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Our Failing Parking System

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UNH Parking Lot (Photo by Samantha Mathewson)

UNH Parking Lot (Photo by Samantha Mathewson)

UNH Parking Lot (Photo by Samantha Mathewson)

Sarah Dematteis, Staff Writer

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Parking on the University of New Haven campus will never go down in history because it’s always going to be a reoccurring issue. Not to beat a dead horse, but something has got to give.

Here at the University, parking heavily relies on a combination of spots actually being available and people parking in the correct zones.  Nothing is more frustrating than driving around in circles looking for a spot, seeing cars that are parked in the wrong zones, and cars which don’t even have passes on them.

As resident parkers, we pay $200 to spend 40 minutes in the car looping around campus because the entire system is backwards. Students are missing class, running late to internships, and wasting gas, all because spots that used to be available to us are now reserved for campus vehicles, and the foliage in the Westside lot takes up at least 15 parking spots.

When more parking passes are given out than there are actual spots, it causes people to park in a lot that isn’t meant for their pass color, prompting a vicious cycle of nobody parking in the correct zones and parking tickets raining down upon us.

“The color coding system makes it practically impossible for people to get a spot. I had a professor who couldn’t find blue spot parking so she had to park in a commuter spot and she ended up getting a ticket for it,” said Collette Kempton.

As an on campus resident, trying to find parking in a red zone is next to near impossible. Driving in circles starting in the Sheffield lot, to the lot behind Winchester, circling back to check Westside and the garage, and finally resorting to the lot outside Bergami is a routine we are all too familiar with.

But what happens when you go through the routine for 34 minutes and there are still no parking spots? What happens when 34 minutes later it happens to be 2:30 p.m. and, in your heart, you know nobody is going to move their car?

You ask campus security where you should park and they tell you, “I’m not sure, maybe North Hall?” So there you go making a trip to North Hall to park your car in the middle of the night because the University gave out more passes than there are spots and quite frankly there is not much you can do about it.

Honestly, at the end of the day, it isn’t the end of the world. Sure it’s frustrating, and sure it makes me never want to go anywhere in fear of not getting a spot when I return, and sure it causes undue stress and anxiety, but parking has been an issue on this campus since the beginning of time and I don’t think it will be resolved anytime soon.

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4 Responses to “Our Failing Parking System”

  1. Anonymous on October 12th, 2017 8:11 am

    All the school wants is to suck more and more money from us, the tickets must be paid, the passes must be purchased,I heard athletes can’t even drive to practice, on top of students can’t ever drive to campus. If they do anything to get to class or practice on time, they get a ticket. Not to mention if you complain to UNH Police about the issue, they will only make it worse and you put a target on your back. The overly paid meter maids won’t help you out in sub-freezing temperatures to change a tire (happened to me on campus, he drove right past me) but they will surely ticket you when you run into bartels for 5 minutes to grab an apple. It’s ridiculous.

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  2. Anon on October 12th, 2017 7:37 pm

    You think it’s bad now, just wait until they remove the entire Kaplan parking lot and ten of the spaces of the library lot for the new innovation center.

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  3. Lucas Heller on October 13th, 2017 8:32 am

    I feel like if they purchassed the parking lot where shop rite was it might aid to general parking issues. Sure people would have to come earlier, and walk from the parking lot to where they are going… But at least they will have a spot!

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  4. Ben Dover on October 13th, 2017 12:29 pm

    How about when you have to risk your life trying to dodge traffic like that video game ‘Frogger’ (look it up if you want to laugh), trying to cross Boston Post road to get on campus from that new parking lot they built across from Dunkin’ Donuts. They expect you to walk all the way down to the subway crosswalk using the shoulder of Boston Post road? The least they could do is build a side walk, or maybe use a fraction of a percentage from the revenue the generate daily from all the parking tickets to hire a crossing guard. They aren’t going to be satisfied until someone gets used as a human speed bump trying to cross Boston Post to get onto campus.

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