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Parking and Transportation Yearly Overview


HOUSING STUDENTS - STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

CHANGES FOR 2020-2021

  • Half of Kentucky Street Lot will be zoned Housing Premium H3. 
  • Chestnut Street South Lot will be zoned Commuter, Faculty/Staff, and OZ (Overflow zone).
  • The OZ (Overflow Zone) in Chestnut Street South is being expanded.
  • Parking Structure 3 is now zoned OZ. 

PERMIT OPTIONS

  • Gated Permit: 
    • AH:  Alumni Square Garage 24/7 access - $275/year
  • Premium Housing (H1-H4) - $245/year
    • H1:  Levels 4-7 of Parking Structure 1
    • H2:  Minton Lot
    • H3:  Kentucky Street Lot
    • H4:  Poland Lot and Avenue of Champions
  • Non-Premium Housing (H5-HU) - $125/year
    • H5:  Parking Structure 3
    • H6:  Adams Street Lot and Kentucky Street Apt. Alley Lot
    • H8:  Normal Street South Lot
    • H9:  Creason Lot
    • HU:  University Blvd Lot.
  • South Campus Housing (SC) - $50/year
    • Storage parking 2 miles south of main campus

CARLESS PROGRAM – For residents who choose to leave their cars at home

  • Students enrolled in the Carless program in the Fall semester receive discounts on transportation services provided, such as free access to GObg public transit and rebates for the discounted aiport shuttle to the Nashville International Airport (BNA).   

COMMUTERS - STUDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

CHANGES FOR 2020-2021

  • A portion of Chestnut Street South Lot will now be zoned Commuter Non-Premium C3.
  • Kentucky Street Lot will no longer be zoned for Commuter parking.
  • Parking Structure 3 will be zoned OZ.
  • OZ (Overflow Zone) parking is being expanded in the Chestnut Street South Lot.
  • If you currently have a Park Mobile Permit (PM), it will not expire.   

PERMIT OPTIONS

  • Gated Permits: 
    • Alumni Square Garage (AS:  24/7 access) - $275/year
    • Alumni Square Garage (AC:  6:00 AM - 9:00 PM weekdays) - $225 / year
    • Health Sciences (HS) - $135/year
      • For parking at The WKU Medical Center Gated Lot at the Medical Center Complex downtown
      • Must be enrolled in Nursing School or DPT program.
  • Premium Permits - $245/year
    • C1:  Parking Structure 2
    • C2:  Chestnut Street North
  • Non-Premium Permits - $125/year
    • C3:  Chestnut Street South Lot
    • C4:  Park Street Lot (located on Park Street between Cabell Street and 14th Avenue)
    • C5:  Parking Structure 3
  • Park and Ride Permits - $50/year
    • C6:  The back portion of Creason Lot located next to Parking Structure 3. 
    • C7:  Campbell Lane / South Campus Park and Ride
      • Campbell Lane and South Campus lots served by the College Heights Route every 10 minutes during peak service.
  • Parking Reservations - $10 initial permit fee plus reservation fees for each use
    • PM:  Park Mobile
      • The PM permit is valid only in the location and date purchased through the ParkMobile website (wku.pmreserve.com).

FACULTY / STAFF - EMPLOYEES OF THE UNIVERSITY

PERMIT OPTIONS

  • Reserved Parking (R) - $730/year
  • Gated Permits:
    • GH:  Gated Hilltop Lot - $450/year
    • AS:  Alumni Square Garage 24/7 access - $275/year
    • HS:  Health Sciences  - $135/year
      • For parking in WKU Medical Center gated lot located at the Medical Center Complex downtown.
      • Must be associated with Nursing School or DPT program.
  • Premium Permits - $245/year
    • FS1:  The "Hill" and Mimosa Lot
    • FS2:  Lots near Diddle Arena and South Lawn
  • Non-Premium Faculty / Staff Permit - $115/year
    • FS3:  Perimeter faculty/staff parking lots
  • Park and Ride Permit - $50 / year
    • C7:  Campbell Lane / South Campus Park and Ride
      • Campbell Lane and South Campus lots served by the College Heights Route every 10 minutes during peak service.
  • Parking Reservations - $10 initial permit fee plus reservation fees for each use
    • Parking fees are based on the lot you choose. 
    • The PM permit is valid only in the location and date time purchased through the ParkMobile website (wku.pmreserve.com).

PUBLIC PARKING

  • Public Pay Lots – Five public parking lots are available on campus:  Alumni Square Garage, Chestnut Street North Lot, Regents Pay Lot, Diddle South Lot, and Pearce Ford Tower Loop. 
  • Meters – Meters are distributed throughout campus for short term parking.  Meter fees will be $0.50 for 15 minutes. 
  • Visitor Permits – Visitor permits are available at the PTS office for $2/day.
  • South Campus – Free parking for visitors is available at Campbell Lane.  Check in required at the PTS office.
  • Park Mobile Permit (PM) - use the Park Mobile reservation website (wku.pmreserve.com) to make a parking reservation by date and location.

TOPPER TRANSIT

TRANSIT ROUTES OVERVIEW

  • Red Line – Serves Parking Structure 3, The Valley, Academic Corridor, DSU, and Keen Hall.  7:30AM - 6:00PM Mon - Fri.
  • White Line – Serves South Campus, Campus Flats, Academic Corridor, and Park Stret Lot.  7:15AM - 6:00PM Mon - Fri.
  • Blue Line - Serves Parking Structure 3, Academic Corridor, The Valley, Kentucky Street Apartments, and The Columns.  7:25AM - 6:00PM Mon - Fri.
  • Green Line (Shopping Shuttle)– connects Main Campus with South Campus and off-campus shopping centers.  4:00PM - 8:30PM on Saturdays.
  • Topper Taxi Service:  On-demand van service that includes Main and South Campus.  Download the TapRide app to request a ride.  Hours of Service:  6:00PM - 11:00PM Sundays; 9:00PM - 11PM Monday - Thursday; and 6:00PM - 9:00 PM on Fridays.
  • NextBus – Use NextBus to track when the next bus will arrive at your bus stop.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Disability Parking – A WKU disability parking permit is required to park in disability spaces on the WKU campus.  Disability parking permits are issued at the PTS office.
  • ADA Paratransit Service – Curb-to-curb service for faculty, staff and students with disabilities.  For more information, contact PTS.
  • GObg – PTS sells semester passes for GObg, Bowling Green’s Public Transit system.
  • Motorcycle Parking – Motorcycles and scooters must be registered with PTS.
  • Bicycle Parking – Bicycles must be parked at designated bike racks.

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 Last Modified 1/5/21