As the enrollment at Texas A&M University- Kingsville continues to grow every semester, finding a parking spot on campus is becoming hard to find for both students and faculty/staff.
The beginning of the semester brought changes to the amount of how much permits cost including the removal of the green parking permit.
The reason, construction will begin in the green parking lots. The reason for construction remains unclear at this time.
Carlos Martinez, The Director of Student Accounts stated, “The green was a permit that was used for students to park in certain areas with the construction that’s about to take place come spring. “
“They would rather start from the beginning of the year that way people get used to parking in certain areas, so technically that’s why the green became all access, because I know some of the greens are going to be to be going away.”
When asking students around campus about the parking issue we received many complaints towards the subject.
Suzanne Villareal, Graduate student in Counseling and Guidance stated, “Something has got to happen. Something has got to change. I mean how are people supposed to go to class?
“I see where they are coming from with how expensive the permits are because if they were cheaper parking would be even worse than it is now. Just build more parking lots.” Rumors have been spreading about a parking garage that would be built on campus or around campus, but the confirmation about it actually being built has not been found.
“I mean it [parking] is a problem for everybody, even for faculty and staff going around looking for parking. That is something that’s in the works that they’re talking about.”
“I don’t actually know the exact whereabouts of everything since green parking lots are more of a construction site, but I do know that parking is a problem and they are looking for different resources in order to make it available and more suitable for students and faculty/staff and everybody,” said Martinez.
There is good news for those who start classes starting in the spring or even summer.
Once spring comes around permits will go down to $75 each and during the summer they will be even further.
However, that does not fix the problem of not having enough available parking. Tara Vesely, Junior Marketing major, stated, “I transferred from the University of Houston so the parking here it is relatively not too bad compared to Houston. Everywhere that you go there are going to be parking troubles due to limited spacing around the universities.”
“It does stink for those that are coming from off campus and don’t have anywhere to park because there’s not visitor parking and we just found out that they do have space and land they could use but they haven’t developed it yet.”
Katelyn Allred, Junior Criminology major stated, “I find parking a little ridiculous. I feel that I have to basically stalk people just to get to get a spot. I have to get here at least 15 minutes early. If I get here later than that I won’t find a parking spot before my class starts”
“A parking garage would be nice over in the living area but that is probably not going to happen any time soon. It’s too expensive to develop.”
Another problem that doesn’t help the parking issue on campus is when cars, big trucks especially, take up two spaces. It’s bad enough that there is very limited parking campus wide, and for vehicles to be taking up more than one spot is a problem.
Allred also said that she thinks UPD, University Police Department, should really enforce invalid permits.
“I see permits that have been expired for one or even two years and they never get tickets. I also see permits from residents that are parked in the yellow parking lots and nothing is done about it.”
On top of not having enough spaces on campus, the parking lots are becoming more of an eyesore with all of the potholes that are appearing in them.
The main suggestion that we have received from students regarding parking on campus is to build a parking garage. That way more parking will be available for the increase of students.
Parking permit costs will be going down per semester. Now, permits cost $100 all around since the university removed the ability to purchase the $30 green parking permit.