One issue the college encounters during the first few weeks of school is a massive influx of students in cars trying to find parking spots. Knowing the right information and other transportation alternatives can be very useful before getting behind the wheel to park.
Parking Services requires that students purchase a permit to park on-campus. A semester pass is available for $15 at the cashier’s office or students can purchase a yearly pass for $30. Citations won’t be issued until the second week of school. At that time, students need to have their permits. Most tickets are $10, and parking in a handicap parking spot is $50.
Students should arrive 15 minutes early to ensure they get an adequate parking spot. Parking in the west-side parking lot at the Taylorsville-Redwood Campus, especially during the first month of school, is a good idea as it is larger and less crowded. The walk to class will be a bit longer, but there will be less time waiting in line to get a coveted parking space.
“[During] the first two-three weeks it’s pretty chaotic, but then [the parking lot] clears right out, and we have ample parking for whoever wants to use it,” says Shane Crabtree, Director of Public Safety.
There is an alternative to nasty traffic jams – the B-line.
This inter-campus shuttle takes students around to the major campuses and runs every hour. It is free to students. All they need is their OneCard to board.
“[The shuttle] is quick. You can sit and do your homework and not have to pay attention. When it stops, you just get off,” says Information Desk Associate Alyssa Champine.
There are three campuses the shuttle visits: South City, Taylorsville-Redwood and Meadowbrook. Beginning at 7 a.m. and every hour on the hour, the shuttle leaves South City, stops at Meadowbrook, and then it is on to Taylorsville-Redwood Campus. Students are encouraged to use this service if their schedule permits them to do so.
Patience is key for drivers when parking during the first few weeks of school. Parking can get messy, but by the middle of the semester, it shouldn’t be such an issue.