Parking sells about 7,000 permits for 3,838 spots
Parking and Transportation sold about 7,000 commuter permits and 980 resident student permits, Director of Parking and Transportation Services Pam Mooney said.
“We’re selling more resident permits, about 500 more,” she said.
She said the commuter permits were within a couple hundred of what was sold last year. She attributed the growth in resident passes as the freshmen bringing their cars to campus, which wasn’t allowed two years ago.
There are 3,838 parking spaces allotted for commuters and 1,538 for residents.
“Commuters turnover two and half to three times a day,” Mooney said. “That’s why the numbers work. We generally have easily 600 spaces empty during the peak time.”
Senior Ariel Burke said that parking is horrible on campus.
“They give out more parking passes than spaces,” Burke said. “I literally follow people to their car. I’m like their stalker.”
Junior Ayana Dow said that parking is a hassle now.
“You have to leave 45 minutes before your class starts,” she said.
Also due to construction outside of enrollment services for a new bridge, 150 faculty and staff spots were moved into West Village Garage.
“Technically, yes, they were taken away from the general public but they were overflow,” she said. “In reality those spaces sat empty most of the time.”
They also picked up about 120 parking spaces in Lot 20 because construction that is now complete, Mooney said.
Mooney said that they have an obligation to enforce tickets because when people are parked in the incorrect spot it’s unfair to those that paid for that parking pass.
Each year they receive about $500,000 from tickets.
“It really is a service to the permit holder,” she said. “We do have ample parking spaces. It’s just not where people want them.”