For example, if you purchase Level 1 on Sept. 1 and decide to upgrade to Level 3 on Nov. 1, your cost would be $141 ($15 fee plus $126 increased permit cost). The $15 fee would need to be paid by cash, check or credit card, but you would have the option to have the $126 payroll deducted in 2 payments. This would be based on the availability of the permits.
Part-time employee or graduate student Occasional Parking Program participants who purchase Level 1 are eligible for a one-time upgrade to Level 2 for a $15 fee plus the increased cost of the permit. The total due would be $87 ($15 fee; $72 increased permit cost). The total would have to be paid by cash, check or credit card. Payroll deduction is not an option and this option is not available after Jan. 31, 2019.
Using Your Occasional Parking Permits
How you park will depend on if you park in a garage (Zone 2, Zone 3, and West Campus) or on a surface lot (North Campus and South 40).
Occasional Parking Program in Zone 2 (Danforth Underground Garage), Zone 3 (Millbrook Garage and Snow Way Garage) and the West Campus Garage:
These Occasional Parking Program permits are now only valid in yellow spaces (i.e., non-visitor, non-red, non-reserved spaces) in the garage(s) in your assigned zone. The Occasional Parking Program Permits are embedded with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and are programmed specifically for each parking zone and level. The garage technology will automatically recognize your RFID-enabled permit to activate the gate arm to allow access to the garage/s within your assigned zone
The permit also functions as a virtual wallet. It is loaded with the equivalent amount of hours that you are eligible to park based on the level you choose. As you exit the garage, your permit will automatically trigger the gate arm to open and will also automatically deduct the time of your parking session in 2-hour intervals from your total allotment. As you exit the garage, your virtual wallet’s balance will display on the exit machine’s digital screen.
Occasional Parking Program in Zone 4 (Wallace Garage) and North Campus:
These participants will park in the Passport Parking visitor spaces. Passport Parking allows visitors to pay for parking via an app or online. The team is working on a plan that will allow these members to park in the visitor spaces on the surface lot(s) in their zone. These details will be shared via email once details are finalized.
Misuse of the Program
Occasional Parking Program members are prohibited from purchasing an annual parking permit (besides a motorcycle permit) while enrolled in the program. OPP Permits are nontransferable and are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.
Failure to comply with the program guidelines will result in immediate membership termination and prevention from enrolling in future programs through the Office of Parking & Transportation Services.