Kyle Kruger and April Williams at Virginia Tech Parking Service share the most important things to know about parking, citations, and parking passes on the Blacksburg campus.

  1. Permits are required from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits are not required after 10 p.m. except for the 24-hour spaces. If you only need to drive to campus in the evenings, consider the evening-only permit, which is significantly discounted.
  2. The carpool permit is a specialty permit created to encourage fewer cars on campus. It is issued to two or more students or faculty members to share. Carpool permits must be purchased at the Parking Services Office.
  3. A daily permit is good for one day, which is great for visitors and other guests on campus. Buy a daily permit or use Park Mobile
  4. Football, basketball, and other major events do affect parking. Signs will be posted in those parking areas with the exact times vehicles need to be removed from the lot and for how long. Information will also be shared via emails.
  5. If you have an injury that affects your mobility, you can bring a letter from your doctor or Schiffert Health Center to Parking Services and get a temporary medical permit for up to six weeks that allows you to park in any faculty/staff or student parking space. You may only receive a temporary medical permit if you’ve already purchased a parking permit.
  6. “Green-logging” allows those with current permits a temporary upgrade for 30 minutes to load or unload a vehicle. Just call Parking Services at 540-231-3200.
  7. If you do get a ticket, citations need to be paid or appealed within 10 calendar days. More information on citations and the appeal process.
  8. Parking Services offers several free services on campus, including help if you lock your keys in your car or need a jump-start. These services are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling Parking Services at 540-231-3200. After 5 p.m. you can call the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-231-6411. 
  9. There are about 3,000 students fighting for 1,000 parking spaces. However, there are other ways to make it to campus on time. Blacksburg Transit will pick you up virtually anywhere in Blacksburg and take you where you need to go for free. Find the Blacksburg Transit schedule and routes or download the BT app.

Written by Caroline Reed, a senior and a student writer for Virginia Tech Communications and Marketing

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