Thursday, March 5, 2015

Student population increase causes predicaments with transportation

By: Juliana Darner
SAN MARCOS- The climbing enrollment at the university has many current students concerned with their methods of transportation to campus.
The enrollment figure has topped 36,700, which is roughly a 3.5 percent increase from a year ago, according to a press release from President Denise M. Trauth. This enrollment figure makes Texas State the fourth largest university in the state of Texas.
Some students, such as Malaika Hall, believe the growth is not a benefit to the campus.
“I feel like if (the university) can have the amount of space and room for (a large) amount of people here, then yes,” said Hall. “If not I feel like it will be a problem for the current students and the incoming students, because we would basically be overpopulated and it would be harder for students to register for classes and just do basic things. There’s not a space for people to continue to grow.”
 While Hall's opinion may project a majority, other students believe that growth could be favorable to the university under certain circumstances.
“I think that it can continue to grow, if they help the people who are already currently enrolled. Don’t make us suffer because you are growing, accommodate us," said freshmen Shayna Middleman.

With the issue of population growth abound, other concerns, such as crowded buses, arise. It is already an issue now to students that commute to campus, such as Ian Vernon, a senior criminal justice major. Vernon parks within the perimeter guidelines, which some refer to as a purple pass, similar to many other students that decided to buy a less expensive parking permit.

“I have a purple pass. Basically, if you’re not here at 7:20 a.m., you won’t get a spot,” said Vernon.

Some students believe that if you get the more expensive parking pass, which is supposed to guarantee you a better spot closer to campus, that it isn't worth it.

"I would always park off campus because it seems like it’s less of a hassle," said sophomore Cedrick Cradle. "You are never guaranteed a spot but if you go to one of the commuter lots you may have to walk a while but there will be a spot if you get lucky."

Another transportation dilemma that Bobcats experience is the tram. Some students do not mind that they have become crowded, but others believe that real changes need to be made. Chad Petrouski, a junior that takes the Blanco River route, feels there should be more buses.
"The bus system could be a little bit better tailored around the population growth because there are too few buses running at peak times,” said Petrouski.

Going along with Petrouski's point, students call attention to the amount of time that they wait to get a bus ride to campus.

“(I ride) Ranch Road 12 and I usually have to wait 25 to 30 minutes, sometimes longer," said junior Chase Key.
For more direct information, students can follow @TXST_Transport on Twitter. This can help notify them on abrupt changes pertaining to transportation around the university.

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