Christopher J. Ortiz
Paying to park on campus may cost a bit more next year.
According to today’s front-page story, the Parking Services
Committee has two proposals on the board that would increase the
price of parking permits.
The first proposal would raise the permits $20 for everyone. The
second would raise permits prices $10 for faculty, staff and
off-campus students and $50 for on-campus students, according to
The editorial board supports the committee’s proposals. No one
wants to pay more for parking, but parking on campus is a privilege
not a right.
Michael Rose, director of Parking Services, said the extra
revenue would be used to enforce parking rules longer after hours,
especially residence hall parking lots during basketball games.
Just like everyone else, we pay for parking permits but those
permits lose value if parking rules are not enforced on campus. The
more parking rules are enforced, the more valuable permits
Compared to universities across the board, CSU parking permits
are cheap. The amount to park at the University of Boulder ranges
from $195.50 to park in an unpaved lot for one semester to $314.50
for one semester in a residence hall lot.
Hopefully raising parking permits will make people less reliant
on automobiles to get to campus. As the campus moves toward a
pedestrian campus, we all need to find alternative ways to get to
class in the morning.