By Chelsea Mazer
Quarterly parking at Cal Poly Pomona got a bit more expensive as permit costs for the 2017-18 school year have increased to $154, a $20 increase from last year.
These increased costs are necessary for the development, the operation and the maintaining of the parking facilities on campus.
Not only will this increase help to maintain our current facilities, it will also help to offset costs for any future repairs, renovations or expansions.
With the second parking structure having opened last fall, there is more need to keep these facilities clean and safe for the campus community.
Brittany Myers, a fourth-year civil engineering student, believes that the parking facilities could benefit from an increase in monitoring on a more frequent basis.
“The parking facilities are poorly protected, and safety rules aren’t strongly enforced,” saidMyers. “The money from the parking permit cost increase should be put toward monitoring the [parking] structures and lots around campus to prevent an increase or continuation of accidents, break-ins and stealing of vehicles.
Myers among other students are not pleased with the increase in the cost because the money doesn’t directly impact their individual educations.
Parking and Transportation Services’ website writes that the money is being used “strictly forparking-related expenses including new construction, maintenance and repair, lighting, signage, and administrative costs.”
The funds from the parking permits also contribute to funding the Bronco Express Shuttlsystem, which students use to get themselves around campus.
Shelby Worrell, a fourth-year liberal arts student, is thankful that the school has a shuttle system that circulates through campus grounds.
“Without the shuttles, I wouldn’t get to and from classes as quick, and I would also have a longercommute from my evening classes to my car that is parked across campus,” said Worrell.
Students and faculty with regular vehicles are not the only people who will have to pay theseincreased fees.
Motorcyclists now have to pay $61 for their quarterly permit. Daily parking without a permitcosts $8. Weekend parking costs $5, and special event parking costs $10 for the day.
Faculty will continue to receive their prorated annual permit option.
Alejandra Munoz, a third-year psychology student, does not agree with the parking cost increase because it makes her year as a commuting student more expensive.
“I am still trying to adjust to the commuter lifestyle and the parking cost is something that worries me,” said Munoz. “We are already paying so much money for our education and everything that comes with it, so I don’t see why our parking permits couldn’t be included in that cost.”
Munoz hopes that in the future, CPP will combine the cost into tuition and fees instead of having it as a separate charge per quarter.
Those who do not commute via a personal vehicle or motorcycle will still have access to the Metrolink connection shuttle and the local public transportation services.
There is also a free and secure bicycle parking area in Parking Structure II. Anyone with a Bronco ID card can register for access with the Rideshare Office located in the Bronco Student Center.
Parking rates increase for the 2017-2018 year
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