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January 2020

Parking spaces

The population of the CPP remains greater than the available parking spaces

Finding a parking spot on campus again poses problems for students as the spring semester begins. Cal Poly Pomona students struggle daily to find a spot due to the limited number of parking spaces available on campus.

According to the CPP website, there are just over 26,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff. The CPP offers several different parking lots, with a total of over 14,000 parking spaces, as The Poly Post previously reported in Issue 1 (September 10, 2019). This is a major drawback given that only 9,000 of these spaces are general student parking spaces, while the rest are reserved for faculty, staff, students with disabilities, and residents. Obviously, there is not enough space for everyone.

Mary Zaarour, a fourth-year psychology student, explains how she has struggled to park since transferring to CPP in the fall of 2018, Zaarour said. “I have to come hours before my class starts just to find a place to park. I was even late for classes a few times due to the lack of available places.

The car parks generally fill up between 7:30 and 10:00 on weekdays.
(Carla Ghafari | The Poly Post)

According to the CPP website, peak times to arrive on campus are Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Parking Structure 1, located east of Voorhis Alumni Park and west of Police and Parking Services (Building 109), and Parking Structure 2, which is southeast of the school iPoly secondary, are the two most popular places to park at the CPP. Parking Structure 1 has approximately 2,200 spaces, while Parking Structure 2 has approximately 1,600.

Zaarour is not the only one to arrive late to class because of the parking problem. Lilly Lopez, a fourth-year finance student experienced similar challenges. “I feel like there should be more parking structures. I was late not only to some classes but also to exams because of the parking lot,” Lopez said. Like Zaarour and Lopez, many students are frustrated by this situation and hope that additional parking lots or structures will be built to eliminate this complication.

“We haven’t received any complaints about the lack of parking space,” a representative from Parking & Transportation Services said. “We have two overflow lots, as well as a lot on Corporate Center Drive with shuttles running almost every 15 minutes.”

Parking and Transportation Services strongly recommends that students use the two additional lots to avoid traveling by car. The Bronco Shuttle has five routes, AE, all operating during class hours to help students get to campus from overflow lots. For a complete list of Bronco Shuttle times and routes, visit https://www.cpp.edu/transportation/commuting-to-campus/bronco-shuttle.shtml.

As stated on the CPP website, hundreds of new students are admitted to CPP each year. With a greater demand for parking spaces, campus police usually try to help students direct traffic in the morning, Monday through Thursday.

As the semester progressed and the first few weeks passed, the traffic on campus decreased slightly; however, finding parking remains a daily struggle for students.

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No Backing Up in Allentown Parking Spots: Readers don’t like the new policy — a lot. ‘It’s ridiculous’

Readers had a lot to say about the Allentown Parking Authority issue $35 tickets to customers returning to city bridge and surface lot parking spots.

The move has blinded some motorists who argue that exiting a parking spot is safer and more efficient, especially in heavy traffic after hockey games and other events at the PPL Center.

City parking enforcement officers have started using license plate recognition equipment. Since Pennsylvania does not require motorists to mount license plates on the front of vehicles, officers cannot scan the plates of vehicles backing into parking spaces.

Here are some of the best Facebook comments:

‘Good way to make you feel welcome’

“When you get back the police can’t scan your plates for us offenders – hence the ticket! Good way to make you feel welcome and comfortable in the town of Allentown.”

The Strata Symphony garage is a challenge

“Having had the opportunity to discuss this issue with a member of the APA Board of Directors, I understand that license plate scanning technology has certain advantages and advantages. That said, I invite the Board APA directors to come to the Strata Symphony garage to try to get into some of the spaces.

“I have a small car and it still requires several sequences of pulling forward and backing up to avoid hitting surrounding columns or vehicles. Also, it’s almost impossible to see when backing up a space so that one is parked next to an SUV or other large vehicle That doesn’t even take into account the mess and safety challenges this policy creates for those leaving crowded garages after an arena event.

Endangering pedestrian safety

“They are endangering the safety of all pedestrians walking towards their vehicles. 5,000 people go out at the same time vs. arrive at different times. Which would you prefer to return to? Preparing for a trial when someone is hit.

A policy no one wants

“Looks like they wasted $30,000 on license plate scanning technology that they didn’t actually need and now have to enforce a policy that no one actually wants.”

People will reconsider their visit

“There are town planning, commercial and development rules. Allentown could be a case study in what happens when you break them all. Parking is one of the first impressions of a site. It should be simple, practical and affordable. The experience must be good.

“People remember parking tickets and will reconsider visiting next time.”

Backtracking after the events will take “all night”

“If you can’t back up, you’ll be sitting there all night trying to back up while all the cars are lined up behind you. Absurd.”

It’s my right to park as I want

“It’s ridiculous. They have no right to tell people that they can’t back their cars to a place.

“If I want to waste everyone’s time by backing a big truck into a small parking spot, it’s my right as an American to do so!”

“Does everything absolutely have to be regulated?

It’s safer to get out of a place

“Tell me why it’s safer for me to try to get out of a place where I can’t see if there’s anything, than to come back when I know there’s nothing behind it me – and I can see what happens when I step back.”

“So it’s safer to back out of your spot, where people might be walking or where you can’t see a car coming?”

No problem in Bethlehem

“You can park as you want in Bethlehem”

Are you heading in the wrong direction?

“Most car parks have sloping parking. If you’re backing up, you’re actually facing the wrong direction to go.

“Just learn to back off better”

“Just learn how to back off better. With most cars equipped with rear cameras, there’s no excuse. I’m sick of traffic backing up and almost getting hit when these maniacs come back to their places.

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City and MTA fight for parking spaces reserved for residents

An ongoing dispute between the City of Oyster Bay and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over resident-only parking near Hicksville station does not appear to be resolved any time soon. Officials in Oyster Bay want the MTA to replace all parking spaces in the city that would be displaced by the construction of a new parking garage at the station.

“Hicksville is Long Island’s busiest station, but the MTA hasn’t invested properly in parking for its customers using the station,” city supervisor Joseph Saladino said. “We continue to meet with the MTA to ask them to follow through on their commitment to build new parking lots in Hicksville, just as they have done in Westbury and Mineola.”

Brian Nevin, a city spokesperson, referred to an environmental impact statement for the MTA’s third track project, which dated from 2017. He said the MTA planned to address the situation in the city. parking in Hicksville, but has so far failed. live up to expectations.

“In the statement, they had plans for a garage in Hicksville,” Nevin said. “They made their plans in Westbury and Mineola, but didn’t make it in Hicksville.

He estimated that in the City, nearly 2,000 commuters park illegally or on residential streets because of the lack of parking at the Hicksville station. The station is considered one of the busiest hubs on Long Island.

“The city owns the parking lots and is prepared to let the MTA build a garage on our property, however, they need to replace the resident spaces they are removing,” Nevin said.

The MTA and the City have been discussing for years the construction of a new multi-storey car park at the station. The facility would create more than 1,000 new parking spaces that are currently used as surface parking lots. Current lots require motorists to have a permit issued by the city to park there.

MTA spokesperson Meredith Daniels said a dialogue was still ongoing between the MTA and the city on how best to resolve the issue.

“We continue to work on ways to improve access to stations, including Hicksville, and have been in talks with the city to explore new opportunities,” Daniels said in a statement. “However, this is an ongoing dialogue with no formal plan at this time.”

Nevin said he didn’t want the talks to result in a final loss of resident-only parking.

“The only expectation we have is that if you’re going to build on, say 100 spaces for current residents, we still have those 100 available for residents,” Nevin said.

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