University of North Carolina Department of Public Safety Parking and Transit Information

Chapel Hill and UNC Campus

Halloween Road Access, Parking Lot & P2P Plan

Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

 

Table of Contents

 

 

General Overview

  Campus Parking Restrictions: Wednesday, October 31 – Thursday, November 1

  Employee Parking:  Friday Evening

  Campus Access

  Restricted Campus Parking Lots

  Closed Parking Lots

  Public Parking on Campus

  P2P Express Halloween Changes

  Town of Chapel Hill Restrictions / Road Closures

 

 

 

General Overview

 

It is the mission of UNC and the Town of Chapel Hill to create a more “Homegrown Halloween.”  The reasons for doing so center around the desire to better manage the crowd and mitigate many of the negative attributes that often come with large gatherings. 

 

“The Town of Chapel Hill observes Halloween only on Oct. 31, and does not deviate from the celebration date, no matter what day of the week it falls. This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday night. In expectation of the crowds that come to downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin Street will close at 9 p.m. and be reopened at 11:30 p.m.

 

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. 

 

 

Campus Parking 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.

 

Stadium Drive normally requires an “S4” permit Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Beginning 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 31st until Thursday, November 1st at 5 p.m., it will require a valid S4 permit.  Any vehicle without a valid “S4” permit between 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st and 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st will be ticketed and possibly towed. 

 

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

https://dpsdns68.psafety.unc.edu/cit/index.aspx

 

 

 

 

Employee Parking

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: 

Swain Lot:  Will require a valid NG1 permit until 5 p.m.  Vehicles remaining in the lot after 5:30 p.m. on Monday will be towed at the owner’s expense. (The gates will stay down at this location from Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. until Thursday at 11 p.m.).  The lot will re-open to permit holders after the Halloween festivities end and the streets re-open. 

Coates Lot:  Will require a valid N9 permit until 5:30 p.m.  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 to permit holders after the Halloween festivities end and the streets re-open. 

Porthole Lot:  Will require a valid N2 permit until 5:30 p.m.  Vehicles remaining in the lot after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday will be towed at the owner’s expense.  (The gates will stay down at this location from Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. until Thursday at 5 p.m.).  The lot will re-open to permit holders after the Halloween festivities end and the streets re-open. 

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

·         Bynum Circle

·         Caldwell Lot

·         Emerson Drive

·         Davis Drive

·         Hanes Lot

·         Old East

·         Peabody Lot

·         Steele Lot

·         Swain 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.

 

Campus Access

 

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).

  • Franklin Street: Raleigh Street to Roberson Street (approx. 9 p.m.)
  • Columbia Street: Hillsboro Street to South Road (approx. 9 p.m.)
  • Raleigh Street: East Franklin to Cameron Avenue (approx. 9 p.m.)
  • South Road: Country Club to Columbia Street (approx. 9 p.m.)
  • McCauley StreetFrom Pittsboro to Columbia and the neighborhood off Pittsboro Street(approx. 9 p.m.)
  • Stadium Drive:  From South Road to Ridge Road (as early as 5 p.m.)
  • Battle, Boundary and Park Place Streets:  Blocked at Franklin Street (approx. 6 p.m.)
  • Country Club Road:  From South Road to Cameron Avenue and from Ridge Road into the Laurel Hill neighborhood (approx. 9 p.m.)
  • Cameron AvenueFrom Country Club to Pittsboro Street (approx. 9 p.m.)
  • Bowles Drive:  The end closest to the Manning Lot will be restricted.  Only S9 permit holders will be allowed access.   No S11, BD or Business School Traffic allowed from the Manning Lot end of Bowles Drive.  (As early as 5 p.m.) 
  • Hibbard Drive:  From Manning to Mason Farm Road (approx. 6 p.m.)
  • Mason Farm Road:  From East Drive to US 15/501 and at Purefoy and Oteys along Mason Farm Road (as early as 5 p.m.)
  • Blythe Drive:  From Bowles Drive to Hibbard (as early at 5 p.m.)
  • Residential streets near downtown will be closed except to residents of those streets and their guests. (approx. 9 p.m.)

DPS recommends patrons needing access to the UNC campus use the Manning Drive and Highway 54 corridors from the east and the 15/501 and Columbia corridor from the south beginning at approximately 7 p.mAnyone planning on coming to campus after 5 p.m. should expect heavy traffic congestion and should plan accordingly. 

Restricted Campus Parking Lots

 

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. 

 

Highway 54 Lot and Bowles Lot - restricted to weekday permits 7:30 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. on Thursday or $20 public parking from 6 p.m. Wednesday until midnight.  Vehicles using the lots as a pay parking lot from 6 p.m. to midnight will need to vacate the lots by 1 a.m.    

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.

 

 

Closed Parking Lots

 

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:

  • Swain Lot (5 p.m.)
  • Morehead Lot (5 p.m.)
  • Coates Lot -also known as International Studies (5 p.m.)
  • Utility & Porthole Lots (5 p.m.)

