TAPS News

Spring semester OCCT and BC Transit service

OCC Transport (OCCT) will begin full service for the spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 17. A limited Welcome Back service will run Sunday, Jan 15 and Monday Jan. 16. The full OCCT spring schedule and the Welcome Back service schedule, will be posted on the OCCT website or download the free ETA SPOT application for real-time bus tracking information.

BC Transit will continue to provide their regular service to campus. For more information on particular routes and BC Transit schedules, visit the BC Transit website or download the free DoubleMap application for real-time bus tracking information.

Binghamton University offers students, faculty and staff access to OCCT and BC Transit buses at no cost by scanning their Binghamton University ID.

Spring semester parking permits available for purchase

Semester parking permits will be available for purchase online at the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) portal beginning Jan. 4. To log in, you will need your Binghamton University login ID. If you purchased a permit for the academic year, no further action is required.

First time permit buyer? You must first register your vehicle online with the University. If you are a returning customer, log in, follow the step-by-step instructions and confirm that your vehicle information is up to date. 

TAPS utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR), a plate-recognition technology that virtually associates Binghamton University parking permits to a license plate. Vehicle information can be updated from your online account at any time. See the campus map for parking lot locations and which lot designations correspond with your permit type. Parking Services will closely monitor lot availability and will update the TAPS website with which parking lots have available space during peak times on campus.

Parking on campus during snowfall

TAPS reminds everyone that, even during snowfall, vehicles are prohibited from parking in commuter lots between midnight and 5 a.m. In addition, the Visitor's Paid Lot, Lot LT and Lot J1 must be empty between 5 and 7 a.m. if the green light is on. These rules are in place for snow removal purposes.

Vehicles parked in commuter lots during these times will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. If you need to leave your car on campus overnight, there are 24-hour “R” lots available for parking. See the parking map for 24-hour “R” lot locations.

BC Transit implements new ID scanning system beginning Monday, Nov. 9

Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, a new ID scanning system will be implemented on BC Transit buses. All students, faculty and staff using BC Transit buses must scan a valid and active Binghamton University ID to ride. Inactive, suspended or expired cards will not be accepted. 

Current Binghamton University students, faculty and staff are able to ride BC Transit buses at no charge with the scan of an active ID. 

TAPS updates 2022-2023

TRANSIT

Masks optional when riding OCCT and BC Transit
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Governor Hochul lifted the New York State mask mandate on public transportation. Effective immediately, wearing a mask is optional when riding OCCT and BC Transit.

New bus stop signage!
New bus stop signage has been added to each on-campus bus stop location. This signage was created to simplify utilizing transit. Each stop is labeled and shows which OCCT and BC Transit buses stop at that location. It also shows popular destinations for specific routes.

Spring transit schedules
OCC Transport (OCCT) will begin full service for the spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 17. A limited Welcome Back service will run Sunday, Jan 15 and Monday Jan. 16. For the OCCT schedules, visit the OCCT website. Download the ETA SPOT application for real-time bus tracking information.

BC Transit continues to operate between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. BC Transit routes and schedule information are available at the BC Transit website. Download the DoubleMap application for real-time bus tracking information.

PARKING

Purchase your parking permit, new permits are immediately active.
You can purchase your parking permit online today at the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) portal. It’s easy and convenient! To log in, you will need your Binghamton University ID and Two Factor Authentication (2FA). 

First time permit buyer? You must first register your vehicle online with the University. If you are a returning customer, log in, follow the step-by-step instructions and confirm that your vehicle information is up to date. When you purchase a 2022-23 annual permit or semester permit, the permit will immediately be active.

TAPS utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR), a plate-recognition technology that virtually associates Binghamton University parking permits to a license plate. Vehicle information can be updated from your online account at any time. See the campus map for parking lot locations and which lot designations correspond with your permit type. Parking Services will closely monitor lot availability and will update the TAPS website with which parking lots have available space during peak times on campus.

Parking availability
As we return to campus, Transportation and Parking Services reminds the campus community that parking on campus is busier between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. during peak class times. There is always available space, but it is not always right next to a destination. Parking Services will closely monitor lot availability and will update with which parking lots that have available space during peak times on campus, here. Parkers are always required to park in a valid designated space.  

If you are having trouble finding a spot, parking spaces are available in Lot G1, E1 and ZZ North/South. See the campus map for parking lot locations. The campus shuttle stops near each of these locations to transport you closer to your specific destination.

The University also offers convenient alternative transportation options. OCCT, BC Transit and carpooling with 511NY Rideshare make it easy to get around campus and the community.

Lot G1, it's not far

Lot LT metered parking closed
The metered parking section of Lot LT will continue to be closed for construction in the Glenn G. Bartle Library until further notice. The lower portion of Lot LT will remain open for ADA and service parking, except during academic breaks. Parking designation rules and regulations still apply. 

Lot B closed during Old Rafuse renovation
Lot B will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 29 for the duration of the Old Rafuse renovation.

Parking fees and fines

Binghamton University Council approved the following changes to parking fees and fines:

  • Parking in a disabled zone: increase from $100 to $150 per occurrence
  • Service permits: increase from $168 to $250 annually
  • New IOU processing charge:  $5.00 – Customers who enter gated, paid parking areas (garage and paid-lot) without money to pay for exit will receive a $5 processing charge in addition to the cost of the parking.
  • New appeal processing charge:  $10.00 – A $10 processing charge will be added when customers submit an appeal. If the appeal is won, the processing charge will be refunded.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Bike share update
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Gotcha Bike, the University’s bike share vendor, has suspended all of their services. Unfortunately, bike share will now be unavailable this semester. The bikes were leased by the University from Gotcha Bike, and therefore, the University is unable to self-operate the program. TAPS is currently looking into other bike share providers and hopes to have an alternative vendor to continue the bike share program in the near future.   

Free bike repairs on campus
Two bicycle fix-it stations are now on campus, located at the bike rack next to the Lecture Hall and the bike rack in front of C4.  These stations have common tools needed to do bike repairs yourself. 

Another option is the Binghamton University Bike Shop. The Bike Shop, located in UU-112 across from Dunkin' in Tillman Lobby, offers free bike repairs and maintenance. Bikes can be brought to the shop by appointment by emailing bicycle@binghamtonsa.org.

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