TAPS News

TAPS updates 2018-2019

New parking lot, Lot G1 open for use
The new parking lot, designated Lot G1, is open for use. The piloted designation of this lot is that it is a 24-hour, multi-permit lot to accommodate faculty, staff, resident students, commuter students and non-affiliated guests and visitors. The lot has 297 spaces, 10 of which are metered Whoosh spaces.  

Lot G1 is located adjacent to Glenn G. Bartle Drive. Vehicles will enter the lot via the driveway on the east side of the West Gym, sharing the entrance with Lot G, which is located behind the West Gym.

Sustainability measures were taken during the construction of Lot G1. A stormwater management system was put into place, LED lights with dimmers and motion detectors are being used, trees were planted to mitigate sunlight and create shaded space and a large wetland area was constructed at the North end of the parking lot.

  • Stormwater Management System: In Lot G1 a bio-retention area and stormwater storage system were installed to mitigate an increase in stormwater runoff entering the municipal storm system and potential contaminants in the stormwater.  Water from the parking lot sheet flows or enters a drainage system. This water then empties out to a stormwater forebay on the East side of the parking lot where suspended material drops out of the water.  Stormwater then flows over a spillway into a bio-retention treatment area where it percolates through a very sandy soil.  This bio-retention area is also planted with vegetation that thrives on contaminates and helps keep the soil clean after the water has filtered through.  Below the sandy soil is a very large stormwater chamber system that allows a large amount of water to back-up and percolate into the ground. This stormwater management system ensures that all stormwater leaving Lot G1 is flowing at a lesser volume than before construction and that the stormwater is clean.  
  • Electricity Use: The new lot required the installation of around 20 light poles.  All of the new fixtures are high efficiency LED lights. The poles are set up with dimmer switches and motion detectors. Between midnight and 6 a.m., the lights dim to 50% and return to 100% when motion is detected.  
  • Tree Plantings: The large expanse of paved surfaces in parking lots absorb sunlight which can generate a significant amount of heat. As part of this project, trees were planted around the perimeter of the lot and in the lot islands to mitigate sunlight and create shaded spaces.  
  • Wetland: At the North end of Lot G1 a large wetland area was constructed.  The wetland is fed from a portion of stormwater runoff from the West side of campus where it is naturally filtered and stored.  Plants have also been installed in the wetland for their ability to remove pollutants from stormwater.  The wetland reduces the volume of stormwater entering the municipal storm system and ensures the water that does leave is clean.

Lot G
Lot G will be designated as a commuter lot beginning Monday, Aug. 20, and will no longer be available for overnight parking. Commuter lots are reserved for commuter parking from 5 a.m. to midnight every day; no overnight parking is allowed in these lots at any time.

Day pass rate
The day pass rate has changed for the upcoming year. Visitors can purchase a day pass for $10.

Discounted Resident Parking Permit
Resident students now have the option to purchase a Discount Resident Parking Permit which allows them to purchase a permit at a discounted rate of $100. This permit allows them to park in Lot G1 only. This will show up as an option for residents to select online if they decide to do so. Resident students who do not select this permit option will pay the existing annual permit fee of $140.55. In order to maintain correct usage of this permit type, parking enforcement will ensure that all vehicles with a Discounted Resident Parking Permit are parked in lot G1. Otherwise, a citation to the permit holder will be issued.

High Occupancy Vehicle Program
Students who purchase a permit for $140.55 are eligible to participate in the High Occupancy Vehicle Program. During Information Booth hours of operation, when a vehicle with at least three total occupants stops at the Information Booth, the driver will receive access to the Visitor's Paid Lot and Parking Garage as well as accumulate times participated towards money back on the driver's purchased permit. The vehicle must have a valid parking permit and all individuals in the vehicle must show their University ID. At the end of an academic year, if participants carpooled 35 times or more, $25 will be returned to the permit holder. All reimbursements will be checks.

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Fleet of green bikes available around campus

Binghamton University has partnered with Gotcha Bike, a bike share and technology company. There are 30  Binghamton University bikes located in four locations on the main campus. Visit the Bike Share website to find a location nearest you

So how does it work? Download the free Gotcha app at http://app.socialbicycles.com to your smartphone to join and reserve, or reserve a bike on the bike itself. Once you've reserved a ride, enter your four-digit PIN code on the keypad to unlock the bike. Bikes may be reserved at no charge for two hours. 

Gotcha Bike currently operates bike share systems on 29 collegiate, residential and corporate campuses across the United States. To date, more than 29,000 members have biked off 9,500,000 calories over 252,581 trips while concurrently reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 217,527 pounds, versus driving. 

For more information on Gotcha Bike and the upgraded Binghamton University Bike Share program, visit gotchabike.com/binghamtonu.

License Plate Recognition

TAPS integrated a parking software that utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR) to improve the parking experience on campus.

What is LPR?
License Plate Recognition, or LPR, is a plate-recognition technology that associates parking permits to a license plate and not a sticker decal or hangtag. This technology virtually links license plates to a permit.

How does LPR work? 
Permits are virtually linked to your license plate and LPR is used to enforce campus parking violations. Parking Services has an LPR camera-equipped vehicle that verifies a permit has been purchased against the LPR database. For the scan to work correctly, a license plate must be visible from the drive lane. If you are from a state that does not require a front license plate, for example Pennsylvania, vehicles must be pulled into a space nose first. If a license plate is not registered in the LPR system or is not visible for scanning, that vehicle may receive a citation. Parking Services will issue warnings to those needing plate replacement and allow sufficient time to comply. Requests for peeling license plates can be made by contacting the New York State DMV.  Commuter and resident lot designations have not changed and still apply.

How does LPR benefit me? 
LPR simplifies the permit purchasing process. Permits may be purchased online and confirmation will be emailed. Once a confirmation has been received, the permit is active. LPR eliminates waiting for decals in the mail or waiting at the Parking Services office to pick them up. This technology provides immediate permit verification. Students, faculty and staff no longer need to affix decals to their vehicles or pay to have a lost or stolen decal replaced. 

Additional parking updates:
TAPS integrated its parking software. Citation appeals and updated vehicle information may be submitted online. If there is a need to modify license plate or other vehicle information, you can now easily update this information from your online account which includes temporary vehicle license plate information. Each permit holder also has one courtesy card per semester associated with their account.

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