Keep or Cancel Parking Permit

When registering for the TravelSmart program, we encourage you to consider cancelling your parking permit. However, cancelling may not be the most desirable option for you from a financial perspective. Generally speaking:

Cancelling your parking permit is most financially advantageous if you plan to use active transportation as your primary mode of commuting (e.g., 3 or more days out of a 5-day week). On the days you do drive alone to campus, you will use the daily rate flexible parking spaces.

Keeping your parking permit is most financially advantageous if you plan to primarily drive by yourself to and from campus and to actively commute when you can.

Canceling Your Parking Permit

Bicycle, Walking or Taking Transit

  • Your current parking assignment will be saved for 3 months from the date of TravelSmart registration (i.e., risk-free trial period). If you decide you want your parking permit back within this 3-month grace period, a permit for your original lot will be reissued. If you request your parking permit back after 3 months, parking will be reassigned based on where space is available.
  • You will need to return your parking permit via interoffice mail or in person to Parking Services located in the UNMC Bookstore within the Student Life Center (campus zip 5001).
  • For employees, once the parking permit is returned to Parking Services, payroll deduction for the monthly parking fee is stopped. Students who return their parking permits will receive a prorated reimbursement for any upfront parking fee that was initially paid

Carpooling

  • You and your carpool partner(s) can obtain a free carpool pass, but ALL MEMBERS of the carpool group need to CANCEL their current parking permits and RETURN them to Parking Services. All parking permits must be returned IN PERSON at the SAME TIME. Once all of the parking permits are returned, one shared portable carpool pass will be issued to the group and payroll deduction for the regular parking fee will be stopped for staff/students will receive a prorated reimbursement of any fees paid.
  • Each carpooler in the group will have their original parking assignment saved for 3 months from the date of TravelSmart registration and the process for reissuing/reassigning is the same as above. Please note that if all members collectively decide to stop the carpool group, they need to return the carpool pass to Parking Services before parking permits can be reissued.
  • The shared carpool pass will be issued for the parking lot that is currently assigned to the FIRST person in the carpool group to register for the TravelSmart program. Parking lot assignment changes can be made, but will be based on space availability. 
  • As a registered TravelSmart participant, you have the opportunity to use daily rate flexible parking in marked sections of lots #36, #55, and #59 on the days that you need to drive your vehicle to campus. 
  • Every TravelSmart member has access to Emergency Ride Home on the days that you carpool.

Keeping Your Parking Permit

Bicycle, Walking or Taking Transit

Bicycle, Walking or Taking Transit

  • You will continue paying the parking fee for your assigned parking lot.
  • Please note that you can cancel your parking permit at any point in the future; the 3-month grace period for saving your current lot assignment would start on the date you call.

Carpooling

  • You and your carpool partner(s) keep your current parking permits and continue paying the regular parking fee.
  • With this option, your group does NOT receive a carpool pass, but you still have access to Emergency Ride Home on the days that you carpool.
  • Please note that your carpool group can still cancel your parking permits at a later date by contacting Parking Services and returning your parking permits. The 3-month grace period for saving current lot assignments would start on the date that your group contacts Parking Services to cancel your permits.

If you are still uncertain about which option is best for your carpool group, please click on the TravelSmart Options Calculator, which will help you identify the option that makes the most sense financially. You can also contact 402.559.8580 (ext 3) or travelsmart@unmc.edu for assistance.

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