Title: Expensive Parking Angers Students
Author: Casey Meyer
University of Missouri Saint Louis students are you fed up with the expensive
cost of parking? Is the lack of parking spaces frustrating you? A series
of increases in parking began to emerge in nineteen ninety seven. In nineteen
ninety eight the student parking passes were near sixteen dollars per
credit hour and is still increasing now. It will propably increase again
as the years go on. Many of us agree that this should be stopped and to
stop this we must demand that we have a choice on how much we pay for
parking such as maybe having different costs for where we decide to park
maybe having the most convent places cost more to park and the places
without a garage a little cheaper so we can at least regulate the amount
of money we spend on parking.
This increase in parking is a result of four new parking garages, the
Millenium Center and the Millenium Centers walkway. It seems to some of
us that we the students of UMSL are being charged unreasonably because
of this. Have you ever seen teachers and other faculty park in the students
parking garage. I and many other students have seen this. If we were to
park in a Faculty or special permit parking spot and was caught doing
this more than likely we would receive a ticket. When you read this ask
your self is this right? Some Colleges have free parking for students
or at least at certain times of the day. Washington University has free
parking after four o clock p.m.
UMSL provides emergency vehicle services but this is usually at a cost.
If you run out of gas they refill you fuel but we have to pay for the
fuel. Normally when we pay for something to UMSL it's expensive.
According to Bob Samples who is the director of University Communication.
"The new garages are well lit, safe and aesthethically attractive."
If the garage is so attractive then why is it that one of the garages
is being renovated right now. Many of us will agree that the new garage
on the East side of E. Mark Twain Dr. is in an inconvenient location.
If you have ever drove to school between the hours of nine o'clock to
eleven o'clock a.m. you would probably agree that this is the time when
most likely the parking spaces are scarce. Thoughs who try to find parking
spots in the west garage usually can't. When causes us to have to look
in the East garage for parking spots which is inconvenient to some of
us. Some students may even have to park in lot K which is close to the
Metrolink Station. To many of us this is just like parking at the North
Hanely Metrolink Station and walking all the way to the class. The metal
rods that hold up the other levels of the garage or inconvenient to most
of us. I have personally witnessed a student run into the metal rods while
backing up and damaged their car. I have also heard stories about this
also. When UMSL first decided to do construction on the upper two levels
of the garage that's next to the Millenium Center they had parked a truck
at the bottom of the last level. It was parked at the ramp in which cars
had to go down to exit the garage this was dangerous because of the fact
that this was the only area that was blocked off with no notification
to the students that it was. This was not safe because I have saw a man
drive down to the last level and didn't see the truck till he was half
way down the ramp. When he finally saw the truck he had to back up unknowing
of whether there was a car speeding to the last level while this man had
to back up to the previous level.
UMSL does not have streams of revenue from other fees like some other
Universities do. When people whether its students, faculty or visitors
come to the Millenium Center they usually may spend money on things in
this Center. Many of us agree that the amount of money that we spend on
thing in the Millenium Student Center is expensive. There are many other
places that we go in the Millenium Center to spend money such as the bookstore
in which theirs different varieties of thing to buy and using a card can
make it unnoticeable of the amount we spend until we get the bill. There's
also two other stores used to supply what most of us would think of as
overpriced candy, pastry's and other kinds of food. If that's not bad
enough there are parking meters where visitors are suppose to park. Which
means that people that have came here just to visit the school have to
pay to park.
In the past years parking passes were plastic decals that were inexpensive
to make. Static electricity caused the pass the cling to the inside of
the window. As the increase of the cost of parking emerged so did the
increase in thefts. So the school came up with a new model which is used
so that it is a lot harder to steal. This also made it harder to try to
remove the sticker from your car. The sticker only last for a semester
and If you lose your parking pass you have to pay five dollars just for
another one. For the amount that we pay for the sticker many of us would
hope to get a free sticker if lost. Faculty and staff who park get their
permits on an annual basis. When the sticker is finally removed their
may be a remainder of it still left on the window.
According to the campus parking rules and regulations a parking permit
is a privilege purchased by the driver to park a vehicle in a certain
parking area during certain hours on a space available basis. They say
that a parking permit isn't a contract between the University and permitee
and that the right is reserved at any time to take away any parking permit
that they want, to reassign any vehicle to another parking area and to
change the hours and days of rest of restricted permit parking on any
parking area they choose. If we are paying twenty dollars a credit hour
shouldn't we have a little more control over the situation? What If they
decide for no reason to take our parking passes is this fair?