Updates regarding parking and transportation at CSU will be posted here as they become available. For information on other CSU services, please visit CSU’s COVID-19 information page.

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How will COVID impact getting around our campuses?

We are working with all university partners to evaluate mobility on and across our campusesWe are following university, county, state and federal guidance and public health orders. 
At this time, we are working to create systems for transportation and parking that provide appropriate social distancing. 

How can I contact Parking & Transportation Services?

Our Parking office (located in the Lake Street Garage) is currently closed to in-person contact. Our staff is available via phone (970-491-7041) and email (parking@colostate.edu). 
Our office will not reopen until doing so is approved by the university’s Pandemic Planning Team, and we will have public health measures in place to help prevent the spread of the virus among our visitors and staff.  

Transportation Services (located at 201 W Pitkin St) is still open to provide motor pool and fleet services from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Faculty, staff, students and visitors on any university campus are required to follow university, county, state and federal public health guidance and orders. 

Do I need to pay to park on campus?

Colorado State University Parking and Transportation Services resumed paid parking and parking enforcement on July 1, 2020. A valid CSU parking permit or hourly payment in a designated hourly space will be required to park on Main or South Campus. 

Summer 2020 permits are now available online or over the phone.
Permit sales for the upcoming academic year, effective August 15, 2020, will be available for sale on August 1, 2020. 

How are parking permit credits being applied to the new academic year 2020/2021?

A prorated, discounted permit will be made available to customers who had a 2019-2020 annual permit or spring semester permit and who have not already returned their permit for a refund. This discounted permit will be available for purchase online once they sign into their account between August 1 – September 1, 2020. Discounted permits will be available for purchase over the phone or in-office August 1 to December 31, 2020, but no longer available online after September 1 due to limitations in our permit sales system. 

Permits will be prorated based on the number of days enforcement was limited and a CSU valid permit was not required when parking on CSU campuses.  Individuals with active spring or annual parking permits will have the same discounted parking permit available to them for purchase in the fall. For those who do not wish to purchase a fall permit, the same discount can be applied to a Spring 2021 permit, if it is purchased by December 31, 2020. If your desired permit is not available when you sign into your account, or you need any other assistance, please contact our office for assistance.
 

How are the parking permits being managed for CSU apartment residents? 

Parking and Transportation Services will update apartment permits and have them available for purchase when a valid CSU parking permit is once again required on campus. Customers who had a spring 2020 CSU apartment permit and who didn’t return their permit for a refund will receive a discounted apartment permit for purchase online. The discounted permit will apply a prorated price reduction based on the number of days enforcement was limited and a CSU valid permit was not required.   

Aggie Village apartment residents may sign up for a permit waitlist thirty days before their lease start dateEnsure priority preference is assigned correctly to permit options when signing up for both permit waitlists (U permit for parking in Aggie Village or T permit for parking in Aggie Village Family). Residents living in Aggie Village who currently have a T or U parking permit and who did not return their permit for a refund will receive top priority for receiving new parking permits and do not need to be on a waitlist for that priority status. Residents moving into Aggie Village, who are on the waitlist, will receive notification by email when a permit is available to them. Parking and Transportation Services will hold a permit for those on the waitlist for seven days after notification that a permit is available. After seven days, the permit will be made available to the next customer on the waitlist. Aggie Village permits are expected to sell out.   

How will department permit credits be applied to the fall? 

Permits will be prorated based on the number of days enforcement was limited and a CSU valid permit was not required when parking on CSU campuses. Departments with active spring or annual parking permits will have the same discounted parking permit available to them for purchase in the fall. 

Are there flexible permit options?

Yes, permits are available in a variety of options beyond annual and semester permits to meet the varying needs of our customers.  

  • Mon-Wed-Fri only permit 
  • Tue-Thu only permit 
  • Daily permit 
  • Hourly parking to accommodate short visits on campus 
  • Daily scratch-off permits: buy 10 for the price of 9 that allow flexibility to use as needed 
  • Shared permits: If customers want to share a permit, they can purchase a permit under one person’s name and account and plan with a friend or co-workers on how they will alternate visits to campus. A permit only allows one vehicle to be on campus at any given time so a shared permit requires careful planning by the permit holder to ensure the permit is not misused resulting in a citation that will be placed on their account as the responsible permit holder. A customer can add or remove vehicles from their account as needed. 

Can I still rent vehicles through Transportation Services?

Yes, our Transportation Services office is open at 201 W Pitkin and vehicles are available for rent.  Office hours have changed and are now 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For other rental questions please call our office at 970-491-0016. 

