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Penn State parking decks seeing $1.8 million changes

Penn State's East Parking Deck on Oct.1, 2006.
Penn State's East Parking Deck on Oct.1, 2006. Centre Daily Times file

Changes to campus parking are meant to make life easier, officials say.

Penn State Transportation Services said in a release Friday that the $1.8 million improvements will “significantly improve the customer experience.”

The Parking and Access Revenue Control Systems are being installed at the East, HUB and Nittany parking decks.

The systems include new lane and gate equipment, bar code readers, cameras, internet voice communications, level counting equipment and electronic signage.

Transportation Services says site work is under way at the three locations, with installation of the new equipment slated for July and August.

With the new features, the decks will allow patrons to use credit cards at all three areas and let customers quickly locate parking. New pay-on-foot stations will also be included, allowing both permit holders and occasional visitors to use all lanes, “improving both egress and general traffic flow.”

It will also allow the department to better track how and when the decks are used, “to assist with planning for day-to-day and event operations.”

The three decks are also shifting to being in use all day, every day, requiring a permit or payment to park no matter what time of day it is.

“For current ... permit holders, the only change associated with this project will be a switch to new hang tag permits, which will be equipped with bar code technology to allow entry/exit at their assigned location,” Transportation Services said in the release.

Those permit holders will be contacted to exchange their tags.

For other permit holders, including those from other Penn State campuses, there will be changes to the process of entering, exiting and paying.

“As these changes are finalized over the next few months, detailed information will be shared with all faculty/staff and student permit holders and posted on the Transportation Services website,” the university said.

The fees are intended to “more fairly distribute the costs associated with maintaining parking facilities and operations.”

Some free evening, overnight and weekend parking will still be available in certain lots. Information will be made available about what lots those are online.

Questions should be directed to the parking office at 865-1436 or by email to