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Parking issues

August 3rd, 2011 at 01:06 pm

It is time to pay for parking on campus. It is an annual $100 fee. However, there are other options offered.

One, there is a "free lot" at a church which is about an 8-minute walk away. There is a shuttle to this lot, also, though I don't think it runs real often.

Two, you can opt out of parking from April to November, and get a $25 pass to park on campus from December to March.

It takes me about 35 minutes to walk from my home to work, which is fine in nice weather but would be horrible in the rain or cold or excessive heat. Plus, carrying things is a problem. Sometimes my tote is heavy.

I thought before I decided I would try out the free lot. I parked there this morning. I tried to take a shortcut through the park, and got my shoes very wet in the dew. Not the way to go. Also, my shoes were rubbing me the wrong way by the time I got there, so I must wear walking shoes, even for a short walk like that. Still, I think it is an option with a little tweaking.

On the nice days I can walk all the way, and on the bad ones I can park at the church and wait for the shuttle.

It is only a savings of $8.33 a month, so I don't know if it's really worth it. The downside of not having a car on campus is that I couldn't use it at lunchtime and I couldn't run errands on the way home. I couldn't take home boxes like I do regularly (for hauling my booth items). It would be difficult on the days I had to bring in treats.

I don't know, what would you do?

8 Responses to “Parking issues”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'd want to be clear on the shuttle schedule before I would commit to the free lot. I'd likely pay the $100, since as you said that is $8.33 per month...20 average working days...that is about $0.42 per day. It seems worth it for the flexibility and convenience.

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I think I would too would pay the $100 for the convenience of having my car there if I needed it.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    I'd pay the $100 fee to park on campus too!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'd pay the hundred but then I have knee problems so walking too far is not an option for me.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    I'd pay the $100. & $8.33/month is *nothing* for the convenience factor. (& considering any other work/$ parking situation I have ever been in - sounds like a STEAL).

  6. CB in the City Says:

    That's how I was leaning. Thanks for your input!

  7. starfishy Says:

    I'd pay the $100, too, esp with the weather you have in the winter. The tiny savings just wouldn't be worth the loss of convenience to me.

  8. My English Castle Says:

    Me too. One bad drenched day or a snowstorm and you'll be happy about it. I park free about half a mile from my office during the semester, but allow myself to park on campus if the weather is really horrible. I enjoy the walk most of the time; it gives me a chance to compose myself before class. And it's nice to have the car to stop on the way home.

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