By: Zandi Richey
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – How much did you spend on parking last year? What about how much do you plan to spend next year?
There are numerous ways to park on campus, from buying a pass to parking in the garage to paying a meter. Regardless of what you choose, you should be prepared to spend money.
Parking passes are the most popular way to park on campus. General passes allow parking in any lot marked general, and cost $120 per year. Reserved passes are for specific parking lots only, and give you a better chance at finding a spot. The reserved passes cost $276 per year.
For a full outline of all parking permit costs, click here.
Those not wanting to shovel out hundreds of dollars at the beginning of the year try other options such as meters and the parking garage, but those can be pricey as well.
It costs $1.50 for the two hour limit at most of the meters, and it is imperative to make sure your meter stays filled.
Brent Matthews of Carta Parking said there are about 250 meter spots on campus. At those 250 spots, they wrote 850 meter tickets in March 2013. The tickets are $11 a piece, and go upwards of $40 if not paid on time.
Carta Parking has recently updated the meters so you can pay with a card and even download an app to pay your meter without having to leave class. Jennifer Rudd, senior, said, “The new meters are a huge relief. It still adds up having to pay meters all day, but at least I don’t have to worry about having change all the time.”
The parking garage seems to be a popular option for many students, several of whom say they wait until after the garage closes so they won’t have to pay. It costs four dollars to park in the garage all day.
You can find a map of UTC and parking lots here.