Boise State University Transportation and Parking Services has had the difficult task of keeping up with record enrollment numbers over the last several years.
In fall 2012, over 22,000 students were enrolled at Boise State. That number is expected to grow when the fall 2013 numbers are released.
JC Porter, the assistant director of Transportation and Parking services, said Boise State has not added any new parking spaces in the past year, keeping the total number of spaces at 7, 851.
Jamie Broten, a senior elementary education major, has felt the frustration of trying to park on campus.
“It’s always been terrible! General Parking never has enough,” Broten said. “You spend $100 to drive around for an hour trying to find a parking spot, most of the time really far away.”
Many feel this frustration, and some have taken to spending hundreds of dollars more for guaranteed parking.
The most popular permit is the Brady Street Garage. With a $320 per-year fee, students are guaranteed parking in the structure for the year, including summer. However, the garage is also used for parking for events that take place at the Morrison Center, which creates a hassle for students trying to get to class.
Parking does send out emails to students, faculty and staff alerting them of parking issues that may arise in these events, but guarantees parking to reserved permits only.
Mia Russell, a graduate student studying applied historical research, uses the parking lot adjacent to the University Church and has found it to be a great compromise of location and budget.
“I paid 115 dollars for the semester. They said next semester is the last one before (the lot) gets torn down,” Russell said.
Porter said that the University as acquired the lot adjacent to the University Church and plans to tear down the building to alleviate some of the parking hassles, but construction isn’t expected to start until sometime in 2014.
Transportation encourages students to check their BroncoMail if an event on campus is coming up; students should leave earlier so time isn’t an issue.
If needed, park in a metered spot. Most accept payments with a credit card and allow parking for two hours.
While it’s frustrating to drive around in circles looking for parking spots, don’t get angry with the ticketing officers.
Transportation and Parking Services also offers free Valley Regional Transit (VRT) for Boise State students and a free campus shuttle.
For more information about passes or bus stops, visit transportation.boisestate.edu/.