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    Parking Solutions Cause More Problems

    Parking changes- who does this really benefit? Supposedly students should be happy about the changes; after all now they can park at various places around campus rather than just the South P-lot. Sounds good right? That’s less express route buses to catch and less parking tickets when you’re running late to class. However, there is one little catch for the extra spaces; now you have to feed the meter. Stadium parking will now have 40% of its spaces available to commuters who will have to pay at the parking meter. This may be a sweet deal for the commuters who are willing to pay the hiked up fee of 25 cents for 10 minutes. But what will happen if they go over their time limit by a mere fifteen or twenty minutes? A surprising number of campus police and parking service employees have been on the look out for such people. These students return to only find a greater ticket of sixty bucks for overtime parking. Apparently, the campus thinks it will be able to extract more than the $150 bucks per year than it can get from each Stadium lot parker. Those Stadium lot commuters who lost out on their “premium” parking will have to make do with South P or paying out of pocket, rather than a one-time fee attached to their tuition bill. For resident drivers, the situation is also not looking too good. Now that resident lots are divided into “zones,” residents will only be able to park their cars close to where they live. Which, for Cardozo College residents, is apparently in the Tabler Quad. The idea is that by restricting residents to certain lots, the parking lots closer to the main campus, and the classes, won’t get filled up as quickly. However, what will wind up happening is that as a resident lot gets filled, any latecomer will have to park in the wrong zone, which will result in a ticket. So, be sure to be parked overnight in the right lot, so you don’t have to risk moving your car in the morning. Basically, parking on campus is going to be even more of a nightmare than usual because of the changes. The university is changing things around in an attempt increase the available of space and revenue from those spaces. However, without physically adding more parking spaces to the campus, they will only succeed in creating more confusion and frustration for everyone who has a vehicle on campus.

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