2021-2022 Parking and Transit

Please see below for relevant updates regarding Transportation Services’ parking and transit offerings in the upcoming year. Content may be updated as situations evolve.

Main Campus and Residence Hall Parking

Faculty/Staff Permits

Annual permits for the 2021-2022 school year will be available for faculty and staff to purchase online by May 15, 2021. Employees may choose between a 12 month option that start on June 1, 2021, and a 9 month option that start on September 1, 2021. All Access, 2nd and 3rd shift permits are available only as 12 month permits.

Pricing is available on our rates page. 2021-2022 annual permit cancellation requests received after April 22, 2022, will not receive a refund.

Faculty/staff returning on August 2nd, we recommend that you purchase the 9 month option for the parking permit of your choice. You can also purchase a 30 day permit and choose August 2nd as the start date to ensure you’re covered. Both options are on sale now and are first-come, first-serve.

Student Permits

Fall 2021 and 2021-2022 annual permits will be available for students to purchase online on June 1, 2021. Customers who need parking in the Summer must purchase monthly passes. Fall 2021 semester permit cancellations received after November 26, 2021, will not receive a refund.

Students will also be eligible to purchase annual permits that were previously available only to faculty/staff, including for reserved spaces in Chapman/Enderis, Cunningham, Library/Garland, and Zelazo lots. The hunting permit will likewise remain available for students to purchase. These permits will be on sale in May 15, 2021; they do not allow overnight parking.

Pricing is published on our rates page.

Flexible Parking Options

Daily reservations and debit card options will remain available for gated parking garages, including Lubar, NWQ, Pavilion, and the Union. Sandburg daily passes will continue to be available. Daily reservations are not likely to be offered for outdoor lots except U-PARK (Capitol & Humboldt Park & Ride) due to the difficulty of reserving spaces on outdoor lots. UWM is still determining other flexible parking options for the upcoming year; more information will be available closer to the start of Fall.

Lot Closures

Sciences and Klotsche surface lots will be closed permanently as the new chemistry building and athletics training center will be built on those locations. Parts of other lots may be closed for other campus construction projects, such as NWQ West and Honors College. As Welcome Center parking is being redirected to Engelmann/SARUP lot due to the closure of the Sciences Lot, hunting parking will be limited in that lot and subject to tour demand. (Cunningham remains available for hunting parkers.)

Main Campus Transit

Summer U-PASS

Students who are enrolled in a summer session will automatically have their U-PASS activated for the entire summer. Those who are not taking any classes can elect to pay $25.05 to have their card activated, however this does not apply to anyone who was not enrolled in Spring 2021. The Summer U-PASS is good until August 27, 2021. The Fall 2021 U-PASS will be activated by that weekend, so there will be no disruption of service for students enrolled in both semesters.

The U-PASS program for the Fall 2021 will operate as usual.

Employee Bus Pass

Due to financial constraints related to the pandemic, UWM Transportation Services was unable to subsidize the employee Commuter Value Pass for Milwaukee County Transportation Service (MCTS) bus service during the 2020-21 school year. That subsidy is now being reinstated for the 2021-22 school year. UWM employees will be charged $33/month through payroll deduction for the MCTS Commuter Value Pass. Without the subsidy, the pass would cost $72/month.

Prowl Line

The Prowl Line will operate as normal until 2 pm on 5/22. At 2 pm, it will transition to be on-demand only for the rest of the summer. This means that it will not make regular stops on the route, but is available to be requested. Rides can be requested by calling (414) 935-6900 or by asking the front desk of your residence hall to assist. There is no service to the Upark after May 21.

Summer hours will be 7 am – midnight on weekdays, 9 am – midnight on weekends.

The Prowl Line, including U-PARK, will be offered in Fall 2021. Details to follow.


BOSS will be closed from May 23 through May 31 and will reopen on June 1. Summer hours are 7 pm – midnight. BOSS is closed on July 4 and September 6. It is currently scheduled to be offered as usual for the Fall 2021 semester, with hours from 6 pm – 2 am.

Off Campus Shuttle

Because of the budgetary constraints mentioned above, the Off-Campus Shuttle is indefinitely suspended. Transportation Services will provide off-campus transit for departments that are willing to pay; please contact Josh Fleming for details.

Branch Campuses

Washington County and Waukesha campus parking permits should be available for purchase online by faculty, staff, and students by August 2021. Faculty and staff must purchase permits to park on-campus during the school year. Branch campus permits do not allow parking in main campus parking facilities, and vice versa.

Once published, please check our rates page for pricing.