UH parking tight on 1st day of classes

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Aug 26 2013 06:26:20 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 26 2013 07:29:08 PM HST

For many who commute to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Monday's back-to-school jam didn't end when they left the highway.

HONOLULU -

For many who commute to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Monday's back-to-school jam didn't end when they left the highway.

On the first day of the fall semester, parking was at a premium on campus.

The Lower Campus Parking Structure is college's largest lot by far, with approximately 3,000 spaces.

A semester pass is available to primarily seniors, juniors and those who carpool.

For the current semester, UH's Commuter and Fleet Services said it has issued about 2,900 of these permits.

While some said that's over selling, others said they should sell more.

"I think they should open passes for people to buy, cause $5 a day is just ridiculous," said University of Hawaii senior Randolph Bautista.

Everyone without a pass must buy a $5 one-day permit to park in the structure, but they're only allowed to do so when the lot is not full.

Bautista said, "If you don't have a pass, they close it off to the public."

UH junior Sarah May said, "Even if you have a parking pass, you're still not guaranteed to have a spot. So if you have a class after 8:30 or 8:00, most of the time the lot is full. So like you're you're really out of luck."

Other options include street parking in the Manoa neighborhood or expensive upper campus lots.

Adding to the parking problems at the lower campus structure is the decreasing amount of stall at upper campus lots due to construction, with some stalls being lost completely because of new buildings.

UH said it sells a large amount of passes because permit holders don't park there all day, every day.

But on a few occasions, like the first week of classes, the Lower Campus Parking Structure is filled to the max.

"They still let me in," said Jun Cabison, UH senior and pass-holder. "But it'll take me like longer than usual to actually find parking."

Campus security said in the past, when there are no available stalls in the structure for permit-holders, they find spaces for them in unmarked stalls or other lots.

A Lower Campus Parking Structure permit is $142 a semester.

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