Transportation Services Responds to Student Parking Problems | New

Many students who have purchased a Lot 100 permit have faced frustration when parking on campus and trying to arrive on time to class.

Lot 100, located on the West Campus, consists of nine distinct sections, with the six most popular surrounding Reed areas, as well as two near the Intramural Fields on Penberthy Drive and one near Blue Bell Park. According to Transportation Services Website, a one-year parking permit for lot 100 costs $ 339. However, any Texas A&M campus member with a valid permit is allowed to park in lot 100 any day of the week, which often means spaces are filled before many lot 100 permit holders have the possibility of parking on a given day.

After experiencing these issues, many students took to Twitter during the first few weeks of class to express their frustrations.

International studies junior Matthew Mascorro said trying to park in lot 100 is way too stressful.

“Forty minutes before my class started I would leave my apartment, but I was always late because it would take me 20 to 30 minutes to find a place,” Mascorro said. “So I just started taking the bus and… I think I’m probably saving myself 20 hypothetical minutes.” ”

There are several things to think about when it comes to why Lot 100 is continually overcrowded, Debbie Lollar, executive director of transportation services, said in an email to The Battalion.

“In lot 100, we have to take into account not only customers with permits from lot 100, service and business permits and [parking] violators, but also any other customer with an A&M license who chooses to park there, ”Lollar said.

Additionally, more permits than physical parking spaces are sold for Lot 100, Lollar said.

“It is common and exemplary to sell more permits than there are spaces in the lot,” Lollar said. “Otherwise, the space is very underutilized and customers who want to park there angrily wonder why they can’t use any of the many empty spaces.

Transportation services have a plan to meet the transportation needs of the growing student body with the introduction of the new mobility master plan, according to a copy of the proposal that was emailed to the battalion.

“[Transportation Services] wishes to develop a plan to help garner campus-wide commitment to get people on and around campus without needing to drive personal vehicles, ”the proposal reads.

The proposal also mentions the promotion of cleaner public transport as well as the attempt to remain financially sound among the objectives of the new plan.

“The need for environmental sustainability and financial self-sufficiency places constraints on the transport system, but also creates opportunities to refine efficiency, forge partnerships across the university and region, and create more integrated and versatile facilities.” , indicates the proposal.

Transportation Services hopes to achieve these goals with the help of Walker Consultants, who have been hired for the project, Lollar said.

“Walker Consultants won the tender to complete the project. The first few weeks were spent discussing the appropriate data points to assess and develop timelines and communication tools, including the website“said Lollar.

Students can learn more about the Mobility Master Plan and provide feedback by visiting the Transportation Services interactive booth at Rudder Plaza between September 27 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation Services will also be hosting a mobility workshop in Room 2300B at the Memorial Student Center. Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the project, students can visit the website Aggies in motion! website.

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