 

 

 

Public Parking on the UNC Campus

 

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 Lot, (2) Rams Head Deck and (3) Bowles Lot.  The designated public parking lots will be open and available between 6 p.m. and midnight.  All vehicles utilizing these designated lots will need to vacate the lots by 1 a.m.  All other campus lots will be restricted and require a valid weekday parking permit or valid event permit.     

 

Highway 54 Lot- This lot is accessed via Raleigh Road from NC Highway 54 and South Road.  The School of Government at the edge of campus is the closest landmark.  Franklin Street is about 2 1/2 blocks from this lot.  This lot is part of east campus and thus within a short walking distance to Connor, Winston, Alexander, Lewis, Aycock, Graham, Stacy, Everett, Cobb and Joyner Residence Halls. 

 

Rams Head Deck This lot is accessed via Ridge Road towards the middle of campus as a whole and bordering south campus.  Franklin Street is about 3 to 3 1/2 blocks from this lot.  This lot is part of mid-campus and thus within a short walking distance to Carmichael, Teague, Parker, Avery and Whitehead Residence Halls.  It is also very close to Ehringhaus, Koury and Hardin Hall.

 

Bowles Lot This lot is accessed via Manning Drive off US 15/501 (also know as Fordham Boulevard).  The Dean E. Smith Center is the closest landmark.  This lot is a south campus parking lot and therefore within close walking distance to George Moses Horton Hall, Hinton James, Ram Village, Koury, Ehringhaus North, Craige South, and Craige North residence halls. 

 

 

Halloween P2P Express Campus Shuttle Information

Attention:  P2P Route Change for Halloween Only

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 Raleigh Street , Franklin Street, and Columbia Street . 

 

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: 

  • Swain Hall,
  • Stops along Rosemary or Franklin Streets, and
  • Stops along Raleigh Street north of Cameron Avenue 

 

P2P Express WILL stop at the following extra stops on Halloween night only: 

 

  • Bowles Drive just below Hinton James Residence Hall, and
  • Cameron Avenue across from the Old Well. 

 

P2P Express WILL serve the following normal stops on the opposite side of the roadway from the traditional stop: 

 

  • Mason Farm Road at East Drive, and
  • Hibbard Drive.

For complete P2P Shuttle information, visit the UNC Public Safety website at

 http://www.dps.unc.edu/NewsLinks/HalloweenWeb/HalloweenP2P.pdf.

(This Link Includes a Halloween P2P Route Map)

UNC 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. 

Town of Chapel Hill Street Parking, and Chapel Hill Transit Information

Town of Chapel Hill Police * 828 Airport Road * Chapel Hill, NC * 27514

(919) 968-2760

Fax (919) 968-2846

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 Chapel Hill.

Key traffic lanes will be reduced to make it more difficult to enter Chapel Hill.

Street Closures:
The following downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31:

  • Franklin Street: Raleigh Street to Roberson Street
  • Columbia Street: Hillsboro Street to South Road
  • Raleigh Street: East Franklin to Cameron Avenue
  • South Road: Country Club to Pittsboro Street
  • McCauley StreetFrom Pittsboro to Columbia and the neighborhood off Pittsboro Street
  • Stadium Drive:  From South Road to Ridge Road
  • Battle, Boundary and Park Place:  Blocked at Franklin Street
  • Country Club Road:  From South Road to Cameron Avenue and from Ridge Road into the Laurel Hill neighborhood
  • Cameron AvenueFrom Country Club to Pittsboro Street
  • Residential streets near downtown will be closed except to residents of those streets and their guests.

 

Parking:

  • All Vehicles parked inside of the festival area will be towed beginning as early as 3 p.m.
  • Parking will not be allowed on streets in or near downtown Chapel Hill.
  • Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $200.

 

Prohibited Items:
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:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Weapons
  • Glass Bottles
  • Paint
  • Fireworks and Explosives
  • Flammable Substances
  • Animals
  • Coolers

 

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:

http://bit.ly/SJbuGZ

 

 

Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) Adjustments for Halloween Evening:

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:

 

  • D Route will end at 8:43 p.m. at the Sagebrook Apartments
  • J Route will end at 8:56 p.m. at the Rock Creek Apartments
  • NS Route will end at 8:38 p.m. at Eubanks Park and Ride
  • NU Route will end at 8:29 p.m. at RR Lot
  • EZ Rider service will end at 8:30 p.m. 

 

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 Downtown/Franklin Street area.  

  • Safe T - pick up and drop off from Chapel Hill Town Hall 
  • Safe J - pick up and drop off from Passport Motors (Franklin Street at Graham Street)
  • Safe G - pick up and drop off from Columbia Street at Sitterson Hall across from Carolina Inn

 

For further information (including a link to a map of the Safe Ride routes), visit the following website:

http://bit.ly/SipAwK

For more information, contact Chapel Hill Transit at (919) 968-2769.