Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Parking Sustainability

Sustainable Parking Framework, February 2017

Executive Summary: Thompson Rivers University is an institution constantly evolving to meet the diverse needs of its expanding community. The process of transitioning from a suburban college to an urban campus with a vibrant heart is informed by TRU’s Strategic Priorities, and in particular, our desire to increase our sustainability. Our goal as a university is to reduce our impact on the environment so that we may continue to grow into a progressive and sustainable community.

To achieve this, we must transform from a campus where single-occupancy vehicles dominate to a campus that is pedestrian-oriented and supports a community that learns, works, plays and lives here. It is time for us, as members of the TRU community, to reconsider how we use transportation and parking resources.

In support of TRU’s sustainability goals, and in response to proposals from the TRU Students’ Union (TRUSU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4879, the Parking Appeal and Advisory Committee has recommended changes to parking. As recommended by the committee, and guided by the TRU Campus Master Plan, Transportation Demand Management Plan and Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan, TRU will implement a revised parking lot system and parking rate structure, and provide incentives for TRU community members to use more sustainable transportation options.

As we work towards making these changes, we encourage you to send your questions to parking@tru.ca.

Download the complete  Sustainable Parking Framework
Download the October 2017 PAAC  Parking Update presentation

July 2018 Updates to Parking Framework

  • The gated premium tier established by the 2017 framework has been discontinued for fall 2018.
  • Starting August 1, premium permits for 2018/19 will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis rather than by lottery.
  • Applications for 2018/19 annual reserved permits (an assigned, specific stall) more than doubled over 2017/18, resulting in lots D1, F1 and R (formerly premium) filling with reserved stalls. General lot D2 has been switched from general to premium for 2018/19. 
  • Feedback from users, including visitors, indicated that some lot names were causing confusion. Several lots have therefore been renamed or consolidated for greater clarity, and the website updated with a series of maps highlighting the lots within each of the tiers, as well as visitor, accessible, and electric vehicle parking.
  • Construction in 2018 has closed two premium parking lots: A1 north of Old Main closed permanently in June for new development at The Reach; and L2 beside the site of the new Nursing and Population Health (NPH) building closed in July for the approximate two-year duration of NPH construction, as a staging area. With the three gated premium lots now classed as premium, there are eight premium lots for 2018/19.
  • In summer 2018, work is underway to create additional economy parking spaces—to be called lot NT—across the road from economy lot N. An opening date is to be determined.

Rates

Parking rates on the Kamloops campus for the 2018/19 academic year will remain the same as last year, but with four tiers instead of five. The “gated premium” tier has been discontinued—those lots are now at the premium rate, and no lots are gated. The charts below show parking rate increases to be implemented in phases in the future.


Current rates as of September 2017
Designation One semester Two semesters Monthly payroll Annual Daily Half-day
Reserved stall     $95.83 $1,150    
Premium $283 $566 $71 $850    
General $250 $500 $62.50 $750 $5  
Economy $200 $400 $50 $600 $4 $3
Planned increase Phase 1 — to be determined
Designation One semester Two semesters Monthly payroll Annual Daily Half-day
Reserved stall     $102.08 $1,225    
Premium $300 $600 $75 $900    
General $266.67 $533.34 $66.67 $800 $5.50  
Economy $216.67 $433.34 $54.17 $650 $4.50 $3.25
Planned increase Phase 2 — to be determined
Designation One semester Two semesters Monthly payroll Annual Daily Half-day
Reserved stall     $108.33 $1,300    
Premium $316.67 $633.34 $79.17 $950    
General $283.33 $566.66 $70.83 $850 $6  
Economy $233.33 $466.66 $58.33 $700 $5 $3.50

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