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Campus parking not ideal, students say

By Jacob Fischler
On March 12, 2011

It's 9:45 a.m. and University at Albany junior Sean Prokes pulls out of his spot downtown to go to his 10:15 a.m. class.

"A half an hour should be plenty to get to class from downtown," he said, stepping out of his blue Jeep.

But after pulling into the Colonial Parking lot, he realized it was not. Prokes looked for a spot for 10 minutes before conceding to the back of the lot.

At UAlbany, there are 10,609 registered student vehicles. There are 4,892 parking spots for students among on the uptown and downtown campuses and on Alumni Quad.

For staff, there are 3,435 registered vehicles to 1,401 staff spots.

After 4 p.m. staff spots are available to students, but most classes are over by then.

On Tuesday morning, nearly the entire student lot on Colonial Quad was full while there were only a handful of cars occupying the mostly empty staff lot.

Rose Dorsman, director of parking and mass transit at UAlbany, believes that there is nothing to be concerned about.

"The University believes that there are an adequate number of parking spaces on the uptown campus because everyone is not on campus at the same time," Dorsman said. "However they may not all be as close to the academic podium as everyone would like, which is the general crux of any parking complaints received."

Ryan Farrell, a senior at UAlbany, no longer drives to school but when he did he said that it was a horrible experience.

"When I leave for class I plan on finding a spot in a reasonable amount of time," he explained. "But it usually takes me 10 minutes to find a spot. It's usually a far spot."


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