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Welcome to Kent Central Gateway

KCG is Your Gateway to Kent, Portage County, and so much more…

The Gateway is centrally located in downtown Kent at the corner of E. Erie and DePeyster Streets (201 E. Erie Street). It features a multi-story parking deck and transit center providing public transportation. Travelers can park cars, charge electric vehicles, or catch the bus to local destinations all from one convenient location.


Enjoy an easy walk from the Gateway through downtown Kent to a variety of shops and restaurants. You're also just steps away from the Kent State University Esplanade leading to the center of campus.


PARTA operates regular fixed route bus service from the Gateway connecting riders to locations in Kent and Ravenna with express service to Akron and Cleveland.

Gateway Attendant Window hours:

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*

Smart cards for fixed route bus fare and Door-to-Door tickets can be purchased during these hours.

Pass Window Hours

24 Hour Parking Rates:

Hourly Parking Rates

First 15 Minutes Free
15 Minutes to 1 hr. $1.00
1 hr. to 2 hrs. $3.00
2 hrs. to 3 hrs. $4.00
3 hrs. to 5 hrs. $5.00

5 hrs. to 8 hrs. $7.00 
8 hrs. to 24 hrs.* $10.00
*24 hrs. period resets at 3 a.m.

Parking Passes
Parking Application

Parking Passes

PARTA offers a wide variety of short or long term covered parking options to fit your needs. PARTA also offers an online validation system to area businesses.  This system allows internet based validation of parking at the Kent Central Gateway.  Make sure to ask your local business if they validate parking. *Please note NEW rate for Employee and Residential Passes as of Jan. 1, 2024.

Short Term Parking

(15 min-24 hours): $1.00-$10.00  *First 15 minutes are FREE!

Employee Passes​​​

Daily Shift Pass: (Monday-Friday)*

$48.50/month (Monday-Friday)* 5:45 a.m.- 6:45 p.m. (limited quantities available)

$65.00/month (Monday-Friday)* Any 12 hour shift (must be associated with a business)

*Weekend access can be added for an additional $10 per month

Resident Passes

Gold Tag Covered Parking (limited quantities) $114.00/month

Black Tag Uncovered Parking (limited quantities) $90.00/month

University Pass

​​Monday-Friday for semester: $225

Monday-Friday for academic year: $400 (both semesters must be paid in full)

*valid 7:15 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.

If you are interested in obtaining a monthly pass, please contact PARTA at 330-677-3432.

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