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ASURA members are entitled to purchase a retiree/Gold Permit for parking at ASU. The cost is $280 (or the current price for Lot 59), and it allows parking in Gammage Lot 3, Rural Road, Stadium, Fulton and Packard structures on the Tempe campus; at the NHI Structure and 2nd Avenue Lot Downtown, and all surface permit lots at West campus and Polytechnic campus.. The Gold Permit is not available to all retirees - just to those who are currently members of ASURA. Our office staff are happy to confirm membership for members who may wish to purchase the permit.
This price and the parking locations are quite favorable when compared to what is available to employees. Employees are limited to just one parking location and pay much more for the Rural Road or Stadium garage and for the downtown University Center Garage, if indeed permits are available for them to purchase in those locations.
For those who have been awarded Emeritus Status: As described in the Academic Affairs Manual, a benefit of Emeritus Status is a "complimentary parking decal available through the Office of the Provost upon recommendation of the department chair." This parking benefit is available to any ASU retiree who has been awarded Emeritus Status. It is not tied to membership in the Emeritus College. However, a staff member of the Emeritus College has been designated by the Office of the Provost to process parking decal requests made by Emeritus faculty on behalf of the Office of the Provost.
The arrangement for ASURA members was worked out with Parking Services in 2011 by then ASURA Vice President Sheila Stokes. ASURA has tried periodically since to get the cost reduced to $0 on the basis that retirees would use permits only infrequently. We tried again in Spring 2015, with help from Ray Jensen, and received this informative response from John Riley.
“Parking is not in a position to offer free parking permits. We currently have 24,790 parking spaces: 17,210 at Tempe, 3,100 at Polytechnic, 3,400 at West, and 1,080 at Downtown. We have 82,060 students (13,000 of which are in our online programs) and 9,425 employees. So, we have one parking space for every 3.1 people.
“At the Tempe Campus, this will get significantly worse with the loss of spaces for the Omni Hotel/USA Basketball project, and with the Athletic Facilities District development.
“Since FY07, we have lost 5,041 spaces, or 17% of our spaces, while the number of students has increased by 39%. We have been able to meet the demand through subsidized light rail and bus passes, free intercampus shuttles, and free transportation to off-campus locations like the Mayo Clinic and the Chandler Innovation Center. Further, at the request of our respective student governments, we have expanded intercampus transportation to nights and weekends.
“At present, Parking pays $5,709,100 for transportation, and transfers $3.4 million to other University programs. Finally, we are currently upgrading our parking management system.”
ASU Retirees Association
Mailing address: PO Box 873308, Tempe, AZ 85287
Physical address: Community Services Building Room 201, 200 E. Curry, Tempe, AZ