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. 

Do I need to pay to park on campus?

A valid CSU parking permit or hourly payment in a designated hourly space is required to park on Main or South Campus.

Permits can be purchased online, over the phone or in office Monday-Friday 7:30 am – 4 pm.

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

A permit credit will be made available to customers who had a 2019-2020 annual permit or spring semester permit and who did not return their permit last spring (May 2020) for a refund. This reduced-price permit will be available for purchase over the phone or in-office August 1 to December 31, 2020. Due to permit system limitations this reduced-price permit is not available online. 

Permit credit is based on the number of days enforcement was limited.

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, including: 

  • Mon-Wed-Fri only permit 
  • Tue-Thu only permit 
  • Daily permit 
  • Hourly parking to accommodate short visits on campus with $1.00 hourly parking near Moby Arena. 
  • Daily scratch-off permits: buy 10 for the price of 9 that allow flexibility to use as needed 
  • Monthly permit 
  • 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. 

How will this change the way customers pay for parking? 

Daily, weekly, monthly, semester and annual parking permits are all available to purchase online. A new three-month installment option is available for students using their student account to pay for a parking permit.

The WaytoPark app is currently available on mobile devices for contactless payment in hourly parking. We are evaluating options to improve the mobile experience. 

How are you handling the increased demand for parking permits? 

We expect a shift in commuter behavior that may increase staff, students and visitors driving their own vehicles to campus. We also expect a reduced number of on-campus visits due to online classes and increased teleworking this fall We will continue to monitor to understand if there is an impact on parking occupancy.  

We recently added parking to the south side of Hughes Way and converted a parking area from staff to commuter student parking on the east of Meridian Avenue. 

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.  For 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 daily symptom checker and may not travel if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
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.

Is the Around the Horn Shuttle operating?  

The Around the Horn CSU shuttle is operating every 10 minutes, Monday – Saturday. 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.

Around the Horn has extended its evening operating hours to accommodate later class times during the week, including one southbound departure and two northbound departures after 8:00 pm. For specific schedule information for these extended hours, please click the “Exceptions” tab on the schedule page linked below and select “Additional Weekday Evening Service.”

View The Horn’s schedule and map at ridetransfort.com/routes/horn.

How is the Transfort system impacted?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fort Collins’ transit agency, Transfort, has implemented temporary service levels, resulting in some route suspensions and service reductions. Free taxi service is provided to replace service on these suspended routes. For the most up-to-date info on each route, click the “Exceptions” tab when viewing the route timetable on Transfort’s website (ridetransfort.com). 

Due to COVID-19, passenger capacity is limited. No standees allowed.

Summary of Temporary Service Levels: 

  • From 10/05/2020 – Date TBD, the following routes are suspended (no service): 
    9, 10, 11, 12, 19, 92, GOLD.
  • Sunday service and holiday service for 11/26, 12/25, 1/1 have been suspended for all routes.  
  • Currently operating routes (including 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 16, 18, 81, Flex, Max, Poudre Express and Horn) will operate Monday – Saturday, from approximately 6:00 am – 7:00pm. See ridetransfort.com/schedules for full details for each route.

Free Taxi Service for Suspended Routes: 

  • On Demand service is available for routes that have been canceled 
  • Service is available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week 
  • Call 970-225-4831 to schedule a trip the same day the ride will be taken 
  • Call center hours are Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m 
  • There will be no fare associated with these taxi trips at this time 
  • This service will not be available on the FLEX route 

Health Precautions on Transfort Buses: 

  • Due to COVID-19, passenger capacity is limited. No standees allowed.
  • 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. 
  • View Transfort Covid Guidance for Riding and Social Distancing available here. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to riders on all buses. 

How are Regional Bustang Buses Impacted? 

  • The Flex bus from Fort Collins to Loveland/Longmont/Boulder is operating (schedule).
  • The Poudre Express from Fort Collins to Windsor/Greeley is operating (schedule).
  • The Bustang North Line from Fort Collins to Denver Union Station is operating under a modified schedule under state and local public health orders with four departures daily Monday-Friday. Passengers will be required to wear their own mask for the duration of the trip. Saturday/Sunday/Holiday service has been suspended until further notice. 
  • The Bustang Rams Route (serving the CSU campus) has been suspended until further notice. Customers looking to travel to Denver should use the Bustang North Line instead. Bustang operator, CDOT, will continue to evaluate the situation and make changes as appropriate including the Bustang Rams Route. 
  • Please visit Bustang’s website (ridebustang.com) for fare information, schedules and info on Bustang’s other lines around the state.

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 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 available on campus and throughout Fort Collins. Unlock via the Bird app.

Zipcar

Zipcars are available on campus at the following locations: 

800 West Plum St – Lot 180   
Aggie Village    
International House   
Westfall Hall Lot    

See car availability in real-time and 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.