Letter: Student Voices Concerns about Parking Issues

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Dear Dr. Hemphill:

Unfortunately, my class project presentation is scheduled for the same time as the student forum on Thursday.  I also commute a total of 3 hours per trip and coming on another day would create a hardship.

My concern is with parking, especially for commuting students such as myself.  As you know, paying $140 per year does not guarantee a commuting student a parking place.  I try to leave by 6 a.m. to get a parking space by 7:30 p.m.

Often, other commuters are circling my car to get a space as the lot fills up before 8 a.m.  If I need to go back to get something from my car, commuters are still circling at noon.  It usually diminishes by 2 p.m.

The parking situation creates much stress for daytime commuting students. Radford University is better than this!

Perhaps adjoining property such as the old Cantonese Restaurant might be acquired to enlarge parking within walking distance of campus.

Yes, there is good transit service. However, commuting students often need to go back to their cars to retrieve items that they need for other classes.  Perhaps Alumni could be made aware of this great need and initiate fundraising for additional parking lots.  President Kyle got many nice buildings, but parking is a need, too.

Joseph “Joe” E. Jackson, MS, EdS jjackson55@radford.edu
Radford’s First Undergraduate Coed and Current Graduate Virginia Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Student’

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