Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Commuters Need Their Exercise

Overflow parking at the Towson Center

Most commuters at Towson know that there are more students than there are parking spaces. Some even say that Towson sets it up like that so you can go park at the Towson Center and walk about 2 miles to campus or catch the shuttle. Recently there have been a lot of complaints found in the Towerlight from commuters. Pamela Mooney, director of parking and transportation services, wrote a letter to the editor saying that commuters have "unrealistic expectations and lack of understanding" about the parking issues at Towson. She also says that commuters should just go straight to the Towson Center instead of circling around the garages and increasing emissions and congestion; take the walk to better health.

"Frankly, I don't care if Towson doesn't get state funding for parking services,"said Milan Wiggs, a sophomore at Towson. "The parking and the traffic is ridiculous. I get out of class at 12:15, I don't get home until 1:20 and I only live 20 mins. away. Towson can start by reducing the number of students they accept every semester and every year. It seems like they're all about the money."

According to Sheila Tilghman, Towson will add one or more garages in the coming years, which means the cost of parking permits will increase. I agree with Milan. Whether Towson gets state funding or not for parking, there still shouldn't be more commuter students than there are parking spaces. Towson keeps accepting more and more students, going past their limit, and we're running out of room. It's not all about the money Towson.

1 comment:

BEW22 said...

Hey Amber, I just wanted to drop by and tell you that I really enjoyed your blog on commuter students. I believe your beat is great topic and expresses the strain of being a commuter student and the weekly struggle that frustrates commuter like you. I agree with you that it doesn't make sense for Towson to have more commuter students that parking spaces. Excellent Job!