A stop at the LBJ Student Center will be added to Bobcat Village Route no. 12 Sept. 16 because of excessive traffic in the Speck Street Parking Garage.
Bus route 12 runs from Bobcat Village to the Quad Bus Loop. Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services, hopes adding the new stop will ease traffic in the Speck Street Parking Garage and lot. Nusbaum said she hopes students with classes on the west side of campus will be willing to park in the Mill Street Lot with the addition of the stop.
There are 974 perimeter parking spaces available in the Mill Street Lot, but Nusbaum said only about 200 are currently being used.
“We believe (the Mill Street Lot) a really good solution for commuter students,” Nusbaum said.
The addition of the LBJ Student Center stop will push back the frequency of buses from about every six minutes to every seven or eight.
Nusbaum said the Speck Street Parking Garage and lot filled up around 10 a.m. last year. This year, however, the parking garage and lot have been filling up around 7:30 a.m. each morning.
Nusbaum credits the heavier traffic to the higher parking permit prices and a larger amount of 8 a.m. classes.
Residential permits were recently raised to $485, but students living on campus had the choice to buy perimeter permits instead. There are nearly 500 residential parking spots that are currently unused, Nusbaum said.
Transportation Services officials have sold 10,251 perimeter permits to date this semester compared to 2,331 residential permits. Nusbaum said 12,273 perimeter permits and 2,932 residential permits were sold last year by Oct. 18, 2012.
Nusbaum expects to sell “quite a few more” perimeter permits within the next month.
She said students who park in the Speck lot or garage are more than likely attending a class in the Supple Science Building, the Health Professions Building, Family and Consumer Sciences Building, the two Mitte buildings or McCoy Hall. Between those six buildings, there are around 3,300 classroom seats for students.
“It didn’t make sense not to use a stop we already have that’s closer to the classrooms,” Nusbaum said.
She said peak times from 9 to 10 a.m. can be extremely crowded on bus route 12, especially since Speck is one of the only perimeter lots on west campus.