Parking and Transit offers new service enhancements

Arizona State University Parking and Transit Services (PTS) recently announced new service enhancements to bring the department to the cutting-edge in industry technology, service and sustainability.

While the spring 2012 semester is winding down, PTS is gearing up by implementing new programs, infrastructure and services for ASU faculty, staff, students and guests conducting business at all four campuses.

“We are pleased to provide these innovative services to the Sun Devil community,” says Melinda Alonzo-Helton, PTS director. “Many of these enhancements are a result of PTS listening to suggestions we’ve received from students, faculty and staff; while others came about from PTS researching best-practices within the parking and transportation industry and tailoring them to bring a higher level of service to ASU.”

Upcoming PTS service enhancements include:

• Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – PTS has already partnered with ECOtality to have six, Level 2 Blink electric vehicle charging stations on the Tempe campus. Additionally, they are moving ahead with charging stations at ASU’s other campuses and expect installation to begin later this calendar year

• Pay-By-Phone and Extend-by-Phone – Will allow users to pay for visitor parking using their smart phones, as well as extend their time at a meter or in a designated parking lot

• Valet Parking –A pilot service will become available at the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses this fall

• Eco-Pass – Introduced in fall 2011 as a pilot program, this supplemental parking permit allows for 25 all-day parking privileges during the school year in a designated lot or structure for U-Pass or Platinum Pass holders. The program will become a permanent service in fall 2012 with some enhanced features.

• Mobile Apps – PTS is currently developing mobile apps to assist with visitor parking lots/structures that also have the ability to assist with tracking intercampus shuttles

“At the core of these new programs is greater convenience for our customers and a commitment to sustainability” adds Alonzo-Helton.

Parking and Transit Services is a unit of University Business Services at Arizona State University. PTS’ mission is to provide sustainable transportation and access solutions for approximately 72,000 students and 12,000 employees.

For more information, visit the PTS website at or call 480-965-6124.