Parking Services is responsible for managing the parking spaces on the Western campus, enforcement of parking regulations, maintenance of parking lots, managing parking pay-stations, providing special event parking, vendor and contractor parking and related special use parking on the University campus.
Parking on campus is limited especially on weekdays, and permits are required for parking in core lots at all times. Accessible parking for persons with disabilities is always available.
Summer 2017 Parking
The following notice is regarding summer term parking on campus. Please be aware that similar notices are in effect for the 2017-2018 academic year permit application process.
PLEASE NOTE: Construction will resume in many parking lots throughout summer term, including paving the remaining “C/CR” gravel lots on the south side of campus, storm water control in the “C/CR” and “12A” lots, and repair and sealcoat many other parking lots. Some lots will be off-line for extended periods throughout the summer.
ZONE PARKING: Parking has received comments that folks would appreciate being able to move about campus with a single valid permit. This will now be possible for summer term and the adjoining intersession. Construction in various parking lots has created the need to relocate parkers in and out of impacted lots. The result is a great opportunity to implement temporary zone parking for some lots.
Lots 7G, 14G, 17G, 19G and 12A will form the Blue Zone.
Lots 22G, 24G, 32G and 33G will form the Silver Zone.
We've added the ability to pay using your smartphone!
On June 20, Parking Services launched ParkMobile. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be able to use the ParkMobile app to park at many of the parking lots. Customers can pay to park with their smartphones using Parkmobile’s app for iPhone, Android, Windows, Amazon, and Blackberry phones, online at www.parkmobile.com or by calling the toll-free number on the green meter stickers and signs.
"Adding this functionality to our parking system will greatly increase the ability of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to more easily take care of their parking needs," said Western Washington University Chief of Police Darin Rasmussen.
Parkmobile’s mobile payments system is very simple and easy to use. Customers first must register by downloading the mobile app in their phone’s app store or online at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they may use the mobile app, internet, or the toll-free number listed on signage to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to their parking session expiring.
Parkmobile’s mobile payment solution is an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options.
Click on the Parkmobile link to the left for more info!
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Campus Parking Updates
If you park on campus, you may have noticed some changes to Western’s Parking Services operations:
Service counter changes locations: On March 1, Parking Services relocated its customer service counter to the more centrally located Student Business Office in Old Main. Customer service for visitors, guests and vendors continues to be available in the Campus Services building, located on Bill McDonald Parkway. At the same time, Western improved its online Parking Portal to enhance the convenience of self service.
Pay station upgrades: Another improvement completed early spring is the upgrade to the parking lot pay stations. You may have noticed nearly all pay stations have been upgraded to the latest technology, including some solar powered stations. The final stations will be upgraded in conjunction with a resurfacing project this summer. These pay stations will allow for needed flexibility in our parking options.
Physical permits no longer required: Western will be implementing License Enabled Parking across campus beginning June 20. Parking on campus will no longer require a permit to be displayed in your vehicle, your license plate will be your permit to park. It is important to update your vehicle license plate in Western’s online parking system, if your plate number is inaccurate in the system, your permit will not be valid for your vehicle. Please see the license plate update instructions on the Parking website here.
Pay-by-phone option is coming: Along with licensed enabled parking, Western will be launching a pay-by-cell alternative to purchase short term parking permits, like 1-hour and daily permits. Through the use of the ParkMobile app, parkers will experience a payment process that is faster, easier and much more convenient. This transition to upgraded pay stations and the mobile app will allow Western to move away from coin operated meters and the maintenance expense associated with them. The mobile app provides immense added value to the customer, please visit our Parkmobile page for details.
Lot paving begins after commencement: On June 13, the long-anticipated parking lot resurfacing will begin. A summer long project to upgrade and resurface many of the parking lots on campus will enhance the parking experience for the Western community and reduce future maintenance expenses for years to come. If you currently have a permit to park in one of the lots scheduled for upgrading, you will be contacted directly with relocation options to minimize the inconvenience as this project is completed. Western encourages parkers to utilize the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center as an alternative to parking on campus during this time. Please visit our website for more details on the parking lot upgrade project and parking alternatives.
Things you need to do:
- Update your vehicle license plate information in Western’s online Parking Portal.
- Confirm that your customer information is accurate in Western’s online Parking Portal. Update it in Web4u if it is not accurate.
- Renew or purchase your personal permit online as usual but remember you must attach an accurate license plate online for every vehicle you plan to park on campus.
- Review Western’s Parking website to familiarize yourself with the parking lot upgrade/resurfacing projects.
- Purchase a Lincoln Creek permit to park at Lincoln Creek during the upgrade project and using your bus pass, enjoy the bus ride to the center of campus.
Questions? Check out the Parking Services website or call 360-650-2945.
Pay Stations & Parking Office No Longer Accept Cash
The Pay Stations on campus, and the Parking Office in the Campus Services building will no longeraccept Cash/Coin. They will only accept Credit Card/Debit Card (Visa/Mastercard/American Express/Discover).
New Online Parking Portal
On January 28, 2016, Parking Services implemented a new and updated ONLINE parking portal that’s mobile-friendly! Although the look has changed, the current functions will remain the same. You're able to:
- Buy parking permits
- Add yourself to a waiting list for a lot
- Pay citations
Go to the Parking Portal
Parking Services Implements New & Updated Online Parking Portal
Parking Services will implement a new and updated online parking portal from its vendor later this month that will include an upgraded, mobile-friendly interface and a new look and feel while keeping the portal`s key functionality essentially the same - its main function will still be for buying new parking permits, renewing permits, adding a name to a waiting list for a lot, and paying citations. The new portal`s key mission will be to boost ease of use for students, employees, and visitors resulting in a much more user-friendly experience.
In addition to the new portal, Parking Services will also this winter replace its parking-lot pay stations with new high-efficiency, solar-powered pay stations. The new pay stations have advanced features, are theft resistant, have larger LCD screens, and are easier to maintain and use.
Parking Permits Required at Lincoln Creek Transportation Center
Permits are required to park in Western’s Lincoln Creek Transportation Center (LCTC). The permit will be free for the 2015-16 school year as the lot transitions to a permit system. Starting with the 2016-17 school year the LCTC lot may have a minimal fee.
Permits are available online. Customers can print their own permit from home. Self-help computer kiosks will be available in the lobby of Campus Services building (parking office).
Making the transition to a permit system for the LCTC will allow for utilization tracking of the lot and provide a means to communicate with lot users. In addition, charging fees for the lot will assist in offsetting its maintenance costs and allow for future upgrades.