Parking Office prepares for busy weekend beginning Feb. 22

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- With multiple events set for this weekend, the University Parking Office is taking steps to ensure safety and alleviate congestion issues on Penn State’s University Park campus.

This weekend brings a Bon Jovi concert Feb. 23 to the Bryce Jordan Center; multiple athletics events, including the Lady Lions basketball team’s Pink Zone game Feb. 24, also at the Bryce Jordan Center. Police and downtown tavern owners also are aware of the Feb. 23 "State Patty’s Day" event, a social-media created drinking holiday that brings traffic, crime and other nuisances to the area. Downtown State College will be an "alcohol-free" zone in that day. 

The University Parking Office will activate the event parking program campus--wide beginning Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Events staff will be working at many of the parking facilities, including all parking decks, and additional restrictions for overnight parking will be in place. A parking fee of $20 will be charged to anyone accessing University parking facilities on Friday without a current Penn State parking permit properly displayed; the fee will be capped at $10 on Saturday.

Lot restrictions
Kiosk booths on Pollock Road and at the entrance to Brown A will be staffed, and all vehicles entering Pollock Road will be required to stop. Motorists not seeking parking are asked to please use an alternate route to cross campus.

Several lots will be marked for no overnight parking. Additional signs will be posted at the lot entrance.

Faculty, staff and students bringing a vehicle to campus this weekend, are reminded to make sure a current parking permit is properly displayed to avoid additional fees.

Everyone parking on campus this weekend can expect many parking areas to be filled to capacity and are urged to allow extra time to use an alternate parking area and reach their destination.

Additional signage will redirect motorists to the next available lot. The electronic message boards located on Park Avenue, University Drive and Fox Hollow Road will be running with updated parking information.

All parking regulations will be strictly enforced; vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Transit
In an effort to meet additional demand, and maintain a high level of service for regular transit customers, CATA -- in cooperation with University Transportation Services -- will be adding buses to various routes this weekend.

Downtown State College
Prices in downtown parking garages will be restructured so those parking long-term will pay rates higher than typical weekend fees and steps will be taken to ensure that parking is available for downtown visitors not associated with State Patty’s Day. Those who park in downtown garages also will be charged a special event parking rate of $1.75 per hour, after a vehicle is parked for more than three hours at the standard rate of 75 cents per hour, for a maximum daily parking fee of $26 daily.

State College neighborhoods will see increased enforcement against illegal parking, and policies regarding overnight parking, parking on lawns and all other parking regulations will be strictly enforce.

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Last Updated February 26, 2013