What precautions should I take when using a university vehicle for work trips?

Employees must log into the symptom screening self-monitoring website and may not travel if they have COVID-19 symptoms (https://safety.colostate.edu/return-to-work-on-a-campus/),
Each employee must use hand sanitizer when they enter the vehicle and periodically during the shift. The number of passengers has been reduced by 50 percent of the vehicle occupancy and passengers sit in locations to maximize the distance between one another. This means that only two individuals may be in a four-person passenger vehicle. Employees must wear a non-medical, cloth face covering when in a vehicle containing more than one person. Windows should be open to increase ventilation, and employees should disinfect all frequently touched surfaces of the vehicle at the end of each day.

How is transit impacted?

Transit ridership has decreased since COVID. We are working with Transfort to communicate their guidelines for riders. We anticipate that there will be social distancing regulations and restrictions including wearing masks to ride and number of riders allowed per bus. 

Beginning April 18, Transfort service has been reduced or suspended on all routes. All transit is currently free, and free on-demand taxi service is provided for customers on suspended routes. See a list of suspended and reduced routes and directions for free on-demand taxi service at http://ridetransfort.com/routes 

  • Transfort requires that passengers wear a face covering while riding, per a City order, signed May 1. 
  • Transfort regularly disinfects driver and passenger areas of its buses in addition to regular nightly cleaning. 
  • Transfort Covid Guidance for Riding and Social Distancing here. 
  • Flex Regional Service has re-started with reduced service on June 1 from Boulder and Longmont (more info).
  • Poudre Express will re-start service from Greeley and Windsor in early July. 
  • Check back for Fall 2020 transit service offering and applicable COVID restrictions in July. 

Is the Around the Horn Shuttle operating?

Around the Horn service resumed Monday, July 13. The Horn is operating at normal summer level service (CSU Out of Session) which leaves the CSU Transit Center approximately every 20 minutes. Due to construction on campus near the Shepardson building, the southbound HORN will be on detour and will not travel south on Libbie Coy; stop # 1584 (Libbie Coy & A) will not be serviced.  
Please check ridetransfort.com for schedule and detour map.

Will the CSU ski bus (“SkiSU”) be impacted in the fall?

A decision has not yet been made regarding SkiSU trips this fall. 
Updates will be posted as they become available at pts.colostate.edu/skisu 

I’m not sure I want to use Transit; what are alternatives for accessing campus?

Open-air forms for transportation including bicycling, longboarding, and walking to reduce exposure in confined transportation options. The City of Fort Collins Low-Stress Bicycle network provides information about routes with few cars, safe street crossings, and wayfinding to CSU (link: https://www.fcgov.com/bicycling/fort-collins-bike-network). 

As employees and students begin to return to university campuses, we will share additional information about driving and parking and resumed Transfort routes.  

Parking and Transportation Services staff are available for one-on-one video or phone Travel Training sessions (learn about all your options from home to univeristy campus). Employees can schedule a Travel Training with Aaron Buckley at aaron.buckley@colostate.edu and students can schedule a Travel Training with Erika Benti at Erika.benti@colostate.edu 

Which shared modes are currently available to me?

Bikeshare

Pace Bikeshare has permanently ceased operations. CSU and the City of Fort Collins are working to find another bike share provider.

E-scooter 

Bird e-scooters are currently not in service. 

Zipcar

Zipcars are available on campus at the following locations: 

800 West Plum St – Lot 180  2 cars 
Aggie Village   2 cars 
International House  1 car 
Westfall Hall Lot   1 car 

Register for $25 in your first year at https://www.zipcar.com/universities/colorado-state-university (memberships available to CSU students, employees and members of the public).

Car Rental 

Cars are available for rent to CSU employees at Transportation Services. 

What precautions should I take if I plan to carpool to CSU?

Carpooling remains a worthwhile commuting strategy, especially for employees and students with a long commute, or as an alternative to a more crowded mode. Please use the following guidelines for your carpool commute: 

  • Remember that employees must log into the symptom screening self-monitoring website and may not travel if they have COVID-19 symptoms (https://safety.colostate.edu/return-to-work-on-a-campus/) 
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, including thorough hand-washing immediately before and after your commute. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly (for example, the steering wheel, gear shift, door frame/handles, windows, radio/temperature dials, and seatbelt buckles). 
  • Improve the ventilation in the vehicle if possible (for example, open the windows or set the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode). 
  • Limit carpools to no more than one person per row of seats to create as much physical distance as possible in the car; sit diagonally, if possible.