Morning Fix: North, South, East aaaaand West of the Pecos

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Comment by Dan Ehrig on November 30, 2007 at 8:27am
I think it would b e a pretty good idea for UNM/CNM and their branch campuses to acquire and maintain park and ride lots in areas heavily populated by their students such as the far NE Heights, the west side, the north valley etc.
Comment by freekbuoy on November 30, 2007 at 9:36am
Y'know what would solve all of UNM's parking problems?
That's right, I said it. Monorail!
But that's more of a Shelbyville idea...
Comment by bleve on November 30, 2007 at 10:27am
GAO report... I guess we'll have to wait for a National disaster in our backyard to realize that putting an entire community at risk with nuclear weapons testing and nuclear dumping isn't a good idea. When a disaster does occur we'll have politicians like Pete D. to thank for the selling out of their constituents and framing it as "more jobs" with no oversight and no economic growth options in those areas.

UNM parking is an expensive bandaid for problem that was not well thought out. Satellite sites and distance education courses offered online can ease some of the burden. Its easy to say everybody should ride their bikes or take the bus when you live a within a mile or two radius of the campus but those same people would think different if they lived ten miles away with a shitty bus route that was never on time as their only option. I believe the bus routes need to be expanded and I also believe the University should lease out dozens of parking lots within a two-three mile radius, not just a couple of park and ride spots, and have shuttles going back and forth all day.

These spots should be free with your tuition... its ridiculous that a student has to pay hundreds of dollars to park a mile away and then bus in. Also, professors at the University should not be automatically granted first crack at parking spots.

The parking situation reflects the university administration's overall disregard for the students, who's good money keeps the university running.
Comment by SoyJames on November 30, 2007 at 10:41am
"Varmint, I'm a-gonna b-b-b-bloooow yah t'smithereenies!"
Comment by John on November 30, 2007 at 11:12am
"Does Rio Rancho need a better public transportation system?"

Does Rio Rancho HAVE a public transportation system?

bleve, providing parking is an incredibly expensive ordeal. Not only do you have to maintain the lots but you also have to operate all those convinent parking shuttles. The quote from the UNM student in that story ("I just think they need to expand the parking lots and just keep the prices") is a ridiculous statement. How are we supposed to spend all this money to expand parking the money for parking comes for the parking fees? If the money doesn't come from parking fees, where should it come from?

And besides, if parking was free, what kind of incentive would that be to use alternative modes of transit?

The bus system does need to be expanded, absolutely. However, even if you can't take the bus straight from your house you can still drive down to an ABQ Ride park & ride lot, like the ones at Uptown, Montano Plaza, and Unser/Central and just ride the Rapid Ride to campus. These options still need to be expanded, but it's something.
Comment by Phil_0 on November 30, 2007 at 11:20am
Yeah once banned...I think Sandoval County runs a single bus line, but otherwise the "City of Vision" is transit-less. Except for the few ABQ Ride routes they piggy-back onto.

Third biggest "city" in the state, and no mass transit system - ay yai yai. Las Cruces has one, Santa Fe has one; I'm pretty sure I saw some kind of bus stop in Tularosa last week. That's *Otero County*, folks - come on, Rio Rancho, get your act together!
Comment by Phil_0 on November 30, 2007 at 11:22am
Oh, and do you think parking lots and parking garages get paid for? The University has to use up land and shell out money so that students who live 10 miles away from campus can have the luxury of a dedicated parking lot waiting for them only a short walk or a (free) bus ride away from their classrooms. That ain't cheap...which is why you have to pay for parking.
Comment by bleve on November 30, 2007 at 11:31am
John, I think you're right from the current way they run things. I think there should be a combined yearly or semester fee that each student has to pay... if I'm correct the students that have never used a bus still subsidize it with their fees, so if there was a combined parking/bus fee it could be used for both.

I'm all for encouraging everybody to ride the bus but one has to look at it practically... and look at from the point for view of many of these kids aren't even making their own decision of transportation.

As far as encouraging students to not drive, that is the job of the administration as well as the student body. You could easily come up with cheap incentives and a campaign. Also, I believe UNM should utilize its student body and its different schools for combating problems like this.... like the urban planning school come up with an option... a real world problem to figure out and fix efficiently.
Comment by bleve on November 30, 2007 at 11:47am
Phil O, I understand that it aint cheap and believe the cost should be distributed equally with other transportation fees to every student. It would be nice if we could just deny driving for all students and that would force everything to change but that isn't realistic.

And one's perspective is obviously slanted by where one lives in relation to the university... so it is nice to have the (luxury) of living close to UNM. In the real world there are thousands of people that go to UNM that aren't in the 18-22 year old category, and actually have jobs and kids to drop off and pick up from school and have to make tough, compromised travel decisions based on obligations to family and self preservation.
Comment by SoyJames on November 30, 2007 at 1:30pm
Perverts are the reason we drop off our kid off at school every day via scooter! Cue someone telling me how we shouldn't put a child on the back of a scooter... And cue someone else complaining about how there are too many scooters on UNM campus sidewalks, talking up valuable bicycle space...


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