New night parking regulations needed

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Texas State Parking Services should institute a “night-only” parking pass for the number of off-campus commuter students who have reasons to be on campus late at night.

There are many reasons that people come to campus at night, for reasons that range from working late at their jobs to a last-minute study session at the library to a late-night craving for cardio and lifting. These kinds of off-campus commuters need “night-only” parking passes so as to not get ticketed or wander too far from the available parking through the tumultuous hills better known as main campus.

The fact of the matter is some students don’t need a complete parking pass because it might be useless to them during the day. “Night-only” parking passes will address the demands of these students and save them much-needed extra dollars that could be used on more important things.

Implementing this would be not a parasitic policy but a mutualistic one. Not only would these “night-only” parking passes benefit students but they would also increase revenue for Parking Services, effectively creating a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Another factor to take into account is the danger of strolling on campus late at night. It is important to have a parking spot close to where the student will be located. Safety is especially important in light of the recent string of late-night harassments, robberies and sexual assaults that have occurred in and around campus. Walking for 10 minutes late at night from one part of campus to another can be a hazardous situation for all students, especially female students.

If the night-only parking pass cannot be made a reality, Parking Services officials should consider not ticketing between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Ticketing is a system that makes complete sense during regular business hours on campus, and the editorial board is certain no one would be happy with a free-for-all style parking system at all hours of the day. However, the fact of the matter is the demand for parking is simply not as high between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. That being said, there are still many students who have very legitimate reasons to park on campus during those hours and should be allowed to do so without penalty.

There is a scarcity of alternative ways to get to campus late at night for commuters in fear of being ticketed. The schedule of the bus system at night is sporadic at best and a tad bit sketchy. The only way for many students is to take their cars to campus, which then become fair game for officers eager to ticket desperate college students. 

Ticketing cars after 5 p.m. discourages some students from enjoying all the university has to offer. It is a deterrent to those students, faculty and staff who otherwise may enjoy exploring the possibilities the campus has to offer after-hours.

Parking Services should address the demands of these students who need a “night-only” pass. All students should be appropriately accommodated, especially in institutions of higher learning where they are already paying for all of the services, even ones they do not use. Otherwise, doing away with ticketing between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. would foster student interests in facilities that, again, have already been paid for through their tuition.