Thursday, October 10, 2013

Record enrollment leads to transportation problems

Record enrollment leads to transportation problems  

By Nick Stout

With enrollment at Texas State University at a record high this semester, students cope with resulting transportation issues.

35,568 students are enrolled this semester, making it the 16th consecutive year that the university has set a new record. A lot of students have complaints that this increased enrollment has made it more difficult to commute to and from school.

Kelly Woytkewicz, a sophomore majoring in mass communication, is one of many students frustrated by the overcrowding of the buses.

“I've noticed that the bus stops have gotten quite a bit busier and more crowded,” said Woytkewicz.

Junior Jessica Vasquez, 22, expressed similar sentiments about overcrowding of the bus.

"Sometimes there are too many people on the bus and half of the people waiting can't even get on,” Vasquez said.

Students who take the bus are not the only ones who see problems with crowding in relation to transportation. Parking also plays a key role.

Christine Zabala, a 22-year-old writing center tutor, purchased a commuter parking permit in order to avoid using the bus and parks at the football stadium.

“There’s not that many perimeter lots and I think that even if it were smaller the lots would still be full,” Zabala said.

Viewing the buses as undependable, and avoiding the lack of space in parking lots provided by the university, some students find alternate solutions.

Interior design major Mckenna Greer parks in surrounding neighborhoods, reasoning that the parking lots are completely packed by 7:30 a.m.

“I don't take the bus because it is usually late or doesn’t show," Greer said.

Student worker Randi Berkovsky walks to school every day, but she still sees the growing transportation problem.

“I know parking has always been an issue at Texas State and as our population grows we have to adjust our bus routes and parking accordingly, and if we don’t address it it’ll be a big issue in the future," Berkovsky said.

Some students have no problems regarding the bus system and parking at Texas State, but still have issues with their commute.

Natalie Reyes, a 20-year-old junior, believes that the bus system has improved and gotten more efficient, but observes another new obstacle.

“It has created all of this construction and it’s made it impossible to get anywhere on time,” Reyes said.

Construction comes as a side effect of creating enough space to hold the growing population of students.

For now, students will continue to cope with the daily transportation inconveniences of having to share their university with so many peers.

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Christine Zabala,
Randi Berkovsky,
Mary Woytkewicz, email unknown
Jessica Vasquez,
Mckenna Greer, 
Natalie Reyes, email unknown 

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