More Expensive Parking, More Convenient Spaces

2 min read The parking situation at Radford University should be expanded to support residential students who drive often.

Cars in a lot

Photo by Ivana Cajina: I would be perfectly content paying for a more expensive parking pass if it meant I didn’t have to walk half a mile in the freezing weather to get back to my room.

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By Kylee Walling | kewalling@radford.edu

I will never understand the parking situation for residential students.

I have attended two colleges now – Roanoke College and Radford University – and I often visit Virginia Tech. I have had friends at Tech also, and plenty of them complain about parking passes. Yet, they still purchase them.

Radford University charges $148 for a yearly parking pass.

Radford University charges $148 for a yearly parking pass.

Virginia Tech charges $450 dollars for a yearly parking pass. That is three times as much.

Roanoke College charges $75 dollars for a yearly parking pass. Now, granted, that is a significantly smaller school than Tech or RU. Still, one can dream.

Virginia Tech is crazy expensive to bring your car to campus. But the only kids that seem to think it is worth it is the ones who are always driving and moving their vehicles. Idle cars don’t exist because students don’t see the worth in paying that price for no reason.

It’s sound logic.

Students complain about the prices of parking passes no matter what, so what would a few more dollars hurt here at Radford?

Students complain about the prices of parking passes no matter what, so what would a few more dollars hurt here at Radford?

Maybe I am speaking for myself when I say that residential students need closer parking to the main campus that is more expensive. I mean, cheaper would be nice, but no.

I drive two or three times a week, often even more than that. I would be perfectly content paying for a more expensive parking pass if it meant I didn’t have to walk half a mile in the freezing weather to get back to my room.

I am fortunate enough that a parking pass doesn’t break the bank. I work all summer to be able to afford luxuries like a yearly parking pass. A hundred or so more dollars would be reasonable if I get another luxury of close parking.

It also weeds out those who seem to never move their cars during the year if it is more expensive. The ones that take up the nicest of the worst lots available. If students don’t drive, they shouldn’t have nice lots. They don’t need them.

It also weeds out those who seem to never move their cars during the year if it is more expensive.

We do have buses available, which is nice. But with the pandemic all around us, I will take my chances with the cold than a bus with hundreds of people touching and breathing on. And even still, I would rather just walk a couple of feet to the front entrance of my dorm from my car.

It would be ideal to leave the parking situation as it is, the same prices for everyone, but simply add an additional option to park in the hypothetical close parking lots for an additional charge.

Of course, they don’t exist, and we can’t very well kick out commuters when they need to park cars.

But, again, one can dream.

Kylee Walling
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