By Brooke Spurlock, Staff Writer
It isn’t only the flu that is plaguing Wright State University’s campus, but the problem is with finding a parking spot as well.
Parking is, as always, a big problem on campus. But recently a new problem has emerged: the students are dishing out money for a parking pass, yet they can’t even find a spot to park.
There are three different kinds of parking pass for commuter and residential students. Fall, Spring, and Summer (annual) passes are $150; Fall and Spring passes are $124; single semester passes are $65; and parking for only Lot 20, where you take the shuttle bus to the main campus, are roughly $42. If you plan to park on the main campus, and can never find a spot, then that is quite a bit of money to dish out.
An article written in 2016 on My Dayton Daily News states that there were about 17,000 students attending classes at Wright State, with only 11,000 parking spots. Therein lay the problem: there are roughly 6,000 more students than there are spots.
Based off the Wright State University Newsroom, in the fall of 2016 there were 16,655 students that attended the Dayton campus.
“I bought the main campus parking pass when I first came to Wright State and I could never find a parking spot,” said Senior Amy Tackett, who now said she parks in Lot 20 and rides the shuttle bus over to the main campus. “The Lot 20 pass is the better option, and it’s cheaper too. It can be annoying sometimes to wait on the bus to get there, but you don’t have to deal with finding a parking spot.”
Overall, since Wright State’s parking is so congested and commuters and/or residents can never find parking, it sounds like the Lot 20 pass is the better route to go.
Tackett posited that there are more parking passes sold than there are spots… and most people would probably agree.
Maybe one day there will be a solution to this parking plague.
Editor: Nicolas Green