Monday, March 23, 2009

OU Parking and Transportation Services Public Relations Executive Kristapher Glen stands outside Parking and Transportation Services building. Glen, a former OU student, is the person to contact if questions on campus parking need to be answered.

No Parking Space Increases Soon

Most OU commuter students will continue to be frustrated looking for parking spots because OU parking officials say that they will not add anymore parking spaces in the coming academic year.

OU parking officials have a policy that states they will not consider making new parking lots or garages until the number of open parking spots during peak hours drops.

"It would be nice if there were more parking garages, but I know they are really expensive [to build]," OU commuter Laura Walker said. 

"I would pay a fee to make new parking garages because most people including myself don't notice [new fees]."

OU Students can meet with their UOSA members to discuss their concerns about campus parking.

Frustrated OU commuter students can often be seen driving around campus parking garages, parking lots, and streets due to the lack of parking near campus. 

Many students spend as much as 30 minutes if not more looking for spots. 

It is not Students agree that even if they get to campus early, there is no guarantee that there will be spots available.

"[The parking on campus] is terrible because even though I pay $200 for a spot, half the time I can't find one," OU commuter Kelsey Murray said.

There were 6,947 commuter parking permits sold during the 2007 to 2008 academic year. 

There are only 4,249 commuter parking spots available not including 1,847 faculty and staff parking spaces that become available after 4 p.m. according to OU Parking Services. 

OU parking officials say they will consider the parking situation when the number of empty parking spaces between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. drop to 100 or less from the 300 to 400 hundred they are currently at.

Parking garage solutions and not cost effective because they could cost as much as $10,000 per spot according to The Oklahoma Daily.

"We have appealed for several new parking structures, but we have been told by our group administrator that someone in the administration feels that parking structures are 'unsightly'," UOSA Coordinator of Off Campus Parking and Living Andrew Jones said. 

"[the administration] also wants to implement the rental bike program but they have run into the additional problem of not having enough bike racks [available on campus]."

"I think the parking on campus is more of a perception problem because Parking Services has people go out randomly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the busiest hours of the day, to count how many empty commuter parking spaces there are, and last year there were between 300 and 400 empty spots every day,"OU Parking and Transportation Services' Public Relations Executive Kristapher Glen said. 

"Most of those parking spaces were located at the duck pond parking lot... which is a multi-purpose lot."

"It is impossible to think that you can get to campus five minutes before you are supposed to be in class and still manage to get a parking spot adjacent to your destination, " Glen said. 

"The duck pond is not more than a 6 to 7 minute walk to the south oval so I suggest people who want to park on campus get to school a little earlier and go park at the duck pond."

To discuss on campus parking issues, please contact the president of UOSA, Amanda Holloway or in the near future please contact the future UOSA president, Katie Fox.

For an audio recorded interview with commuter Daron Ross, please click play.

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