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.

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. EMS daily reservations and Sandburg Friday through Monday passes will also 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.

Faculty/staff may qualify for Parking & Transit Accounts. This allows you to take advantage of pre-tax payroll deductions to reduce your taxable income and save you money while paying for hourly or daily parking. This program is a benefit provided by the UW System. Transportation Services is not involved in its administration. Please contact Human Resources for more information.

Hourly Rates

Hourly parking rates via Parkmobile have changed for most lots starting on August 1, 2021. See the rates page for more information.

Debit Account Rates

Rates for debit accounts will change on September 1, 2021. Charges will no longer be capped at $6 a session. Rather, the maximum charge will reflect the garage’s general fee schedule. See the debit and rates page for more information.

Lot Closures

Klotsche surface lot will be closed permanently on Monday, 9/13, as the new athletics training center will be built on that location. Sciences surface lot will close later the academic year as a chemistry building will be built there, likely December 2021 or January 2022. (Pavilion Garage will remain open, but the Downer Ave. access will be closed for the duration of the Klotsche construction project, which has an end date of December 2022. The Edgewood Ave. entrance/exit will remain accessible.) 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.)

On-Street Parking

UWM offers paid parking on campus, but the City of Milwaukee controls all the street parking; they have different restrictions depending on the location of your residence. Most residences around UWM are considered Commuter Impacted Residential areas and require a valid WI driver’s license with the same address as the residence. See the links below.

Main Campus Transit


The U-PASS program for the Fall 2021 will operate as usual. You can submit the U-PASS Activation Form to get a new U-PASS, reactivate an old one, and purchase a replacement. Once submitted, please allow two business days for processing. You will receive an email when it is ready for pick-up. You must bring a student ID (or other photo ID, such as a driver’s license) to pick it up at Transportation Services’ offices (Union WG25). Our customer service desk is open from 8 am to 4:15 pm, Monday through Friday.

Not sure if your U-PASS is working? You can follow our troubleshooting guide to make sure you can use the bus.

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.

Faculty/staff may qualify for Parking & Transit Accounts. Transit accounts can be used to pay for fare and daily passes on MCTS buses, including M-Cards and the MCTS app. This allows you to take advantage of pre-tax payroll deductions to reduce your taxable income and save you money. This program is a benefit provided by the UW System. Transportation Services is not involved in its administration. Please contact Human Resources for more information.

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

Transportation Services is making plans regarding transit from the main Milwaukee campuses to satellite campuses in the city. 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 on August 2, 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.