Never Ending Cycle
Beep. Beep. That’s the sound one can hear coming from just about every college campus parking lot or structure. Students stalk the elevators and the people who come out of them. Every so often someone asks “Are you leaving?” Sometimes the minutes turn into hours. Class has already started and still there are cars waiting to find somewhere to park. Today there are too few parking spaces available for college students to park on campus.
Our population is growing vastly and universities are trying to keep up, but can not seem to. For instance, Sandra T. Molina of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune wrote about Biola University’s plans to expand its parking lot by six hundred and thirteen spaces. Biola estimated that it should be able to keep up with increasing enrollment rates to provide enough parking for students attending the university until the year 2020. With this rapid increase of people attending college there is no way any of the colleges can provide enough parking spaces for students.
In an internet article there was a recent study conducted by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, which stated that 67.2% of high school graduates in 2007 had applied to colleges or universities and were ready to attend in the fall. This is a large number of students who have chosen to continue their education. Universities and colleges can only expand so much. Construction takes much time and is quite costly. It would take years to meet the substantial need for parking.
For instance, Biola University was approved for an eleven million dollar parking structure that should be finished by 2010 (Molina). This would take much time to build such a structure. Colleges can not afford to block off the space they already have in use in order to build a structure. It is very hard for colleges to find space since everywhere seems to have become very developed and industrialized. Campuses were built many decades ago...
Shuttle Bus The Best Solution For Parking Problems
Bill Barrett, California State University of Fullerton administration vice-president, and other associates have recently completed a study of their campus-parking situation. They confirm that there are near ninety percent occupancy in all parking lots and at one hundred percent occupancy during the peak hours of ten o'clock in the morning to two in the afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Actually, California State Fullerton campus has over 7,000 legal parking places. Unfortunately, not all of them are located close to campus buildings. Parking lots closest to the buildings usually fill up by nine o'clock in the morning (Barrett 1). If the students arrive early, they can usually find parking spaces close to their class buildings. In contrast, if the students arrive later, they will get a space in these lots only if they catch someone leaving, and it can get pretty frustrating driving in circles. There are many ways to solve parking problems, but the best way of all is to utilize shuttle buses.
Compare to cars, shuttle buses can transport more students to school and bring them back home, and they only need a little space to park or to unload the students. Many students in California State Fullerton have struggles finding parking spots on campus. They always get very frustrated when they are trying to find parking spaces. In order to solve this problem, California State Fullerton can restrict parking permits to those students who live near the campus and offer them the option of taking shuttle buses. Thomas Weatherford, a resident in Los Angeles, says that what University California of Los Angeles does to solve parking problems is to make a ten-mile halo around the campus, and anyone outside of that halo can be eligible for a permit (Weatherford 1). Now, California State Fullerton does not need a ten-mile boundary, but it can set the boundary to one or two miles around the campus, and the students who live outside that boundary should be permitted to park on campus. For those students living inside the boundary, they can take shuttle buses to school. If the students who live one or two miles around the campus take shuttle buses to school instead of driving their cars, then the parking spaces on campus will be more available to the students who come to school later.
Another possible solution will include building a parking structure. Building a parking structure will enable more students to park closer to the heart of the campus. It provides more parking spaces nearer the center of the campus, and those students who go to school later will not have as much trouble finding parking spots. Also, more students can park their cars close to the campus buildings, allowing them to walk just a short distance to their classrooms. Although the parking structure is convenient to students, one drawback will be the cost of parking permits and more traffic...
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