Operation Updates

Parking Rates are Increasing - Effective September 1

Parking rates, both daily and monthly (employees only), will increase on September 1, 2022. 

See Parking Rates

Why do parking rates need to increase?
Transportation Services is 100% funded through parking revenue, which is roughly half of what it was before the pandemic. No state, tuition dollars, or student fees support our infrastructure or programs.

Overall, managing the campus’s extensive parking and transportation systems is becoming more costly and parking revenue helps us keep parking areas safe, improve roads and pathways for pedestrians, and keep traffic flowing throughout the campus. 


Expanded Parking Zones

Commute patterns have changed. Over the last year, we’ve been tracking campus lot utilization. In an effort to better meet demand, we’re making adjustments to our parking zones. Specifically, we have created a new C+ Zone available for both students and staff access within existing A Zones. Additionally, converting two C Zone parking lots into L Zones, our most affordable parking zone for those looking to save money on their daily commute.

  • More L Zones – The L Zones are some of our most affordable parking areas on campus, and now there will be more of them! Lot 30 (near the Rec Pool) and Lot 57 (West of Health Stadium) will become L Zones as early as September 2022. L Zones are parking areas that are further from the campus core and usually require walking 5-10 minutes to your final destination. If you are willing and able to add steps to your daily commute, L Zones might be a good option for you and help you save money on daily parking.
  • Introducing C+ Zones - Soon, you’ll start seeing parking stalls designated with C+ Zone signs. These are flexible parking stalls within A Zones, available daily for UC Davis employees and students. The intention of C+ Zone parking is to make better use of our most in-demand (and sometimes underutilized) parking areas by offering these spaces to students looking for an "up-front" parking option. Keep an eye for C+ Zone signs and zone indicators in ParkMobile. A Zones and C+ Zones are the same daily rate.

More Helmets, Better Bike Lights

Student on bike at UC Davis wearing a helmet and cycling across campus.


Since 2016, Student Health and Counseling Services, Healthy UC Davis, the Bike Barn, and Transportation Services have partnered to get bike helmets onto the heads of Aggie bicyclists who had previously resisted wearing one. Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the UCOP Be Smart About Safety program, the Helmet Hair, Don’t Care program will not only be able to continue to offer free helmets to our community, but also expand to providing rechargeable bike lights to campus bicyclists. Keep your eyes open for further announcements on how to claim your free helmet and/or lights this fall. 


Changing Rates is a Process

Prior to introducing any new rates, Transportation Services confers with campus leadership, the Transportation and Parking Administrative Advisory Committee (TPAAC), as well as other campus stakeholder groups. We try to keep campus parking affordable for UCD affiliates, which we understand is relative to how often you need to park on campus and what you can afford. In response, we support sustainable transportation and flexible commuting (including telework). As well, we offer tier-level pricing so Aggies may choose what they pay by where they park.