On-campus parking leaves students frustrated • The Duquesne Duke

Alicia Dye | News Editor | A line of cars forms every morning to enter the Locust Garage.

Alicia Dye | news editor

September 1, 2022

South Side commuter Tyler Johns has never had such trouble finding parking with his friends, who he carpools with.

“I lived on campus for the first two years, then I left campus. Last year wasn’t difficult for us,” Johns said. “We always found parking. Even when we lived on campus, we could always find a place. Now that’s practically impossible.

Johns isn’t the only student having trouble, as even resident students struggle to find surface and garage parking. One of the changes in parking passes is that there are not just garage passes or just surface passes, as was the case in previous years. A student who purchases the garage/surface pass can park either on the surface or in the garage.

Although the cost may deter some, many students who have parking passes live on campus. That includes the freshman class, who were able to purchase passes for 2022-23, although they weren’t able to purchase passes until the spring semester last year.

Parking on the Duquesne University campus has always been a problem, especially at the start of the semester.

However, students and faculty have had more parking issues this semester than in recent years.

A one-year pass will cost students $1,275, while a one-year college pass will cost a student $825, whether parking in the garage or on the surface, according to information from parking provided by the university.

Campus resident Michaela Gett struggles to park when she leaves and returns to campus.

“I leave for work or to go shopping and when I come back, it’s so hard to find a spot near my building,” Gett said. “St. Ann’s parking lot is always full, and parking near the music school is also very difficult. I’ve tried to park almost everywhere on the surface and it’s just never available. ”

Even with new transportation options available to students, including the now free South Side Shuttle, students find it more convenient to drive to campus than rely on bus schedules.

“The shuttle stops aren’t close to my house, so I would have to walk three or four blocks to even get to the stop,” Johns said. “Also, there are no specific times the shuttle arrives at each stop. I could be there for over 30 minutes before the shuttle arrives.

While the new UPass system offers students a discount on Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) rides, there is no direct stop from South Side to Duquesne; students using the PRT should ride to a stop in Oakland, then transfer buses and take the bus to a stop closer to the university.

“I just wish there were more parking spaces available,” Gett said. “There are more and more students coming to Duquesne every year, and more and more places are filling up. It doesn’t help that some places are reserved by the university.

The spots Gett is referring to are spots on the roof of the Forbes Avenue garage, where several spots are reserved for “future Duquesne Dukes,” intended for students and families visiting the university.

Students are encouraged not to park in these locations, although during peak hours students do. Locust Garage is the garage that students are expected to park in, although the garage fills up quickly on an average class day.

Jason Conlogue, associate director of parking and DU card services, says parking passes don’t have a set amount available each year.

“Because [Duquesne’s] enrollment numbers change each year and class times vary per student, there is no set number of parking permits,” Conlogue said.

According to Conlogue, there is no predetermined number of passes available for each school year and passes are always on sale.

Students can contact the parking office for more information on passes.

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