By: Thomas Lipitz
This is the survival guide to Transit and Parking and some of the services that they offer throughout the University of Wyoming and the city of Laramie. TransPark covers everything from campus parking to Saferide and Dial-a-ride, and this blog will show you how to utilize these services and hopefully avoid getting a parking ticket.
Saferide and Dial-a-Ride
The UW Transit and Parking department runs the program Saferide, which aims to cut down on driving under the influence. This service is free and will pick you up from any specific location that is within the city limits. Saferide operates Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The wait time for Saferide rides on average is no longer than 20 minutes, and the closer to 9 p.m. you call, the shorter the wait time will be. Also, if you do not want to call in, you can use their TransLoc app. This will give you a great estimate on how long of a wait you will have, and you’ll be able to schedule a ride fairly quickly.
Similar to Saferide is the service Dial-a-Ride, also free to the public. However, Dial-a-Ride will only pick you up from specific LaramieLink bus stops or campus locations. This is perfect when it’s snowing outside and you need a ride from campus. Dial-a-Ride runs every weeknight starting at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 6 a.m. and at all hours during the weekend. The average wait time for a ride with Dial-a-Ride is approximately 10 minutes, and, like Saferide, the earlier you call the better.
Parking is every student’s biggest complaint with Transit and Parking. The parking on campus is very limited, but TransPark does offer solutions. The day lot, which is located in front of Half-Acre gym, is a great solution if you are looking for some close parking. The day lot charges one dollar an hour, and you’ll get the convenience of being close to the heart of campus. Students can also download the Parkmobile app that allows you to add more time to your vehicle in the day lot from your phone just in case you are running late. It was also send you an alert when your time is almost up. The app is a great way to avoid tickets, skip lines and get to class on time!
Other options for on-campus parking are parking metered spaces. With a maximum time of two hours, parking meters are more for short-time usage. Meters are located in various lots all over campus, including in between Knight Hall and Coe Library. Change to use at meters can be obtained in different locations on campus, including from the change machine located near the front of Coe Library.
If you do not feel like the day lot or parking meters are close enough to where you are headed on campus, the Transit and Parking Department sells day permits, which allow you to park in any A, C or R parking space on campus for the entire day. The cost for a day permit is $5 and will give you the freedom to park almost anywhere. When getting a day permit, it is crucial that you scratch off the appropriate day, month and year that you are going to use the permit—otherwise you are at risk for a parking ticket.
The specific permits are as such A, C and R. The A permit is the annual permit that only current staff or faculty are able to receive because they work at the University. The C permit is for students who live off of campus and they are allowed to park in the lots that are located out by Fine Arts. R permits are for all students who live in the dorms, these permits are needed for every lot that is near the dorms and must be displayed all the time.
If this is a hassle and you have some extra time you can park for free in the East express and South Express Lot and catch a campus commuter. These lots are free all day, but you cannot park in the East Express Lot overnight as you will receive a warning the first time you park there overnight, unless you park on the East side of the soccer fields then that is considered long-term parking. The shuttles are also visible on the Transloc app. They run approximately every 10 minutes.
Lastly, it is important to be nice to the parking officers on campus. These men and women are just doing their job and are not out to get you or your friends. Feel free to ask them any information on where to park so that you don’t get a ticket—they will be glad to assist you.
If you have any questions regarding regulations for on-campus parking or for information about Saferide, Dial-a-Ride, and other TransPark services, click here.