Students at Montclair State University complain about the parking services provided by the institution. Since the start of the fall academic session, excessive traffic has become a chaos for many on-campus commuters.
Ayah Zaza, a public relations graduate, says traffic at university is exhausting.
“This year, I decided to pay [for parking] that i paid $426 for the red hawk deck and i hate it because i have to go to level eight to find parking [spot]”, said Zaza. “It’s crazy, it’s crowded, traffic and everyone is fighting for a place. I drive 40 minutes to get here and [the] the parking itself is about 10-15 minutes, if I’m lucky enough to have parking [spot].”
Similar to Zaza, other campus commuters like Hunter Coe, a senior communications student, echo the same concerns.
“The traffic is really bad and the parking lot [is] type of [terrible]”, Coe said. “I actually decided not to have a parking pass. I park at my friend who lives in Montclair and I walk around here, so it’s honestly [the] best case scenario.”
Students are not only worried about not finding parking or traffic problems. Many are also unhappy or happy with parking prices, which is the case with Cameron Marino, a visual arts student.
“I’m always hesitant to buy a pass because of the price and always thought it was absurd for the number of parking spaces the university offers,” Marino said.
Claudia Nava, a justice graduate major, says the parking chaos is affecting her daily routine.
“Lately I [have] leaving my house 30 minutes early before my class starts because it’s chaotic in there and I didn’t buy a parking pass. [Lot] 60 is where I parked and it’s a great walk to get here,” Nava said. “Prices may be a little cheaper specially for commuting students, but I also understand the university [has] make money.”
Andrew Mees, the university’s spokesman, said that despite increased enrollment at the university, there was still enough parking space to accommodate all students, faculty and visitors.
“There are 6,200 parking services available on campus,” Mees said. “During what can be considered a peak hour [from two to four p.m.]academic institutions can confirm that [there] there have been at least 800 parking spaces available across campus every day since the start of the semester.
Mees also explained that the excessive traffic is primarily caused by the geography of the Montclair State campus.
« The Montclair [State] is surrounded by two-lane urban streets and train tracks, is located on a mountain, and is bordered by a major highway,” Mees said. “These aspects of our location impose traffic restrictions and are beyond the control of the university.”