Director's Letter

Director's Letter

April 2018

 

Dear Harvard University Colleague:

Parking Services is committed to providing a wide range of commuting choices for Harvard faculty, staff, and students by focusing on innovation in technology, enhancing existing transportation options, increasing efficiency, controlling costs, and improving the customer service experience. Advancements that are being implemented this upcoming year include:

  • Installing new cameras and swipe readers in parking facilities
  • Improving the user-driven permit renewal system
  • Expanding our web portal menu to include new lots and garages
  • Increasing meter parking spaces in the reconfigured lot in front of Klarman Hall at the Business School
  • Implementing new license plate recognition technology to guarantee spaces for permit holders
  • Piloting a new daily parking app in Allston, which will eliminate the need to print permits for the lot
  • Testing EZ Pass technology as access credentials to gated lots and garages
  •  Installing WIFI on the first level of all underground garages to assist with maintenance and emergency communication
  • Continuing our restoration projects in parking lots and garages
  • Supporting department relocations, including the HUIT move to 784 Memorial Drive

Beginning July 1, 2018 parking rates will range from $184.00 per month for unreserved surface parking to $370.00 per month for reserved garage parking – an increase of $1.38 and $3.00 per week respectively.

We are working closely with Harvard’s Tax Office to clarify and implement recent changes to the Federal Tax Laws, including potential changes to pre-tax payroll deductions.  We are committed to offering the best parking value to the Harvard community.  

As a reminder, IRS regulations prohibit a refund of pre-tax dollars already withdrawn from an employee’s paycheck. To avoid overpayment when cancelling your parking permit, please notify the Campus Service Center at least two weeks in advance. Parking Services is obligated to follow this directive.

Our annual survey indicated only 12% of University employees drive alone to work in Cambridge – the national average is well over 70%! Harvard commuters continue to participate in alternative transportation programs and events that our CommuterChoice department offers. New and future offerings include:

  • Personalized commuting assistance
  • Video support for ordering transit products
  • Bling Your Bike and Winter Biking events
  • Revamped bike parking area in the Broadway garage
  • Reestablished Safety campaign and promotion of new Cambridge speed limits

The Parking Services and CommuterChoice staff members are dedicated to helping you with any commuting questions or concerns. Please contact the Campus Service Center at 617-496-7827 or email parking@harvard.edu. To contact CommuterChoice, please call 617-384-7433 or email the department at commuterchoice@harvard.edu.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jim Sarafin

Director of Parking and CommuterChoice

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