Parking Services

Parking Garage

An aerial view of the Abromson Community Education Center and the parking garage

Parking Garage Location

The University of Southern Maine (USM) Parking Garage is located at 88 Bedford Street, attached to the Abromson Community Education Center, in the back facing I-295 side. The entrance is found on the side street of Surrenden St., closest to the Skywalk, off of Bedford St. side. In the garage there are 1,155 parking spaces — 920 of which are covered.

⇒ If you have not been to USM Parking Garage in a while, you will see some changes, including a new ticketing system that was installed in 2019 for the parking garage. You must either take a ticket (touch the screen in the blue highlighted box) or have a valid and current parking permit (hang tag) to enter the Garage.

*** As always, when in doubt, take a ticket (touch the screen in the blue highlighted box) to enter the Garage or use the Call Help button located on the ticket machine (please do not back out all the way out), park in a parking spot then come and talk with us. Backing out or not parking in a parking spot may possibly cause an accident and we do not want anyone hurt! *** 

⇒ Updated Information as of 4/2/2021 - Beware with the ongoing construction of the Portland Campus Development Project, parking on the Portland Campus for anyone will be limited. Do make the necessary time adjustments in locating a parking spot as not to be late for your class or appointment. More information can be found on their webpage as the construction developments. 

Reminder: The Parking Garage is closed on weekends, federal holidays, and when USM is closed. 

Access to your vehicle when the Garage is closed:

  • You will need to contact USM Public Safety at 207-780-5211. 
    • You may have to wait until the Officer on Duty is available to let you in and out with your vehicle. 
  • You may be charged $25 for the after hours fee. This fee will be collected in cash or check only to the Officer on Duty. 

Quick Parking Garage Information 

  • If you do not have a current and valid parking permit, then you must take a ticket (touch the screen in the blue highlighted box) to enter the Garage.
  • The first 29 minutes are free. If we say Exit Gates are open that means you do not need to pay to exit the Garage. A sign will be located to the right of ticket machine on a display 
  • When Entering and Exiting, proceed slowing as you do not know what you may come into.  
  • Pedestrians are not permitted to enter or exit through the vehicle entry and exit gates of the Portland Parking Garage.
  • There is signage throughout the Parking Garage from entering, driving in the garage, and exiting. You will see them hanging down from the top of the floors, painted on floor, or a physical sign. It is your responsibility to follow the signage information. If any accidents or injuries cause by not following the signage information is not the responsibility of University of Southern Maine.
  • The display of a USM parking permit does not guarantee a place to park during peak traffic periods.
  • During peak traffic periods, there may be a line in exiting the Garage. Be patience, from Level 4 of the Garage to getting to Forest Avenue, takes around 10 minutes. Also, Parking Services nor Public Safety has no control over traffic around the Portland Campus due to City of Portland traffic lights on Forest Avenue or the roundabout on Brighton Avenue.  

 

Parking Garage: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Did you know?

During the weekend, when the Parking Garage is closed, you may park in the following surface lots during the day. Remember, no overnight parking in any Portland sufaces lots. 

  • P1 (Next to Luther Bonney)
  • P3 (Behind Parking Garage) [Closing Winter 2021 for new Garage.]
  • P6 (Next to the Law School)
  • P9 (In front of Sullivan Gym)
  • P10 (Next to Payson Smith)
  • P13 (Behind Wishcamper and next to Glickman Library) 

Make sure you still follow Parking Rules & Regulations, or else you may get a citation or towed! 

For the public: A fee of $2 per hour (up to a maximum of $20 per day) will accrue during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a competitive parking rate within the City of Portland.

Prospective students and their families and volunteers: No cost for parking. The office or department you are visiting will give you a validation or a redeemable coupon to use to waive your parking fee. Please take this validation/coupon with your ticket to the Parking Office, on Level 1 Lobby, before you leave to exit the garage for free. 

For current students and employees, garage entry and exit requires a parking permit (hang tag) which will open the gate arms automatically (similar to the E-Z Pass electronic toll system). 

For OLLI students, either purchase a parking permit (hang tag) or pay the public parking rates. 

There is no charge for parking between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Before 5:00 p.m., the first 29 minutes are free.  

There is a charge for overnight parking, except during snow bans. 

During snow bans, there is no charge to the public for vehicles entering after 5:00 p.m. and exiting before 8:00 a.m. the following morning. If vehicles are not removed by 8:00 a.m., charges will begin accruing.

Please note: The Parking Garage is closed on weekends, federal holidays, and when USM is closed.

You will take a ticket (touch the screen in the blue highlighted box) upon entry to the Garage. Before your vehicle can exit the Garage, you must pay for your ticket before leaving

Credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, and Visa) are accepted at Pay-On-Foot Stations located on the 1st and 2nd floors of Abromson Community Education Center near the bathrooms and the Ground Level door of the Parking Garage facing Glickman Family Library. 

Cash in bill format, check, or credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, and Visa) are accepted at the Parking Office in the Parking Garage Lobby on Level One.

  • The Garage is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • There is no charge for those with a valid and current parking permit.
    • There is no charge for the first 29 mintues before 5:00 p.m.
    • There is no charge for parking between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    • There is a charge for overnight parking, except during snow bans, for those without a current and valid parking permit. 
  • During snow bans, there is no charge to the public for vehicles entering after 5:00 p.m. and exiting before 8:00 a.m. the next morning. If vehicles are not removed by 8:00 a.m., charges will begin accruing.
  • Please note: The parking garage is closed on weekends, federal holidays, and during school closures, delays, and cancellations.
  • University students and employees can park overnight (short-term) on the Ground Level of the Parking Garage and must also display a valid USM parking permit.
  • The parking garage closes at 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • The parking garage entrance closes around 10:30 p.m.  
  • The parking garage exit closes at 11:00 p.m.  
    • There is a charge for overnight parking, except during snow bans, if you do not have a valid parking permit.
  • The parking garage is closed on weekends, federal holidays, and during school closures, delays, and cancellations.

