HARVARD ANNUAL PARKING PERMITS & COVID-19

HARVARD ANNUAL PARKING PERMITS & COVID-19

Commuting Update (August 13, 2020)

As more members of the Harvard community return to campus, Harvard Transportation Services is transitioning from no-charge parking to the next phase of its plan to support those who commute to and from the University. Beginning Sunday August 16, 2020 and through the end of this calendar year, most commuter parking permits will be offered at significantly reduced rates (see table below). This temporary reduction from our typical rates will better align parking and public transportation costs, maintain our regulatory agreements with the City of Cambridge, and uphold Harvard’s commitment to sustainabilityPlease note that parking rates and policies are different in the Longwood area and information can be found on the Harvard Medical School parking website.

For those who utilize public transportation, the University still offers a 50% subsidy for MBTA passes as well as a number of other transit benefits. The MBTA’s Ride Safer program includes hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the system, requires all passengers to wear face coverings, and even provides real-time crowding information on busier routes.  MBTA vehicles and stations are also thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis.

Category

FY21 Original Rate

New Temp Rate

Daily Parking Online

$20 per day

$10 per day

Daily Parking POS

$20 per day

$10 per day

Unreserved Garage

$211 per month

$75 per month*

Unreserved Surface

$197 per month

$70 per month*

3 Day Garage

$151 per month

$55 per month*

3 Day Surface

$145 per month

$50 per month*

Underutlized Garage (Peabody Terrace)

$144 per month

$50 per month*

3PM

$105 per month

$35 per month*

Reserved Garage

$396 per month

$190 per month*

Reserved Surface

$373 per month

$175 per month*

Temporary Reduced Carpool Rates

  Monthly Cost Per Carpool Monthly Cost Per Carpooler
2 Person Carpool in Garage $37.50 $18.75*
3 Person Carpool in Garage $18.75 $6.25*
2 Person Carpool in Surface Lot $35.00 $17.50*
3 Person Carpool in Surface Lot $17.50 $5.83*
2 Person Carpool at PETG (Underutilized) $25.00 $12.50*
3 Person Carpool at PETG (Underutilized) $12.50 $4.17*

*Available for pre-tax savings through payroll deduction

 

Annual Parking Permit Updates (July 20, 2020)

Extended Permits

Extended permits are now good through February 28, 2021. Please continue to display your FY20 hang tag when on campus. Your parking facility access is still valid. You will be able to utilize the annual parking permit renewal system when it opens mid-September. New permits will be delivered in January 2021 and be valid through June 30, 2021.

Payroll deductions ended in June 2020. New deductions will resume in March 2021. Extended permit holders will only be charged for four months of parking in FY21. This eight-month suspension of fees will help offset payroll deductions this past spring and reduced presence on campus this upcoming fall semester.

Extended permit holders who don’t expect to return to campus until March 2021 or beyond should fill out this online form and then mail your hang tag to:

          Harvard Campus Service Center

          1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 807

          Cambridge, MA 02138

Your permit and access will be cancelled. A 3.5 months credit will be applied to your new permit. If you have limited internet access you can contact the Campus Service Center at (617) 496-7827.

Cancelled Permits

If you cancelled your annual parking permit, deductions have been stopped and refunds have been issued, if applicable. Parking facility access has been turned off. You will need to reapply for a parking permit when you return to campus. Please submit your request a minimum of two weeks prior to your return date if you wish to have your new hang tag mailed to your home address.

 

Annual Parking Permit Updates (May 28, 2020)

Extended Permits

If you extended your permit, you have paid for parking through the end of June. You will receive a 3.5 months credit (March 15th through June 30th) on a new permit. You should continue to display your FY20 hang tag when on campus. Your parking facility access is still valid.  You will be able to utilize the annual parking permit renewal system when it opens later this year (dates are still tentative).

Extended permit holders who don’t expect to return to campus in September should fill out this online form. Your permit and access will be placed on hold until you let us know when you will be back. Credits will be applied when you resume parking. Please hold onto your current hang tag in case your return to campus changes. If you have limited internet access you can contact the Campus Service Center at (617) 496-7827.

