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Welcome to Kent Central Gateway…


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

The Gateway is centrally located in downtown Kent at the corner of Main Street and Depeyster Street (201 E Erie St Kent, Ohio 44240). It provides residents a multistory parking deck to park cars or catch the bus around town. From there, it is an easy walk through downtown Kent to a multitude of shops and restaurants, or just a short walk up through the esplanade to Kent State University. PARTA also runs regular bus services from The Gateway which connects Kent to a multitude of places in Portage County, Akron, and Cleveland.

Gateway Attendant Window hours:

Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m

Saturday 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m*

Bus fares and door to door tickets can be purchased during these hours.


24 Hour 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 8 hrs $5.00
8 hrs to 24 hrs* $ 7.00
*24 hr period resets at 3am

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 for Kent Central. *Please note new rate change on Employee and Resident Passes as of January 1, 2020

Short Term Parking

(15 min-24 hours): $1.00-$7.00  *First 15 minutes are Free!

Employee Passes​​​

Daily Shift Pass: (Monday-Friday)*

$43.73/month (Monday-Friday)* 5:45 am-6:45 pm (limited quantities available)

$55.98/month (Monday-Friday)* 11am-11pm (limited quantities available)

$58.66/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) $102.84/month

Black Tag Uncovered Parking (limited quantities) $81.00/month

University Pass

​​Monday-Friday for Semester: $195

Monday-Friday for Academic Year: $350 (both semesters must be paid in full)

*valid 7:15 am – 7:15 pm

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