The lack of safe, affordable parking coupled with the recently raised parking meter fees adds another stress to Wayne State University students. The prices of the parking structures has been raised a significant amount each year and this leaves WSU staff and students with few affordable options.
If you go to Wayne State University, one thing everyone has in common is the frustration with the lack of adequate parking.
Detroit has been in a world of financial troubles lately. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr was quoted in the Washington Post saying that Detroit payed more to issue and process tickets than they did collecting them. It costs $32 to process a $30 ticket.
That was before July of 2014. They raised parking meter ticket fines from $20 to $45.
Although Wayne State University has its own police entity that patrols a two mile radius around campus and can issue traffic violations, the Detroit Municipal Parking Department manages the parking meters that are along almost every street throughout WSU’s campus.
Tiffany Phillips, a junior Pre-Nursing student, knows all too well about the hassel of parking on campus.
There are some free spaces, but they are far.
The Wayne State Police department, (313)577-2222, is very quick and reliable, but when you are walking from a night class alone, you’d rather not be parked far.
So who exactly are the bad guys? Everyone wants to get angry with the parking meter attendants or “meter maids,” but they are only doing their job.
Kyle Adams, former parking meter attendant for the City of Detroit, said that he empathized with the students he ticketed, but he was only doing his job
Some people wish parking meter attendant would just go away.
Maybe people shouldn’t give people like Kyle a hard time. He is only doing his job.
So what are some alternatives?
Uber is an alternative that some students are utilizing to combat the parking meter fee hike. In June of 2014, the City of Detroit raised the parking meter fee from $20 to $45, which is more than double.
I got a chance to talk to Devin Richey, an Uber Driver that sometimes drop WSU students off on campus.
Taking an Uber to school is starting to be a new trend, especially with the lack of parking available.
Devin is making money from Uber so does he think they should lower parking meter fees so more people can park on campus instead of driving? The answer is no.
Wayne State University is very aware of the fact that there are limited parking spaces on campus so they offer solutions of their own, like Ridesharing and semester parking passes.
WSU has a parking and transportation office located in the Welcome Center. Latrina Smith, an employee there, noted how they receive little to no notice when prices are changing and she offered a few alternatives.
When asked which option Latrina uses to park on campus she answered, semester parking passes.
Although Latrina prefers the parking passes, not all students can afford them.
It seems like students cant get a break. But look, it gets worse. It’s now finals time and there are police orders all around campus in the few free spots available that read, “No Parking.”
Like the cars pictured here, people are parking under these signs without even realizing.
Well, it looks like the best solution is to hurry up and graduate so you won’t be burdened by the never ending parking structure costs or parking meter fees. The safest solution is to get a parking pass if you can afford it. And the most economical solution is to park free but far. Just remember to walk with a buddy or two to stay safe.