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The University's Plan To Eliminate Parking Raises Many Concerns

We are writing in response to the recent decision by the University to cut parking to students living on campus.

Not that this will change anyone's mind, but there are some things the University should take into account before this decision goes into effect.

Officials are quick to mention fare-free transportation on and off campus. Have any of these people ridden the buses lately?

Ninety percent of the time, the buses aren't on schedule.

It takes a South Campus student 60 minutes to get to the PR lot on the P bus. And what about students with jobs?

With the cost of tuition rising, many students who do not qualify for financial aid will have to go looking for jobs, many of which are off campus.

Most bus routes stop running around 8 p.m., yet many places -- including the local malls, -- don't close until after 9 p.m. What should they do for transportation? These issues are just the tip of the iceberg.

What do we do when there are family emergencies? What happens to out-of-state students who may need their cars? Also, how many faculty and staff members are going to need to park on South Campus?

Most of the staff works on North Campus. We pay too much money to not have parking privileges.

The parking situation here at UNC is a mess, no doubt about it. But eliminating parking will make the situation worse.

More students will park illegally in campus lots, as well as in the lots of surrounding apartments, causing problems for those with valid permits and Chapel Hill/Carrboro residents.

The University should rethink its decision to eliminate parking and start over again. And this time, include the people who pay for them to make these decisions -- the students.

Tamara Rolan



Shonta' Rogers



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