More students, More traffic, Less parking.
By: Mathew Guerra
SAN MARCOS- As student populations have continued to increase, parking has become more problematic and the roads have become more congested.
Texas state university just released its new student population numbers through their annual press release. Yet again the university is experiencing a record high reaching an enrollment of 36,700, a 3.5% increase from the previous year.
“This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state, and that students and their families recognize our institution,” said President Denise M. Trauth.
Though the University is excited about its rapid expansion, some students are not as happy about the effects associated with the growing numbers.
“With parking there is never enough space” said junior Hayley Spicer-Kendall.
There is a total of 13,670 parking spaces on campus. This number is dwarfed by the campus population total of 38,225 individuals including both students and faculty, according to Texas State’s parking rates comparison chart.
"I commute now and it has gotten harder to find parking close to where you are going on campus. I have to basically get here early in order to get a parking spot and make it to class on time,” said senior Chris Murray.
Some students have risked their cars by parking in non campus parking lots such as neighboring apartment complexes and businesses as described by Spicer-Kendal.
However, it is not only parking that has been effected by the growing university. As more and more students migrate to the city heavier and more congested traffic increases.
“I’ve lived off campus the past three years... and every year I’ve moved closer and closer to campus… you lose like a good hour trying to get to school. I have 8am classes and I have to wake up extra early” said senior Megan McCann.
The increase in traffic not only affects the commuter who drives to campus, but also affects the large number of students who rely on the university tram system to get to class on time.
"Traffic greatly effects how I get to and from classes. I have evening classes which I am late too because the bus I take is slowed down by the evening traffic that happens as most classes are let out.” said Jessica Jimenez.
There are both positives and negatives to the growth of the student population, there is still a great deal of conversation to be had between the university and the students that attend the school .
For more information regarding caps parking and transportation you can contact parking services at 512-245-2887 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.