MORGANTOWN , W.Va.A rate increase for parking citations will take affect Wednesday, July 1 at West Virginia University, and hourly rates for parking in short-term lots will go up as well.

One of the purposes for the parking-citation increase is to provide a deterrent to persons that park in University lots without a parking permit.

These rate increases will help regulate and reduce the number of illegal parkers that congest our parking lots. They take parking away from those that have purchased a parking permit for their respective parking area. Our citation and towing rates have always been very low compared to other large universities,said Eric Rosie, assistant director of parking at WVU .

Even with the increase, citation rates at WVU will continue to be one of the lowest out of any of the Universitys peer institutions. To view the comparison of the new citation rates with other universities, go to .

The increase in hourly rates for the short-term lot at the Mountainlair will go from $.75 per hour to $1.00 per hour with all other short-term lots going from $.50 per hour to $.75 per hour. These changes are reflective of the recommendations contained in the WVU Transportation and Parking Plan ( ).

Two other changes in the short-term parking policy include an increase in the citation rate to $20 per incident for failure to display a valid short-term parking permit and the short-term towing policy will change so that people with 10 or more unpaid citations in any lot are subject to being towed.

Revenues generated from these changes will be used for parking lot maintenance and to promote the WE GO ! alternative transportation programs including access to the PRT and Mountain Line services, carpool/vanpool programs and the occasional parker program. For more information on the WE GO ! Program, visit .

For additional information on these citation and short-term parking rates, please contact the parking management office at (304) 293-5502 or visit the website at .