The start of every semester guarantees parking problems at Long Beach State, but the administration has tried to combat the issue with the assisted parking program this semester.
The program is scheduled for the first eight weeks of the semester in lots G2, G6, G7 and G12, according to the Director of Parking and Operations Robyn Ames-Woodyard.
“The demand for parking typically subsides significantly after the first eight weeks of the semester,” Ames-Woodyard said. “We will be monitoring parking demand throughout the eight week period, and can extend the assisted parking program if it is needed.”
Parking and operations said that parking at the start of fall semester is always stressful, and this is the department’s newest method of tackling high volumes of traffic. Last year’s strategy, off-campus overflow parking, was met with a lot of issues.
Students reported difficulty using the shuttles to the off-campus lot in the early morning or in the evening, thus causing students to have to walk two miles off campus to get back to their cars after night classes.
According to Ames-Woodyard the school wasn’t able to find another off-campus lot to use, and the previous lot wasn’t available this year. Instead, CSULB chose to partner with Empire Parking Lot Services to provide a valet-type service for students this semester.
“Parking will be paying approximately $400,000 for this eight week program,” Ames-Woodyard said. “The cost includes the assisted parking services and the cost to add three more shuttles to the on-campus fleet for the duration of the program.”
The money primarily comes from parking permit fees, according to Ames-Woodyard.
The strategy that will be utilized for assisted parking in the general lots will be for students to park their own cars, and then turn in their keys so workers can move their cars to stack parking, according to employees Henry Bustamante and Rosalind Williams.
“We’re expecting to find everybody, for a peaceful day, a fine parking space…and [to] get to class on time,” Bustamante said.
Assisted parking is scheduled for the fall 2019 semester with no plans to extend the program into the spring semester or for fall 2020.