Friday, March 6, 2015

Transportation problems due to increase in student numbers

By: Maryellen Miller

SAN MARCOS- Record-setting enrollment has created multiple concerns for students regarding transportation, specifically the campus busses and parking.

For 17 years there has been a continuous growth in student population, this is causing overcrowded busses and a lack of parking space. Students do not hope to get a seat on the bus each time, just that there is room to stand in order to get to class. The university’s growing population and lack of adequate parking space has affected many, if not all students.

 Exercise and sport science major, Danielle Sanders’ class attendance has been affected due to the increased student body. "Sometimes the bus is full and this has made me late to my classes,” Sanders said. I have some classes at Jowers and parking is sometimes over capacity.”

Senior Eric Dittmar, also voiced a complaint about the timeliness of the university’s bus system and his class schedule.

“It’s very hard to be on time,” said Dittmar, a pharmacy major. “It takes a lot of time just going back and forth from campus to the parking lot.”

Juinor Chad Petrouski, believes that if there were more busses, it would benefit students greatly. More busses would decrease both the amount of people on each bus and the wait time between trips.

“There are too few buses running at peak times,” Petrouski said.

Although students pay a $95 fee included in their annual tuition to use the university’s shuttle system, some have had enough and looked into other sources of commuting. Campus parking passes range in price from $100-500 and are still said to be problematic.

Anthropology major, Noelle Dy-Tuzaon purchased a parking pass and has found it difficult to find parking after her daily commute from Austin, Texas.

“I have a parking pass, but it does not guarantee I will get a parking spot,” Dy-Tuzaon said.

Cedrick D. Cradle, a sophomore living at Bobcat Village, said he was required to buy the silver parking permit simply to park where he lives.

“There’s nowhere to park ever,” said Cradle, a music education major. “I didn’t really want to buy that pass since it’s more expensive and would rather buy the cheaper pass and park an extra 20 feet.”

Brittany Baker, an English major has avoided parking on campus altogether and parks at her old apartment complex.

“I live in Austin, but the commuter-parking pass is too expensive for students. I already have gas to pay for,” Baker said.

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