Thursday, March 5, 2015

Increased enrollment spikes parking concerns

By Ashley Garcia

SAN MARCOS— An increase in student population has caused a shortage of parking spots throughout campus, and many students have expressed frustration.

The preliminary enrollment figure for the 2014-2015 semester topped 36,700 students and represents a roughly 3.5 percent increase from a year ago, according to a university press release sent from President Denise Trauth.

On average students pay a $95 bus fee—that is included in tuition—and an optional $115 for a purple commuter-parking permit, according to the student parking services website.

“Parking is next to impossible and has cost me a lot of money,” said junior exercise and sports science major, Michael Comer.

Sophomore education major, Amanda Wood parks at Bobcat Stadium and rides the bus to campus; however, it is not convenient for her.

“Sometimes the bus schedule doesn’t really work because they don’t have very many buses late at night and I have later classes,” Wood said. “I think that the growth at Texas State is really good for us and it brings more attention to the school, but I think we need more parking to accommodate for the growth and population here.”  

Parking concerns are not an issue for 22-year-old English major, Maryellen Miller.

“Today, for example, I parked at my old apartment complex. I live in Austin, but the commuter-parking pass is too expensive for students. I already have gas to pay for,” said Miller.

The population of students on campus has increased rapidly over the years. 21-year-old education major, Alexandria Woodward said that the town of San Marcos feels “like it is shrinking.”

“Traffic is getting worse, places are getting more packed and even campus feels crowded,” Woodward said.

23-year-old exercise and sports science major, Danielle Sanders said that the university should have the appropriate money and resources to support the rapid growth.

“Other schools like UT and A&M have the resources, and Texas State does not. If Texas State keeps growing (while not having) the resources then it will take (away) a lot of the quality that we have now,” Sanders said.

The increase in students has ranked the university as the fourth largest university in Texas.

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