The decision to resume normal parking operations was made to support the gradual and phased return of members of the Oregon State community to the Corvallis campus. Parking permits are key to effectively managing parking demand and availability. The reinstatement of parking permits will help us adequately administer the university’s parking supply as people return to campus in greater numbers.
Transportation Services recently suspended the zonal parking system and parking permit requirements on campus while we assessed the parking and transportation needs of those students who would remain on campus during the spring term. We also evaluated the needs of faculty and staff in essential services positions who would remain on campus or return intermittently.
Like all auxiliaries, we examined every reasonable opportunity to reduce operating expenses for spring term; however, we still have significant fixed costs to maintain OSU's parking facilities. Even with our efforts to conserve resources, we anticipate a severe deficit before operations return to normal.
Additionally, Transportation Services issued parking permit credits for April, May and June to account for the unprecedented situation we were facing.
We appreciate the understanding of the OSU community who continue to come to campus and pay for parking. We’re grateful for your efforts to fight COVID-19 and support the university community and region through this crisis. We’re in this together and Transportation Services will continue to support you and our fellow Beavers to the very best of our ability.