Parking issues raise student concern
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 00:09
Blue. Yellow. Orange. Regardless of the color of parking pass, negative feedback and comments from many USU students has been voiced in conversations and gatherings across campus.
Hanna Ence, a sophomore majoring in business, owns a yellow parking pass, the cheapest parking pass at USU.
“It wasn’t what I consider cheap, but I figured it’d be worth it — I was wrong,” Ence said. “I am at least 20 minutes late to class because I drive around fighting to turn my blinker on before someone else does, even though the majority of the time I got there way before them. So I flip them the bird and continue on.”
While the situation in campus parking lots has upset many students, other free alternatives are an option for students.
The Aggie Shuttle is a free campus shuttle system for USU students. It stops frequently at apartments along 800 North and picks up students who live close to campus. Other busses en route will navigate below the campus and throughout Logan to service students who live further away.
Michelle Booth, an undeclared sophomore, doesn’t have a parking pass. She said she usually either walks to school or catches the shuttle as her primary ways of transportation.
“I figure I will ride the bus once the weather gets cold,” Booth said. “Walking gets the job done as of now. I didn’t even bother buying a pass because the parking seems like such a mess on campus. The shuttle stops right in front of my apartment. All I have to worry about is making it outside on time.”
Students who want to purchase a parking pass must be enrolled and working on at least one USU credit. If the student’s enrollment status changes, the permit is no longer valid.
Students who live off campus are able to buy a blue, yellow or Aggie Terrace permit. The parking permits can cost anywhere from $30 to $100.
“If I'm rich someday, I would like to buy the most expensive one,” Ence said. “But I will never be rich because I'll fail college due to the fact that I’m never on time to class, because I'm stuck fighting for parking even in the blue parking lot.”