Parking Emergency?

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Hey guys, it's Andy here with another blog. Hope your week was swell.

Recently, the university sent out an email acknowledging that they know there are problems with parking. They apologized and thanked the students for their patience. Well deserved and it couldn't have come soon enough.

I some some positive and negatives from the email and I wanted to share with you all. I know a lot of students don't bother reading their emails, so I'm going to break this down in the most interesting way possible.

Positives:
  • The school actually recognized that there is a crisis. Good first step.
  • They mentioned the budget increase toward parking.
  • New parking garages are in the works, although there were no specifications.
  • Willing to waive parking tickets on a case by case basis.
  • Additional online services on the way.
  • Positive future.
Negatives:
  • Admitted there won't be a quick solution. [Seniors/juniors won't be seeing significant improvements probably]
  • Fails to recognize the crisis in detail, meaning they really need to see how bad the lots get at times.
  • Nothing about why they handed out so many parking commitments without having a good amount of spaces.
  • Still suggesting students to use alternative parking spots, which is a problem within itself. I have heard many students complain on the speed of the transportation when they park at spaces away from campus.
My quick [band-aid] solution:
  • Make another line for transportation: East to North. Whether that means more buses or additional shuttles, it could help immensely. Make sure residents don't take advantage of it during peak hours for commuters.
  • Leniency on parking stickers, meaning there are some open spaces in the parking lot that aren't legal spaces, but there's plenty of space to park there. They should let that go.
  • Would a counter work? A counter that tracks how many cars have gone in and out of a certain parking lot. Just food for thought.

That's the email in a nutshell. I realize it's an issue that we all must work toward. I hope it gets solved quickly rather than gradually. The mental annoyance commuters suffer from this is indescribable.

That's it for today, check back later! A shout out goes to my supervisor, Elaine Keough, for giving me kudos for mentioning the calendar. So here it is one more time! If you are curious as to what that is, check out my previous blogs.

Comments are appreciated and voice your opinion on this! Til next time,

Andy

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