Parking and Navigation Plans to Ease CSUN Commutes

  • B3 parking structure.

    California State University, Northridge Parking and Transportation Services has launched a real-time parking monitoring system that will include space-availability displays in the B5, G3 and B3 parking structure (pictured). Photo by Patricia Carrillo.

This fall and in the coming years, it will be easier to travel to and park on campus due to new projects in the works from California State University, Northridge Parking and Transportation Services.

Construction began this summer on a brand-new, 1,500-space G6 Parking Structure, located near the Student Recreation Center and Matador Soccer Field, off Zelzah Avenue and Plummer St. The new structure is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020, and it’s designed to ease congestion and improve traffic flow on the east side of campus.

The new structure’s features will include an entrance/exit aligned with the Zelzah/Plummer intersection; extended entrance/exit queue lanes to mitigate traffic congestion in and out of the structure; additional spaces for electric vehicle charging stations; bicycle and scooter storage; and dual-level, energy-efficient LED lighting.

Another new project, just launched: A real-time parking monitoring system that will include space-availability displays in the B3, B5 and G3 parking structures.

Parking and Transportation Services is rolling out the real-time monitoring system in two phases: The first (which is up and running), added real-time parking monitoring to the CSUN mobile app. The parking monitoring feature is located under “Getting Around Campus,” “Find Parking.” The second phase of the monitoring system, the digital signs displaying real-time counts of available parking spaces, will be added on the front of each of the parking structures. The signs are scheduled for installation mid-semester.

CSUN commuters will be able to drive directly to open parking spaces, and university officials hope this will help reduce the carbon emissions produced by circling and idling vehicles on campus. The app feature is designed with driver safety in mind, and is not meant for use by drivers while their vehicle is in motion.

CSUN also plans to add three more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at parking structures F2 and B6 during the 2018-19 academic year.

The university also offers the MobileNOW app, where drivers can pay for daily and hourly parking via their smartphone. The app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play stores.

CSUN students, staff and faculty can now purchase annual and semester permits online via the campus portal. Employees, students and visitors can pay for daily and hourly parking via the new smartphone app, MobileNOW, available on iTunes and Google Play stores. Finally, Matadors can submit guest parking permit requests via the online chargeback parking permit system.

Find out more about new and ongoing CSUN parking projects at

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