Federal Grant to Aid Tech Parking - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/24/03

Federal Grant to Aid Tech Parking

A new park and ride facility will offer more options for parking at Texas Tech. Tech students say finding a parking spot is just as much of a headache as getting up for an 8 o' clock class.

"The parking sucks. You can never find a space, you have to pay lots and lots of money and you end up parking in the dirt anyway," says one disgusted student.

Students say the number of parking spaces is just not enough.

"It's an inconvenience for sure," says another student.

Texas Tech's Vice-President of Operations, Max Hiojosa says there are more than 6,800 spaces for commuter students to park. But more than half of Tech's 28,000 students drive to school and that makes parking a daily problem.

"I'm not gonna sit here and tell you that we're worry free from the standpoint of parking because it is tight but we don't have a crisis like people think we do have," says Hinojosa.

"Eight o' clock you can get here and find a space but anytime after that your gonna have to wait 20 to 30 minutes to find a space," says a Tech student.

Right now Tech is constructing a new park and ride facility west of the Health Sciences Center to help commuter students. Come January, students will have 1,500 more parking spaces here and Citibus will shuttle them to the Tech campus. Citibus will have between 4 to 6 buses running Monday through Friday to take students from the new parking lot at the HSC to the Tech campus some students say it will be a big help while others say it's still not enough.

"It'd be a great help for one thing yeah, I'd try it out," says one student.

Another disagrees and says, "I don't think it's gonna help at all because that's really far and sometimes you wait 15 to 20 minutes for a bus and then it doesn't come or it's full."

Hinojosa says building new parking out instead of up is cheaper but it will be up to students to take advantage of it. "If you're gonna get here 10 minutes before your class starts, it's gonna be a crisis but if you get here 45-1 hour. Ahead of time then it's not gonna be a problem," says Hinojosa.

The new park-and-ride facility will be complete in January. Students will be able to use their current commuter pass to park there and ride a Citibus to campus. The lot will also be used for overflow parking at Tech sporting events.

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