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Daily Decision Parking Option

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Make Parking a Daily Decision

Community members, visitors, and vendors now have more options to choose from when making their daily decision on where to park and how to pay, with greater flexibility than most traditional annual permits allow.

Flexible, Economical, Self-Service Parking Option

In order to accommodate the “new normal” of flex- and remote-work and class schedules, Cornell University has implemented the Daily Decision parking option. Anyone needing only occasional access to campus can opt to use ParkMobile to purchase a low-cost, virtual parking permit for as little as $.65 plus the ParkMobile fee in select zones.

Three Ways to Pay!

Choose the method that works for you:

Getting Started

  1. Set up a parking account with at least one license plate and a method of payment. Accounts can also be set up online at In a hurry? Simply text the word PARK to 77223 and start a session without creating an account.

  2. Park: Low-Cost Daily Decision parking is located all around campus. All other ParkMobile zones are charged at the normal hourly or daily rate.

  3. Pay: Start a parking session using the mobile app, website, or text PARK to 77223.
  4. Go: That's it! Parking sessions in most zones can be extended 15 minutes before expiration.

In addition to Daily Decision parking, community members can continue to take advantage of free and reduced-fee, county-wide public transit using TCAT, reduced-fee RideShare permit options, discounted Ithaca Carshare memberships, and more. For additional assistance, contact Transportation Services to schedule an appointment with a Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) ambassador.

Daily Decision Frequently Asked Questions

What's new?

When did the pilot program begin?

The Daily Decision ParkMobile pilot began in August 2020 and was expanded in October 2020 in response to community demand.

Will the price for Daily Decision ParkMobile zones increase?

Future pricing (both increases and decreases) will depend on occupancy, demand, and other factors that impact parking availability and desirability. Rate increases will be announced on this page, and by signs posted at the entrances to the affected parking zones. 

How is Daily Decision parking different from other short-term options?

Daily Decision ParkMobile zones located on the periphery of campus are priced at a significantly discounted rate. Daily Decision zones located closer to the center of campus are priced a little higher. These zones are available to everyone and are in addition to other short-term ParkMobile and pay station parking options. High-demand parking lots are intended for short-term use where people pay for the location and convenience.

Is Daily Decision only for faculty and staff?

Daily Decision ParkMobile zones are available to everyone on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. While this includes vendors, students, and visitors to campus, it's important to remember that access to campus by individuals not part of the Cornell community is currently restricted and strongly discouraged. See:

Are other current ParkMobile zones being reduced in price?

Not at this time. ParkMobile zones are priced according to demand. We identified low-demand parking lots able to absorb additional capacity for use as Daily Decision parking.

Will I be able to use my annual parking permit in a Daily Decision lot?

Unless signed otherwise, ParkMobile zones are generally available for both permit and mobile-payment parking. Please review the permit and payment restrictions posted at the entrance to the lot.