During the most recent employee satisfaction survey many of you shared ideas and offered honest and open comments on parking. While not every suggestion can be implemented, please be assured that management is listening to your ideas and suggestions. In fact, we are in the process of implementing the following programs to support the needs of employees to identify cost-savings and energy efficiencies:
- NYS-Ride Program – NYS-Ride allows eligible New York state employees to pay for certain work-related transportation expenses, such as bus fares, on a pre-tax basis, similar to how some employees pay for health-related expenses, thus providing for additional cost savings. Individuals enrolling in NYS-Ride for eligible transportation expenses, authorize WageWorks to purchase public transportation fare tickets, tokens, etc., directly from one’s transportation provider through biweekly pre-tax payroll deductions. After at least two successive paycheck deductions, WageWorks will mail participating employees a pass, fare card, or commuter card. To register or obtain additional information visit www.nysride.com or call 1-866-428-7781 toll free.
- SUNY Upstate Carpool Program – The SUNY Upstate carpool program will provide employees with another way to save money and energy. While still under development, the car pool program will provide a means for identifying other employees with interest in carpooling. The Parking Office can provide additional information for those interested in sharing a carpool pass among carpooling participants. Enrollment will be through Self-Serve. More information on the car pool program will be forthcoming.
- Direct service to SUNY Upstate on Centro from the north and east remains a popular commuter option. Although we recommend use of the NYS-Ride Program, Centro passes will also be available for purchase at the Parking Office at Centro’s cost.
- We will continue to provide low-cost off-campus parking options in R-Lot and I-Lot. Additionally, R-Lot, which was previously available on weekdays through 1AM will now be accessible 24-hours on weekdays through 1AM Saturday morning.
Updated parking information can be found on the parking Web site as well as from the Parking Office, located on the first floor of University Hospital.
The Parking Office is available to answer your questions. You can call the office at 464-4801 between 7 am and 4 pm.