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Parking: USC Nightmare or as Good as it Gets?

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President Harris Pastides encourages biking around campus as a better form of transportation President Harris Pastides encourages biking around campus as a better form of transportation
The Farmer's Market parking lot could be a parking option for students in the future The Farmer's Market parking lot could be a parking option for students in the future

By Cameron Widerman

Ask University of South Carolina students to talk about parking on-campus and the responses are almost unanimous.  

"The parking on this campus is horrible," One USC student said.

"I don't think is make senses to circle around the coliseum parking lot for 30 to 45 minutes before even finding a place," Another one added

But USC parking director Bill Baker says it's not as much of a problem as students think.

"The good news is with class schedules and such, not everyone is here at the same time," Baker says.

Bakers also says that spots are available in garages around campus. Students say that spots are too expensive to park in.

Garage passes range from $280-$340 a semester. Each spot costs between $250 and $500 dollars a year to maintain that spot.

On top of that, it costs $15,000 to build each spot in the garage.

The high costs and inconvience of parking has USC promoting other forms of transportation. The school won a bronze award for being a bike friendly university. USC President Harris Pastides says building garages on the outskirts of campus with bike racks is a future possibility.  

"It would be a cool thing to have bike racks out in the peripheral garages where you can leave your bike safe and dry," Pastides says, "You park your car, hop on your bike, then you come to your residence hall or office."

Bill Baker says another idea is to make parking available at the Farmers market lot across from Williams Brice Stadium. 

"There will be about 3,000 parking spaces available that will be used only six or seven Saturdays during the year," Baker says.

Students would be able to park there and then take a shuttle to campus.

None of these ideas are currently in the works, but are being discussed as future options as the school continues to grow.

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