Access to your vehicle when the Garage is closed:

  • You will need to contact USM Public Safety at 207-780-5211. 
    • You may have to wait until the Officer on Duty is available to let you in and out with your vehicle. 
  • You may be charged $25 for the after hours fee. This fee will be collected in cash or check only to the Officer on Duty. 

University students, faculty, and staff can park overnight (short-term) on the ground level of the parking garage and must also display a valid USM parking permit.

Park on Ground Level of the Parking Garage, away from any openings to the outside, with a valid parking permit on display. If those areas are full, you may go up to the next level, again away from any openings.

Please note: The parking garage is closed on the weekends, and your vehicle will be locked in. After-hours requests to open the parking garage will incur a $25.00 fee.

 Access to your vehicle when the Garage is closed:

  • You will need to contact USM Public Safety at 207-780-5211. 
    • You may have to wait until the Officer on Duty is available to let you in and out with your vehicle. 
  • You may be charged $25 for the after hours fee. This fee will be collected in cash or check only to the Officer on Duty.  

Portland: Park in the Parking Garage. Take a ticket (touch the screen in the blue highlighted box) when you enter. You may stop by the Parking Services Office in Portland to receive a print out QR code for Garage parking to leave.

Gorham: In Gorham, you must have your parking pemit to park. You may park in the Parking Garage in Portland and take the Husky Line to Gorham and back. 

Reminder: Failure to display a vaild parking permit will result in a parking citation of $25. 

Yes, on the Portland Campus at the entrance of the Parking Garage on the outside wall. The entrance is off Surrenden Street from Bedford Street. 

This station can be used by our students, employees, and visitors to University of Southern Maine campus.

The charger is a Level 2, 4 amp, 240 volt, with a 25 foot long cord and has a universal charge connector that works with most electric vehicles. If the universal charger does not work with your vehicle, check with your vehicle’s manufacturer, who may have a universal charger adapter you can buy to use with our chargers.

You do not need a Plug Share account for using it, but you do need to follow University of Southern Maine’s rules and guidelines along with the following.

  • There is a 2 hour charging limit at a time. You cannot be plugged in all day! Even on weekends.
  • You must unplug after the 2 hours to allow the next person to use the charging station.
  • Please plug in the next person in line, who has their port open, after you have unplugged.
  • After the next person in line has their 2 hours and if no one is next, you can plug in again for another 2 hours. Again, be aware of your charging time limits.
    • If you have a newer vehicle that locks the charger into the port and no one can unplug you then you must be aware of your charging times at all times.
  • If you do not want to follow the rules outlined by Parking Services, then do not use it!
  • If you harass anyone who unplugs you after waiting for your 2 hour limit to be up, you will be reported to the police. You will receive a letter from us, as well, informing you of the fact you are not allowed to use this Charger again. Harassment (Including any destruction) in any form will not be tolerated.
  • If you do not unplug after the 2 hour limit or if you stay plugged in long after the 2 hours or harass anyone, your vehicle will be reported to us and placed on our No-park List and subject to being towed at your expense!

Do note: You do not have permission to use the Charging Station inside the Garage. This Charging Station and the parking spot in front of it is reserved for a Special Permit Holder. When not in use, please see Parking Services Office for permission.   

Parking Services will make every effort to work with you, so when in doubt, please come see us! 

When parking during a Snow Ban in the Parking Garage:

  • Do not park near any openings as this prevents the removal of snow and any storm debris that may be needed.
    • Vehicles parked on Level 4 of the Parking Garage during a ban may be fined and/or towed for obstructing snow removal.
  • Vehicles are to park on the Ground Level of the garage away from any openings.
    • If full, you may move up one level, again not near any openings. 
  • For USM students/employees: Hangtags are required and to be displayed correctly at all times.
  • For members of the community: There is no charge to the public for vehicles entering after 5:00 p.m. when the Garage is open and exiting before 8:00 a.m. the following morning or next business day that USM opens on. If vehicles are not removed by 8:00 a.m., parking fees will begin accruing. 

Please note:

The parking garage is closed on weekends and when USM is closed.

If the University closes due to weather conditions, the garage will also close; usually one hour after the University closes. All vehicles intending to park for the length of the ban must be in the garage when it closes, if the University is closed the following day the garage will also be closed. The Garage will reopen when the University reopens on the next business day.

Access to your vehicle when the Garage is closed:

  • You will need to contact USM Public Safety at 207-780-5211. 
    • You may have to wait until the Officer on Duty is available to let you in and out with your vehicle. 
  • You may be charged $25 for the after hours fee. This fee will be collected in cash or check only to the Officer on Duty.  

For select events, staff will be available at the exit gates to help speed up the exiting process.

Please note: Delays exiting the garage are often due to the traffic lights at the corner of Bedford Street and Forest Avenue. Parking Services or Public Safety have no control over these City of Portland's traffic lights. 

Yes. Reduced parking rates and weekend hours require department- or Cabinet-level approval. Negotiations must be arranged through the parking supervisor in advance for daytime or weekend events. Contact us for more information or to arrange special rates or hours.

This webpage was updated on 08/26/2021.