By Abby Williams
With freshman entering the University there are so many decisions to make-living in an apartment or the dorms, whether or not to have a roommate and so on. But what about transportation? How will the “rookies” of the University get to school?
More and more students are taking the bus, walking or carpooling to campus instead of driving their cars.
“It’s up to the student,” said Melissa Logan, office manager of Parking Services “A lot of people are now using the Bronco Shuttle as well as the city buses, because parking passes are so expensive.”
Parking at the University is quite expensive. In order to go to school all year (this includes fall semester, spring semester, summer I and summer II) the price for a parking pass is $300. If a student wants to pay only one semester at a time they can pay $180 for the fall semester and $120 for the spring semester. This upgrade will allow students to not have to purchase a parking pass for summer I and summer II.
As for alternatives for parking, any student can obtain a one-day pass or a weekly pass. The daily passes are $5 and the weekly passes are $15. These passes can be obtained through parking services and the campus police.
Along with parking passes, a student needs a place to park.
“It depends on where the student lives,” said Logan “W-Lots are for commuting students,” those that do not live on campus. The apartments have their own lots with valid permits, if a student lives in the dorms then they have specific lots, The Valley’s have F -Lots and K-Lots.”
It is important that students get parking passes in order to avoid costly parking tickets.
“Last year for an expired meter it was $10, for students parked without permits it was $25, parking in a handicap space it was $15” said Logan. “We’ve raised the prices this upcoming year starting in July.” “There’s no way of giving an exact amount of how many we hand out,” said Logan “It fluctuates so much.”
However, the rising ticket prices and the green movement on campus might make even more students take the bus or ride their bikes to school.
“We’ve had a drastic fall in ticket revenue,” added Logan “we void about 20,000 tickets a year.”
“I’m against [parking passes],” said Kelsey Banks, 21. “I feel like I pay enough to the school already.”