University of North Carolina Department of Public Safety Parking and Transit Information
Halloween Road Access, Parking Lot & P2P Plan
Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
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It is the mission of UNC and the Town of
“The Town of
In the past, the event has attracted an enormous crowd (upwards of 80,000 in 2007). Confined in the downtown area, this large gathering presents many public safety concerns related to personal and property crime, crowd panic and large scale civil disorders. Additional concerns focus on alcohol poisoning and gang-related violence. All of which spills over onto the University campus and adjacent neighborhoods.”
Thus, both the Town of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are implementing several tactics aimed at keeping the crowd size to a minimum. On the UNC campus, one of the primary tactics includes restricting access to campus and extending the parking permit regulations.
Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
All parking regulations plus several temporary parking restrictions will be in effect from Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. throughThursday, November 1, 2012 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (depending on the lot).
PERMIT REGULATIONS will be implemented for Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. on November 1st for ALL weekday permitted lots with a few exceptions. On Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., several lots will be specially monitored and restricted for employees and graduate students reporting to work and/or class, but not having valid weekday permits. For those lots only, valid UNC ID’s will be required for employees and students reporting to work, going to the library, going to class or checking on lab experiments.
Vehicles not having a valid lot permit between 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. on Thursday will be ticketed and possibly towed, unless parked in the lots deemed as exceptions during the allowed hours.
The Ehringhaus “K” Lot which normally requires a “K” permit Monday – Friday during permit hours, will require a valid “K” permit from 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 31st thru 9 p.m., Thursday, November 1st. Any vehicle without a valid “K” permit between 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st and 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st will be ticketed and possibly towed.
The restrictions illustrated by these examples will apply to all permitted lots and all normal reserved spaces that are not already 24 hour spaces.
UNC Halloween visitors are discouraged. However, Halloween visitors coming to campus should NOT come to campus prior to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012. There will be no parking available for Halloween guests until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. At that time, parking will be $20 and limited to only a few designated lots on the middle and south sides of campus (See Public Parking Section).
Parking Control Officers and tow trucks will be on duty on campus throughout the day and evening of October 31st, including the wee hours of the morning.
Illegally parked vehicles on the UNC campus on Halloween will be cited and towed at the owner's expense; including vehicles parked on the sidewalks, landscape, in fire lanes, in reserved spaces, and in restricted areas, etc.
Payment for the citation and the tow, and any outstanding balances owed to the UNC Department of Public Safety, WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE THE VEHICLE WILL BE RELEASED.
Towing fees range from $90 to $200 and citations range from $20 to $250. Only debit and credit card payments will be accepted from 5p.m. Wednesday, October 31st until 8 a.m., Thursday, November 1st. Debit and credit card payments will only be accepted if debt is paid on line prior to contacting the Department of Public Safety for release of the vehicle. On-line payments can be made at
Wednesday, October 31st – Thursday, November 1st
Although most campus lots will require a weekday permit from 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2012 until 5 p.m. or 9 p.m., Thursday, November 1, 2012, several lots will be monitored and made available to evening employees and students without weekday permits. However, some of lots will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle parking between 3 p.m. on Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday.
The following lots will require a valid employee permit 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2012. However, they MUST BE CLEAR OF ALL VEHICLES by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense:
The Morehead Lot will function as a normal parking lot from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Vehicles remaining in the lot after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday will be towed at the owner’s expense. The lot will re-open after the Halloween festivities end and the streets re-open.
The following lots will require a valid employee permit 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 until 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Once the streets close around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, the lots will not be accessible until the streets re-open around 11:30 p.m. Any legally parked vehicle within the lot after 9 p.m. may remain in the lot or leave as needed.
· Arboretum Lane
· Hanes Lot
· Old East
· Steele Lot
The following lots will require a valid employee permit 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or a valid UNC One Card 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2012. After 9 p.m., the lots will be closed to all traffic until the streets re-open around 11:30 p.m. to midnight.
· Nash Lot:
· Cobb Deck:
· McCauley Deck:
The Dogwood Deck will be available to employees reporting to work from 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012 until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012.
The Bell Tower Deck will be available to employees reporting to work or students reporting to class from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Access will require a valid UNC One Card. Once the streets close at 9 p.m., the deck will NOT be accessible again until the streets re-open.
Unless otherwise noted, ALL other lots on the main part of campus will require a valid weekday permit from 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012 thru 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2012.
