Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Sustainability

“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.”—Sustainable Parking Framework, February 2017

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 follows:

Action A: To allocate existing parking spaces more equitably to reflect the ratio of students to employees on campus, parking lots dedicated to TRU employees (“staff lots”) will be converted into reserved “Premium” and “Gated Premium” lots, and permits for these lots will be allocated in a ratio of 70% student spaces to 30% employee spaces.

Action B: To encourage greater use of lots outside of the campus core and offer more options in parking rates, the parking rate structure will be revised from three tiers to five: Economy, General, Premium and Gated Premium, plus individual Reserved Stalls.

Action C: To encourage more sustainable commuting and reward changes in travel behaviour, TRU’s Rideshare program will offer sign-up incentives and implement a reward system, and the new Zipcar car-sharing program will provide a sustainable and convenient option for students, staff and faculty to access a vehicle for round-trip travel from campus for personal or work-related activities.

Action D: To continue to develop our campus sustainably over the next 15 years and cultivate a vibrant community that learns, works, plays and lives here, surface parking lots in the campus core will be replaced with academic, office, market residential and commercial use buildings to develop a wider variety of land uses on campus, increasing density and walkability.

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: 
    • visitor parking lot V2 has been renamed lot Q, to better differentiate it from premium lot V1 across the street
    • the stalls formerly named as lot F2, which are accessible from the same road as V1, are now part of V1
    • general lots U1 and U2, next to the TRU Residence, have been amalgamated with neighbouring lot H
    • general lots M1 and M2 at McGill Housing have amalgamated as lot M
    • the previously unmarked general lot at the Materials Distribution Centre warehouse is now named lot WH
    • the above consolidations result in a total of nine general parking lots for 2018/19
  • 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. Note that with the closure of A1, motorcycle parking was removed south of the International Building. Motorcycle stalls are available in lots C and W.
  • In July 2018, site preparation 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.