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    “2,200 still await parking”

    Justin Stanten, a freshman majoring in business and economics, waits to switch his parking permit at Parking and Transportation Services yesterday. As of Wednesday, more than 2,200 students were on waitlists for permits.
    Justin Stanten, a freshman majoring in business and economics, waits to switch his parking permit at Parking and Transportation Services yesterday. As of Wednesday, more than 2,200 students were on waitlists for permits.

    More than 2,200 people are still on parking waitlists despite the fact that more spots were released this week, according to a Parking and Transportation Services official.

    The only spots available are at the park-and-ride facility Lot 900, 315 S. Plumer Ave., which is south of Broadway Boulevard and east of Campbell Avenue, said Patrick Kass, director of PTS. The CatTran shuttle stops at the facility.

    David Shapiro, a senior majoring in political science and entrepreneurship, said he does not think there is enough adequate parking on campus.

    “”The school is overcrowded, and I waited on the waitlist for a month and just got a Main Gate parking permit,”” Shapiro said.

    Although there are 3,272 Zone 1 spots and 6,610 garage parking spots divided among the seven garages at the UA, all still have a waitlist.

    The garages with the shortest waitlists are Main Gate with 206 entries, Tyndall Avenue with 233 entries and Cherry Avenue with 235 entries.

    The longest waitlist is for Sixth Street with 333 entries, followed by Park Avenue with 317 entries and finally Highland Avenue with 262 entries, said Kass.

    The largest waitlist overall is Zone 1 with just under 2,000 entries.

    However, Kass said although the number of “”entries”” add up to more than 4,000, this does not reflect the number of people since some people are on more than one waitlist.

    Kass estimates 2,200 people are still waiting for a parking spot.

    For those who are still interested in getting a parking permit, Kass said he recommends getting on the waitlist for the lots south of Sixth Street.

    “”There are only 51 entries on the waitlist, so that is a good option for those looking to find a permit quickly,”” Kass said.

    Chad Royer, a finance senior who has been on the waitlist for a week, said he does not like the new parking lot south of Sixth Street because it makes it harder for Zone 1 holders to go to the Student Recreation Center.

    The first waitlist release was Wednesday, when more than 1,400 permits were released across campus.

    The spots were originally reserved, but the deadline to pick up permits passed and those spots have now been made available to students on the waitlist, Kass said.

    The 1,400 students have five days to purchase and pick up their permits, or their spots will be given to the next group of students on the waitlist, Kass said.

    To help alleviate the parking situation, PTS will be surveying the garages and lots to determine which days of the week have the most traffic.

    Based on the data, officials will determine if they can sell more permits for the less populated parking lots and garages and will keep releasing permits until February, said Kass.

    Matt Brooks, a journalism sophomore, said having a Zone 1 permit is convenient because it allows people to park in many different locations.

    However, unless drivers get to campus early in the morning, it can be difficult to find a spot, Brooks said.

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