By: Mario Garcia
SAN MARCOS - As the university reaches an enrollment record for the 17th consecutive year, students are vocal with concerns about the affects this growth has on parking.
The enrollment figure for fall 2014 surpassed 36,700 students and represents a 3.5 percent increase since last year, according to a press release from President Denise Trauth.
“There’s nowhere to park ever. Even in the off hours parking gets really bad, people take them up,” said sophomore Cedrick Cradle. “Now that commuters are allowed to buy green passes, that just limits the on-campus parking.”
Parking, along with traffic, is the worst part about driving to campus according to senior anthropology major Noelle Dy-Tuzaon, who commutes from Austin.
“I have a parking pass, but it does not guarantee I will get a parking spot,” Dy-Tuzaon said.
With students paying between $100-$500 dollars on parking permits, no guarantee on parking spots is a frustrating reality.
“Basically, if you’re not here at 7:20 AM, you won’t get a spot,” said senior Ian Vernon, putting the severity of the parking problem in perspective.
For many students, a parking permit is not even an option due to the expense and inconvenience English major Brittany Baker and senior Caleb Gonzalez are examples of this situation.
“I live in Austin, but the commuter parking pass it too expensive for students,” Baker said. “I already have gas to pay for.”
Gonzalez presents a strong opinion towards parking permits and goes to certain lengths to rebel against it.
“I commute when I’m going to campus after hours,” Gonzalez said. “Pay to park is just about the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Texas State can expect to continue growing, based on the number of consecutive years it has done so already. Marketing major Duncan Lott stated that while the university is not well adjusted for parking, it should be caught up in a few years time.
“As long as they build themselves to be well adjusted for that kind of growth,” Lott said. “If they are not prepared for that growth, I think they should slow it down.”