Hillside Road: Section Closure

As previously announced in UConn Today, Hillside Road is closed to through traffic between its intersection with Gilbert Road and Glenbrook Road.

For those less familiar with the Storrs campus, the closure affects the section of Hillside Road adjacent to the Gampel Pavillion, Student Union, and Greer Field House.

The restricted portion of Hillside will remain open to Emergency, limited Service, and Transit vehicles only.

This Hillside Road sectional closure is expected to significantly improve public safety in this high pedestrian volume area by reducing vehicular conflicts.

Hillside Road drivers will be directed to use Alumni Drive to avoid the restricted area.



Storrs Gateless Garages

As previously announced in UConnToday, gateless garage parking operations began on the Storrs campus on Monday, August 15.

Daily parking in the garages is now paid using one of two mobile parking applications: PayByPhone (Apple Store | Google Play) and Flowbird (Apple Store | Google Play).

Many readers are likely familiar with PayByPhone as it has been used for surface lot parking on the Storrs and the Regional campuses (excluding Hartford) since 2015.

The Storrs hourly rate structure in the Storrs garages is $2/hour for hours 1—3 and $1.50 for each following hour, with a maximum rate of $30 for 24 hours.

The PayByPhone rates in surface lots are $2/hour, with a maximum daily rate of $12 in Storrs and $6 on the Regional campuses.

Lot I East and West Reopen for Spring 2023

The parking areas surrounding the new Ice Arena (Lot I, East & West) are now open.  Lot I East includes Commuter Student spaces and some designated spaces for Employee Area 3 parking.  Lot I West is designated as Employee Area 2 parking.  The appropriate permits are required from 7 AM to 5 PM.  Students must have a LOT I COMMUTER PERMIT.    

Stamford Employee Target Garage Parking Ends 05/31/22

The University’s Target parking garage lease Agreement will expire on May 31, 2022; it will not be renewed.

As a result, Parking and Transportation Services will no longer be able to offer employee garage parking on the Stamford campus.

Active Target permits like will convert automatically to Area 2 on June 1, 2022.

Area 2 permits authorize parking on the University’s main campus lot at 1194 Washington Boulevard.

If you would like to expire your permit, please let us know by email sent to Parking Services.

2/23 Public Transit Hearing (WRTD/HuskyGo)

The Windham Region Transit District proposes cost-neutral changes to its fixed routes to increase service frequencies while maintaining service hours.

Developed using public meetings and feedback, surveys, and operational considerations and tested using new computer modeling technology, the proposed route changes are designed to increase ridership while increasing service frequencies with improved connectivity.

The proposed route change benefits include improved service frequency between Storrs and Willimantic and within the town of Windham and the elimination of wait times at the new intermodal center in downtown Willimantic.

Several proposed changes were made possible through WRTD’s partnership with UConn’s Husky Go, including Sunday service between Storrs and Willimantic and running a WRTD route similar to Hunting Lodge in the summer.

Current Storrs-Willimantic bus, Willimantic City Bus, Hunting Lodge, and Danielson stops impacted by the proposed changes will remain within a 5-10 minute walk to the planned routes.

To learn more about the proposed route changes and make public comments, please join WRTD at their Board meeting room at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 23, or attend the meeting on Zoom.

You can find the latest details WRTD’s website.


2021/22 Intersession – Student Permits Available

Student parking permits for the 2021/22 Intersession are now available for purchase at the Parking Services Customer Service Center, Storrs Campus.

The prorated prices of our Intersession permit follows:

Purchase Date Price
12/20/21 – 12/26/21  $41.22
12/27/21 – 01/02/22 $30.92
01/03/22 – 01/09/22 $20.61
01/10/22 – 01/16/22 $10.31

Please remember that cash payments are no longer accepted at Parking Services.

1/3 – Parking Services Going Cashless!

Parking Services will go cashless on Friday, December 31, 2021.

Cash payments will no longer be accepted at Parking Services after January 1, 2022.

Other forms of payment such as Debit/Credit Cards and Husky Bucks will remain the same.

Most customers will find the online Parking Portal the most convenient way to purchase their parking permits and pay citation fees.

In 2022, it will still be possible to make in-person purchases and payments at Parking Services – 25 LeDoyt Road, First Floor, Storrs, CT 06269-6199, using a Credit/Debit Card and Husky Bucks.

Pedestrian Safety Reminder

Please remember that our campus is pedestrian-centric in advance of the fall semester and the return of thousands of students to campus.

All motor vehicle operators must remain alert and keep their speeds below 25 MPH when driving on-campus.

Drivers must always yield to pedestrians and be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Never pass a vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.

Although pedestrians must appropriately care for their own safety, those found on university campuses tend to be distracted. Drivers, therefore, must patiently accommodate their passages.

Please remember to allow yourselves additional commuting time during the next few weeks and remember that all types of on-campus traffic will be unusually heavy.

Drive carefully!

How do I travel through a roundabout?

The following are general instructions for navigating the University’s new roundabout on Hillside Road in Storrs:


  • Slow down when approaching the roundabout
    • Obey all signs and posted speed limits
    • Yield to all pedestrians within the crosswalk
    • Look left and yield to traffic in the roundabout before entering
  • Enter the roundabout only when there is a safe gap in traffic to do so
    • Traffic within the roundabout has the right-of-way
    • Do not stop in the roundabout to allow other traffic to enter
  • Exit the roundabout slowly to Alumni Drive, Hillside Road or the North Garage
    • Yield to all pedestrians in the crosswalk

Pedestrians may only enter the roundabout using designated crosswalks; they must never cross traffic lanes to the roundabout’s center island.

Experienced bicyclists may ride within the roundabout and share traffic lanes with motorists; they must yield to all pedestrians.

Less experienced bicyclists may dismount their bicycles, walk on the sidewalks and use the crosswalks as pedestrians.

If you are in the roundabout when an emergency vehicle approaches, proceed to your intended exit and pull-off to the right so the vehicle may pass safely.

Parking Permit Go Virtual This Fall

Who expected to add parking permits to the list of virtual things?

Starting in August, the University of Connecticut and its Parking and Transportation Services will introduce license plate recognition (LPR) enforcement.

The upgraded management and enforcement system will use car-mounted cameras to read and match a vehicle’s license plate to its University permit record and determine if its parking is authorized.

This process is referred to as “virtual permitting” because it eliminates the need to issue physical decals or hang tag permits. Faculty and staff who own multiple vehicles will no longer have to worry about forgetting to move their hang tag between them. Students won’t have to worry about forgetting to install their decals or scraping them off before changing or refunding their permits. Parking permits of employees who pay for their virtual permits using payroll deductions won’t expire annually and will continue to be valid across permit years. For the time being, those who choose to park within gated locations will still need to use key cards or transponder decals to enter them.

Employee parking permits for the 2021-22 academic year became available Monday, July 19 at 9 a.m., on the Parking Services website.

Student permits will first be available on Monday, August 2 at 9 a.m.

The introduction of LPR will require parking permit applicants to confirm that any prepopulated license plate numbers are correct and to enter any new vehicle information accurately in the application process. Parking and Transportation Services, therefore, strongly encourages applicants to take a picture of their license plate(s) before completing the online permit application this year, which they can then reference to double-check their information.