As part of the overall safety plan being implemented for Halloween evening, access to the UNC campus will be restricted at several key locations on October 31, 2012, beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m. and/or 8:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. unless noted below).
DPS recommends patrons needing access to the UNC campus
To accommodate the Town of Chapel Hill plan for Halloween, UNC Public Safety's Emergency Access plan, as well as employees working on north campus and the general campus population, several lots will be screened or closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Halloween.
All Permitted Lots - restricted to valid lot permit holders 7:30 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. on Thursday, when they resume normal operation. Vehicles without valid permits will be cited until 5 p.m. and then cited and towed at the owner’s expense unless they meet the requirements established by DPS for exceptions.
Rams Head Deck – The deck will operate as normal on Wednesday until 5 p.m. Beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday until 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the deck will be reserved and operate in event mode - $20 event parking or RD permit holder parking only. Normal operations resume at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning. Anyone remaining in the lot after 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1st will be charged the normal hourly rate of $1.50 per hour (no maximum) from 12:30 a.m. onward.
Public Safety Lot – Reserved for S1 permit holders, Public Safety operations staff and emergency vehicles only beginning 7:30 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. on Thursday.
UNC Hospitals employee ID's and UNC Employee ID’s will be honored in the Dogwood Deck from 5 p.m. on Wednesday until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Several campus parking lots will close at 5 p.m. on Halloween night as part of the overall safety operation. Vehicles remaining in these lots after 5:30 p.m. will be towed at the owner’s expense. Normal operations will resume on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. The following lots will be closed:
The University strongly discourages visitors from coming to campus on Halloween. Most parking lots will require a valid campus parking permit.
However, several parking lots will
be designated as $20 public parking for evening: (1) Highway 54
Rams Head Deck – This
lot is accessed via
Bowles Lot – This
lot is accessed via
The Point-to-Point Express campus shuttles will
run during their normal hours on Halloween night. However, the route will be modified due to
the closing of portions of
On Halloween ONLY, the P2P Express shuttles will run in the opposite direction (clockwise) of normal service. Also, rather than traveling on Rosemary and Franklin Streets, the route will travel east along Cameron Avenue before turning right onto Raleigh Street.
P2P Express will NOT serve the following normal stops:
P2P Express WILL stop at the following extra stops on Halloween night only:
P2P Express WILL serve the following normal stops on the opposite side of the roadway from the traditional stop:
For complete P2P Shuttle information, visit the UNC Public Safety website at
(This Link Includes a Halloween
Students seeking to ride the P2P shuttles must
abide by all safety policies and or procedures for riding P2P, including
ensuring costumes do not violate Town of Chapel Hill Costume policies. P2P safety guidelines will be strictly
enforced for the evening, including rules relating to maximum capacity.
Patrons not abiding by all rules will be prohibited from riding or will be removed from the shuttles. Failure to abide by all P2P, Town of Chapel Hill, state and federal policies may also result in Honor Court proceedings, police detainment and / or arrest.
The Town will NOT provide shuttle bus service from four Park-and-Ride Lots this year.
Out of Town patrons are encouraged to stay at home or go
somewhere other than
Key traffic lanes will be reduced to make it more difficult to
The following downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31:
Alcohol will not be permitted in the area where traffic is blocked. Open containers of alcohol and coolers are not permitted on any public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way. Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers will be enforcing state laws and local ordinances concerning alcohol possession and consumption.
Town ordinances and state statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:
Items, even as part of a costume, which can be used as weapons or look like weapons will be confiscated. This includes items made of wood, metal, cardboard or hard plastic. For a list of all rules, restrictions, and street closings, transit changes, as well as press releases and statistics, visit the link through the Town of Chapel Hill website at:
CHT will adjust some routes and schedules the evening of Wednesday, October 31, 2012, to accommodate the Halloween celebration on Franklin Street. The following schedule modifications will be in effect:
All other routes will operate on regular routes and published schedules, although minor delays
may occur due to increased traffic.
Please be advised that due to road closures and traffic pattern changes, CHT may be unable to operate published schedules for these routes.
Safe Ride buses
will operate from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., along detoured routes.
Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the
safety of students. Safe Rides will not serve the
For further information (including a link to a map of the Safe Ride routes), visit the following website:
For more information, contact Chapel Hill Transit at (919) 968-2769.