Cancelled Permits

If you cancelled your annual parking permit, deductions have been stopped and refunds have been issued, if applicable. Parking facility access has been turned off. You will need to reapply for a parking permit when you return to campus.

 

Annual Parking Permit Options (March 23, 2020)

Parking Services is currently offering two options for those whose commutes and daily driving routines have been disrupted by coronavirus (COVID-19).  Both options will ultimately result in the same refund or credit amount.

Option #1 – Extend Your Parking Permit

This is the easiest option as it requires no action on your part, you do not need to contact us, and your permit dates will automatically be extended.  For example, if Harvard’s current remote work policy is in place for two months, a permit with the expiration date of June 30, 2020, would automatically be extended until August 31, 2020.  In this scenario, permit holders would not be charged for the months of July and August.  The actual dates are still unknown, but Parking Services will communicate with you once they are determined.

Essential personnel who must continue to drive to campus during this time will automatically have their permits extended.

If you choose to extend your permit, which again requires no action on your part, you can continue to park in your current location(s).  Please display your existing permit through the new extended date.

Option #2 - Cancel Your Parking

This option is recommended for people leaving the University or those who typically suspend parking during summer months.  When the University resumes normal operations and begins charging again for daily parking, you will need to repurchase a permit. You will be charged prevailing rates based on the permit start date.  We will make every attempt to process the new permit for your current parking location.

To cancel your parking, you must first fill out this online form and then mail your hang tag to:

          Harvard Campus Service Center

          1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 807

          Cambridge, MA 02138

If you have limited internet access you can contact the Campus Service Center at (617) 496-7827.

Once you cancel your parking, your permit will no longer be valid, and your access control credentials will be deactivated.  If you cancel parking but still need to come to campus, you can park at one of these designated locations without a hang tag:

  • HBS surface lot
  • Webster surface lot
  • Observatory lot
  • 52 Oxford Street Garage
  • Littauer
  • SEAS Lot
  • William James Lot

This list of parking locations available to vehicles without hang tags could change in the future.

Your permit will be cancelled on the date you either submit the form, call the Campus Service Center, or return your permit.

 

FAQs

Accessibility Request

Q: I still need to come to work but want to cancel my permit.  I have a University approved accessibility accommodation for a parking lot not listed above.  Can I still park in the lot without my permit?

A: Yes, we will make special accommodations for University approved accessibility requests.  Please email parking@harvard.edu for details.

 

Mobile Permits

Q: I am considered essential personnel with a mobile permit who must park in different locations across campus. What is my best option?

A: Extending your permit is the best option. If you choose this option, no action is required.

 

Refunds

Q: If I cancel parking, how long can I expect to wait for a credit or refund?

A: The length of time will depend on your method of payment (payroll deductions, credit cards, checks, etc.) We will do our best to process in an efficient manner however some refunds could take several weeks.

 

Returning to Existing Parking Location

Q: If I cancel my permit and reapply when I return, will I be assigned my current parking location?

A: Parking Services will do our best to accommodate parkers when normal University operations resume, but we cannot guarantee availability at your existing parking location. If you choose to extend your permit instead, your existing space will be maintained.

 

Payroll Deductions

Q: If I choose to extend my permit, will parking fees still get deducted from my paychecks?

A: Yes.  Your deductions will last until you pay your current permit in full (typically June).  However, you will not incur any costs or have any deductions for the extended time (in the example above, you will not be charged for July and August).  Both options, cancellation and permit extension, will ultimately result in the same refund or credit amount.

 

Permit Renewals

Q: The annual parking permit renewal season typically begins in April. Will the renewal season get pushed out?

A: Yes.  Like permits, the renewal season will get extended.

 

Permit Renewals

Q: If I cancel my permit and wish to renew for the fall, will I be able to use the online system?

A: No.  Only current permit holders, which includes people who choose the extended permit option, will be able to renew using the online system.  People who cancel will need to fill out an application.