Dear campus community,
We recently shared information with CSULB students about changes to the fee structures of our various programs. We know that any changes in fees can cause concern, and we want you to know they were adopted only after a thorough and thoughtful planning process.
In short, the university’s transportation budget has been subsidizing a wide variety of programs that go beyond maintaining parking lots and structures. These programs include the Long Beach Transit TAP program, campus shuttles, EV chargers and other sustainable transportation initiatives. Our transportation programs are required to be self-supporting in that they receive limited funds from elsewhere in the university.
We have been faced with the challenge of creating a financially sustainable way to maintain these important programs. Throughout spring 2019, we shared our financial realities with representative bodies of students, staff and faculty including ASI Student Government, Academic Senate Executive Committee, Athletics, Deans, and the Parking Advisory Committee. After an in depth presentation of our finances, we discussed the immediate need to correct this downward trend and how to ensure the availability of our transportation services moving forward.
To that end, we have introduced a modified fee schedule across all of our transportation programs instead of a significant fee increase to a single program, minimizing the impact to any one group of users. Although these changes in our fee structures were intended to be modest, we recognize that these fees may create challenges for some students. In response to these concerns, a TAP Hardship Fee Waiver was created to ensure that CSULB transportation services remain inclusive to all students. Eligible students will receive a transportation fee waiver for unlimited TAP services on Long Beach Transit buses for the current Academic Year.
To review a full summary of the parking changes, please visit the Fall 2019 Program Changes webpage. For additional questions, please contact Parking & Transportation Services at 562.985.4146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Parking & Operations