Parking forum results in freeze; students still bitch
By Karla Courtney
Results of the open parking forum held on Oct. 28 are in and it looks like the price of undergraduate green passes will be frozen next year.
University Students' Council President Paul Yeoman said he conveyed students' opinions presented in the parking forum to an advisory committee two days later. He said it is "completely unfair" the grey pass - used by staff and graduate students - is the same price as the undergraduate green pass, since those with grey passes can access the green lots, but those with greens cannot access the grey lots.
"I have noticed an increase in the cost of green space parking passes," Yeoman said, pointing out the rate has gone up approximately 2.7 per cent or approximately $7.90 each year. "Students have been regulated to the periphery, but still see substantial increases."
Yeoman said he and other undergraduate representatives were successful in convincing the committee to freeze the price of the green pass for the upcoming year, while allowing the price of the grey and orange passes to increase.
When asked about the freeze, students generally had positive responses; however, despite the new Althouse College lot with its 700 green spots, there remains a great concern over available student spaces.
"The main problem is that there are not enough spaces," said second-year geography student Shane Fenton, adding he welcomes the price freeze. "There is only so much a student can afford," he said. "But at the same time, sometimes I end up taking the bus because by the time I end up finding a spot, it's quicker."
"We're getting more students, [so] spots should therefore be just as open to us as faculty," said Jodi Katzeff, a second-year health sciences student. "It's great they are freezing the prices, but if they made more spots that would be even better."
"It still doesn't help anyone who drives to school occasionally, you still have to pay $12," said third-year computer sciences student Wes Henderson, adding students like himself who drive sporadically to campus have to pay approximately $1.50 per half hour, which he said is outrageous.