Jason D. Cox
Record enrollment of new traditional-aged undergraduate students at the University this semester has caused some parking issues, but not the crunch anticipated by administrators.
As of the third week of classes, student enrollment has exceeded 1,800, a more than 300-student increase over last year. The registrar’s office has issued hundreds of parking passes.
Anticipating parking problems, an off-site parking and shuttle service was set in motion on August 30, then canceled.
“The service was designed as a short-term solution to increase convenient parking near campus; specifically for new students,” Clive Houston-Brown, associate vice president of facilities and technology services, said.
The area was outfitted with its own security and the shuttle system transported participants to four stops on campus including Woody Hall, Davenport Dining Hall, the Second and D Street lot and the Facilities/RCA building.
The concern was that there would not be enough parking for students between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. But Campus Safety took inventory of open parking spaces between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“You would have additional students who were not necessarily going to class at that time, but could be making arrangements for classes,” Director of Campus Safety Michael Nunez said.
With this in mind, the faculty and staff were notified of the off-site parking service and urged to utilize it at first.
Incentives, including raffle tickets, were provided to raise interest in this new parking option.
However, despite the increase in new students, the assessment of the parking situation the first week of classes determined that this off-site parking and shuttle service was no longer needed.
“People who used it said it was a great service, and the drivers were friendly,” Tiffany Smith, human resources administrative assistant, said.
University officials will be putting a greater emphasis on encouraging students, faculty and staff to utilize ride-share, van pooling, public transportation and bicycles. A new incentive program to encourage students, faculty and staff to use alternative transportation is also being considered.
For those who are not able to find alternative transportation, there are less obvious parking alternatives.
Many located on the east side of campus.
A few of the areas that have been notably unused include Lots I, I-1, in the area of the Office of Human Resources and the bookstore parking lot.
And if on-campus parking lots are full there is considerable street parking. Watch out for the 20- and 90-minute spots, as well as the three-hour spots. The city of La Verne’s ticketing program is going strong.
Jason D. Cox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.