Trial program offers parking relief for UW Tacoma students

University of Washington Tacoma students could find parking relief this spring quarter thanks to a trial program being offered by the City of Tacoma.

The plan allows UW Tacoma students to purchase a discounted permit to park at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (Lot E) or the Museum of Glass Parking Garage up to 22 times per quarter (an average of two times per week for 11 weeks) for three-dollars per day. The permits cost $66 for the spring quarter. Some blackout dates may apply at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (dates will be posted at gate entrance). In conjunction with these permits, City staff will also offer on a trial basis a special hourly parking rate of $1 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center parking lot on dates with no large events or blackouts.

“Public Works staff has been working closely with the University of Washington Tacoma to support their parking program and encourage commute trip reduction efforts,” wrote Tacoma Public Works Director Richard E. McKinley in a March 19 memo to City Manager T. C. Broadnax. “As part of this effort we have been discussing strategies for improving student parking and access in and around the campus.”

McKinley noted the special discounted rate will remain in effect through the end of the spring quarter. Revenues and impacts will be monitored regularly to determine if and when the program may need to be adjusted.

“Offering these parking options to students will help foster good relations with the UWT, open on-street parking to more visitors and customers, and reduce student anxiety about parking,” added McKinley.

Spring quarter begins Mon., March 26. For more information, visit .