About NCSU Transportation

Transportation Operations

  • Management of a 19,000 parking space inventory
  • Parking services
  • Campus transit services
  • Transportation alternatives
  • Operation and maintenance of parking facilities for vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles
  • Parking citation review and adjudication
  • Coordination of campus event parking

Transportation is authorized by the NC State University Board of Trustees.

View NC State Parking and Transportation Ordinances


Bird's eye view of campus, streets, parking

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the NC State University community by providing seamless and sustainable transportation systems with excellent customer service.

We are committed to:

  • Proactive and cooperative planning of transportation services and facilities to support the University's Master Plan and future programs.
  • Forming partnerships within the University and with our neighbors to effect positive change.
  • Responsible, effective and efficient use of revenues and resources in the provision of services and facilities.
  • Providing proper care and maintenance to transportation infrastructure and facilities.
  • Managing a parking system that affords reasonable convenience and access for employees, students, visitors and service providers.
  • Providing accurate and timely information to the campus community and guests.
  • Providing parking enforcement that promotes voluntary compliance with parking regulations and assures effective management of the parking system.
  • Offering a variety of alternative travel modes to the single occupancy vehicle on campus to reduce vehicle congestion and emissions.
  • Continuously seeking feedback from our customers to measure success and improve services.

Our Vision

Transportation will provide exceptional and professional services through challenging and empowering our staff to continuously improve systems, processes and procedures. As a department, and as individuals, we will establish ourselves as integral and contributing members of the University who continually strive to meet the dynamic and diverse transportation needs of our community.

Our Values

Our employees are our greatest asset. Their knowledge, individualism and diversity strengthens our organization. We will provide them with the tools they need to carry out their respective duties and will encourage them with clear vision, constructive feedback and coaching. Only by ensuring their individual successes will we ensure the success of our organization.

customer service

Annual Report Update 2015-2016

At a Glance

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Transportation Finances

Where Does the Money Come From?...How Do We Use It?

NCSU Transportation is totally receipts supported and does not receive funding from any other source; we do not receive any appropriated money.

Meeting Parking Demand

As the University has grown, the parking system has also grown to accommodate increased need. The parking space inventory is approximately 19,000 spaces. The majority of any new spaces are in parking decks, which require more extensive and expensive maintenance (structural checks, lighting, etc.)

Funding Levels Equal Service Levels

The level of service provided is contingent on the level of funding. From monies collected, Transportation administers parking services, campus transit, and maintains all parking lots and decks including paving, repairs, snow removal, and lighting.

Revenues are derived primarily from the sale of parking permits, pay lots, parking meters, and the student transit fee.

Transportation Revenues
Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2016

Revenues Pie Chart


Source Amount Percentage
Parking Revenues 8,686,310 61.9%
Transit Grant 350,000 2.49%
Student Activity Fees 4,922,118 35.08%
Miscellaneous Revenues 73,701 0.53%
Total Revenues $14,032,129 100.0%

Transportation Expenditures
Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2016

Expenese Pie Chart


Source Amount Percentage
Transit Expense 5,793,381 46.62%
Projects / Renovations 1,089,188 8.76%
Operating Expenses 4,969,561 39.99%
Debt 575,000 4.63%
Total Expenses $12,427,130 100.0%

Transportation Staff Resources

Transportation Planning

Physical Master Plan: The University master plan outlines a vision for infrastructure improvements in all campus precincts, including the campus transportation network. The 2014 NC State University Physical Master Plan: A Campus of Neighborhoods and Paths provides design guidelines for pedestrian, vehicular and transit paths, as well as parking. This master plan acts as a foundation for shaping current and future transportation projects and is updated regularly as new campus development occurs.

2012 Campus Mobility Plan: NCSU Transportation initiated a plan to look at 10-year implementation options and funding needs for the campus mobility system. Action plans and phasing recommendations focused on the Wolfline transit system's capacity to handle future demand, service hour growth, route revisions, fleet characteristics, park & ride transfer facility needs, and benefits from future road access controls and/or new construction.

Monthly Performance Review: Wolfline transit operations are monitored on a regular basis. In addition to monthly performance reports, planning evaluations are conducted prior to every semester in order to make appropriate changes to Fall, Spring and Summer transit routes and schedules.

Roadways and Traffic Management: NCSU Transportation oversees traffic operations on all campus roadways, including intersection signalization, traffic speed and control signage. The department also manages gated access to certain parking facilities and campus roads. Examples of planning and project work which the department directs on an ongoing basis include:

  • On-road sample annual counts and analysis of traffic levels and speeds
  • Traffic control signage needs
  • Accident patterns

Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility: The Campus Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan strives to create more opportunities for bikeability and walkability at NC State. The Plan includes an implementation plan for recommended infrastructure improvements, and also covers topics such as enforcement and outreach.

Parking Supply and Siting: NCSU Transportation assists in the development of short and long-term parking plans in response to specific requests ranging from permit redesignation of existing parking spaces to impacts of major construction projects displacing or adding parking capacity on campus, thereby altering parking opportunities (and behavior) for our everyday customers.

NCSU Transportation works closely with Capital Project Management, Design and Construction services, Office of the University Architect in reviewing all phases of planning for capital projects on campus. In addition, we annually update the parking inventory of nearly 19,000 parking spaces.

Sustainability: Transportation represents a key component of NC State's commitment to develop and implement a strategic campus sustainability plan that complements longer term approaches to reduce greenhouse gases and the University's carbon footprint. NCSU Transportation currently serves on the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team (CEST) and is chair of the Transportation Sustainability Workgroup. Implementation strategies and tactics have been implemented for transportation-related elements of the Plan and are monitored annually.

Regional Partnerships: The NCSU Transportation regularly conducts short and long-range planning studies and operations evaluations. Transportation also serves as a partner on regional transportation planning studies impacting the University. These include multi-modal forums and technical studies with regional partners such as the City of Raleigh, Wake County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).