CSUS: Hitch a Ride
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)
Parking issues are as synonymous to Sacramento State as water issues are to California. To help remediate the issue, Sacramento State has constructed four parking structures over the decades. The largest parking structure (Parking Structure III) can accommodate 3,000 vehicles parked in it. As an attendee of Sacramento State, the structure is constantly packed, along with all “close” parking lots. In total, Sacramento State has 15 parking lots and four parking structures sprinkled around campus.
However, in a day where convenience is everything, some lots are outside of the realistic range of some. For example, Parking Lot 11 is situated across J Street, the main entrance to Sacramento State. In relation to the buildings for classes, and anything else, it can be a “hike” to get there with the amount of traffic around the J Street Main Entrance intersection. There are a number of other lots outside of the convenience range. However, parking to this day is still bad.
There are many things to alleviate this, such as the Hornet Shuttle, plus a major bus junction by the north end of campus, numerous bike routes and bike parking, dorms, and local apartments. But with all this, Sacramento State is still seen as a “commuter campus”.
I’m not saying parking close helps, but it is a step. What doesn’t help is when parking lots or services close at specific times. Sacramento State has provided something along these lines. In a previous article I referenced the Ramona Ave Parking Lot. This lot will be re-opened in the Fall Semester for students. Because the lot currently resides a distance away from campus, a Hornet Shuttle service will be taking students from the lot to The Well and back. Nice, right? What’s the catch? The lot and the shuttle operate from 7:30 AM to 6 PM – prime time for most daytime classes, but not so much for events, meetings, club/organization activities, etc. Though parking alleviates by the evening time, it is a hassle to move your vehicle. By the time you sit in the driver seat, temptation of life away from campus may set in.
An incentive for the Ramona Lot is a much cheaper parking permit that works only at the Ramona Lot. The permit costs $84 and provides approximately 250 additional parking spaces (to help with the loss of 280 Residence Hall parking spots).
Ramona Avenue is slated to be extended and connect with Folsom Blvd for a more direct line to campus. But that’s not my issue here. As I hinted in my last article, none of this helps with the campus spirit and campus community. The campus is vibrant with activities from programs like ASI and UNIQUE, clubs and Greek organizations, and much more. But when people get to their cars, they may not be driving closer to campus to attend these functions. Instead, they may go somewhere else. The campus has much to offer, and the campus administration is not aiding that cause what so ever. The Ramona Ave lot may stop the bleeding, but it won’t close the wound.
Welcome to Sacramento State! We are a “commuter campus” that struggles to rise above that stigma.