Texas State Increases Student Admission Yet Eliminates Commuter Lots
By: Christopher Garza
The increased population at Texas State University has thinned out the schools resources, decreased available parking, and congested the campus.
According to a university press release, “Undergraduate enrollment [has] reached a new record of 31,032, an increase of 1,574 students. This was driven in large part by a record incoming freshman class of 5,181, a 22 percent increase form 2012.” This increase of students led to an inverse relationship of available parking spaces for commuter students.
In a 2014 spring article published in The University Star, upcoming construction will relocate faculty and residential parking lots into what used to be commuter lots, which will lead to the loss of 700 commuter parking spaces.
This loss will drive the price of parking passes up in every category. The University now requires incoming freshman to pay a $485, an $85 increase from what freshman paid just a few years ago. Commuters may pay an additional $370 to upgrade to a residential pass if they can manage to peel off their commuter pass in a legible manner, but the University will not allot commuters any discount.
The construction the university put in place for 2014 also congests the main roads of San Marcos, such as Sessom Drive, North LBJ Drive, and North Edward Gary Street. These roads are very crucial for those who commute to school and ride the bus.
The amount of new students this year, on top of all the construction, adversely affects on the amount of room available for the students on the streets, and can be dangerous to those who walk to class. Donnie Kelly, a sophomore, lives within walking distance from campus, facing the daily terror
“of the construction. I used to have to walk on the very edge of the road next to the cones. It was kind of sketchy,” Kelly said.
When asked about the campus crowds, sophomore Jay Gonzalez quickly answered
“...when I walk through the quad it's awful...it's busy,” Gonzalez said.
Construction warps the campus, but it does not only affect the students who attend the college, it affects the local businesses as well. Kyle Mylius, owner of the Root Cellar reports that his sales have decreased 15 to 20 percent since the construction began over a year ago.
“There’s been a substantial parking problem . . . for a long time, and when you add a project on top of this and remove so many spots, a lot of people skip downtown because they don’t want to deal with the delay of finding a spot,” Mylius said.
Texas State University is working on improving the aesthetic views of its campus, but it is also working to build more roads so it can accommodate the growing student population.
For more information about parking, call Parking Services at 512.245.2887, or e-mail email@example.com.