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UA parking creating heartburn at the Capitol

University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart got an ear full from lawmakers today about the $50 fine students are getting for parking illegally on the Fayetteville campus.

“This is an area where I continue to have heartburn,” said Rep. David Dunn, D-Forrest City, who has two children attending the university and complained he’s paid $200 in parking tickets already this fall.    

Gearhart acknowledged the fine is excessive but told lawmakers it’s about driving home to students the need to observe parking regulations on the Fayetteville campus.

UA officials say parking fines generate about $2 million annually for the university’s parking and transit budget. That’s in addition to the $2 million that campus parking fees contribute to the kitty.

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3 Responses to “UA parking creating heartburn at the Capitol”

  1. October 30th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Student says:

    Gearhart should understand that we know we need to observe parking regulations, but we CAN’T. It’s impossible to park legally when every single legal parking space is full by 8:00 each morning. Gearhart knows that. When he lets the UA sell twice as many permits as there are spaces, he can’t expect us to follow impossible regulations.

  2. November 15th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    Shawn Chopper says:

    I’ve been a part-time student at the U of A since 2002, and I can tell you that the student parking spaces have continued to dwindle every year. Oh, sure, there’s the bus, and plenty of parking on the edge of campus on Lot 56 by Sixth Street, but you HAVE to take a bus then. I haven’t rode a bus in a while because IT TAKES TOO LONG! The U of A is using the tickets as a major source of revenue. It’s also almost impossible to get a ticket overturned. I get off of work at 6 am and can’t find a close parking space. I have to park off of Leverett Street because they gave 1/2 of the student parking by Bell Engineering and the radio station to the faculty. The rest is filled up by frat people.

  3. November 15th, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Shawn Chopper says:

    I’ve been a part-time student at the U of A since 2002, and I can tell you that there are fewer and fewer places every year for students to park except on the edges of the campus where you are forced to ride a bus. They have given most of the student parking that was close to the campus buildings to faculty or have built on them. The U of A is using the tickets as a major source of income and are trying to force the students to park in the new parking garage to help pay for it. It’s also almost impossible to overturn a ticket, and the Ticket Office personnel are known as the ‘Gestapo’ by some students. I have watched them at Sylas Hunt Hall parking meters waiting for someone’s time to run out so they could write them a ticket. I don’t mind walking, but it’s riduculous.

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