|The U is getting rid of the old-fashioned hangtag permit |
system, but will it seize opportunities to reduce car commuting?
With the new system, your license plate serves as your permit. Such an approach will certainly be more convenient, although commuter services also claims that amongst the benefits of doing this is a savings of 650 pounds of paper and 450 pounds of plastic.
With a virtual system, however, commuter services could do the following:
- Create a system where instead of purchasing an annual permit, you pay by the day (say $2/day). Every time they scan your plate, your credit card is charged. You just sign up at the beginning of the semester. This incentivizes multimode commuting to campus. Such a system has worked at other universities.
- Add a surcharge for parking on campus on yellow or red burn days. On these days, if you park on campus, it costs an extra $2. Exceptions could be made for low or no tail-pipe emission vehicles and individuals who need to drive for medical reasons. Perhaps something could be done for carpoolers, but that might be more difficult to enforce, although carpooling would be partly incentivized since it would be cheaper to park one car on campus than two or three.