Vulcan Parking Garage

Visitors may park their cars in the Vulcan Parking Garage, where hourly and daily rates are posted. The gated garage will also be open to drivers who have registered for spaces inside, as well as members of the University community who choose to pay by the hour.

Drivers can enter the garage from East Alley, where the road has been widened and turning lanes added to ease traffic congestion. A second entrance is located near the intersection of Sixth and Park streets.

Accessible to people with disabilities, Vulcan Garage includes two elevators. Motion sensors control high-efficiency LED lighting throughout the structure, and emergency phones are available at every level.

Drivers who pay by the hour will find a pay station conveniently located on the garage's third level next to the walk out, elevators and stairwell. . Anyone who forgets to stop at the pay station will be able to pay with a credit card when exiting the garage.

Vulcan Garage Transient Parking Rates
Effective January 1, 2022

0 - 1 hour $1.00
1 - 2 hours $2.00
2 - 3 hours $4.00
3 - 4 hours $6.00
4 -8 hours $8.00
8 -12 hours $12.00
12 - 13 hours $13.00
13 - 14 hours $14.00
14 - 15 hours $15.00
15 - 16 hours $16.00
16 - 17 hours $17.00
17 - 18 hours $18.00
18 - 19 hours $19.00
19 - 20 hours $20.00
20 - 21 hours $21.00
21 - 22 hours $22.00
22 - 23 hours $23.00
23 - 23:59 hours $24.00


Vulcan Garage FAQ

How do I get a permit for the garage?

There will be a designated number of student permits made available through the waitlist process. Students that are considering the garage as a permit option should place themselves onto a wait list now.  Wait lists will be released during the winter break and be available to students to purchase permits for the 2022 spring term. Cost for a student permit is $150 per semester.  Anyone needing assistance in placing themselves onto a wait list should contact our office at 724-938-4677.

Staff and faculty who were prior permit holders for the Vulcan Parking Garage will be notified of availability, after which, any remaining available permits will be made available to staff/faculty and students for purchase.

In addition, we have restored the “special permit” parking area on level five (5). Please note that once this area has reached capacity, the screen will read “access denied, special permit has reached capacity.” In this situation you should pull a ticket and you can exit the garage within the grace period. If you wish to continue to park in the garage when there is no longer “special permit” space available, you can do so and just pay for your parking session as you exit.

What is different in the garage?

The garage has a new gate system. Each exit lane has a “pay in lane” station; just scan your ticket’s QR code and it will prompt you for payment. You can use the convenience of pay in lane with a credit card only.  If you prefer to pay with cash, a walk-up cash pay station can be found on Level 3 (it also accepts credit cards).

How does this work?

For permit holders:

  1. Have your permit properly displayed with the correct side facing outward.
  2. Pull into the entry lane.
  3. The gate will read your permit and open. (Please, allow the gate to completely open before proceeding forward to begin your parking session).
  4. A permit allows you to enter and exit multiple times as necessary.

Tip: The gates are not as fast as you may experience on toll roads, please be patient and slowly enter the garage.

A:  For non-permit holders:

  1. Enter the garage, stop, pull a ticket, park. When exiting via the “pay in lane” stations, scan the QR code on your entry ticket, the amount owed will show on the screen. If you would like a receipt, you must select receipt before paying with your card.
I don’t have a credit card; how can I pay for my parking session?

There is a walk up pay station near the elevators on Level 3. This pay station accepts cash and credit cards.

I have a guest/visitor/speaker coming to campus, where should they park?

The pay by hour garage is specifically designed to accommodate visitors to campus. They should be directed to pull a ticket as they enter and pay as they leave and request a receipt for their travel reimbursement before entering their card.

What happens if I forgot my permit?

Please pull a ticket, and park. Once you are ready to exit, please stop by the parking office and we can validate your ticket for that session. (Verification will be completed to ensure the permit is valid in the system.)

What if there is an issue with a gate?

Each entry and exit lane is equipped with a help button, pressing the button will alert someone in the parking office (after 4pm the University Police will receive the alert).