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UA raises parking permit costs for new school year

Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 21:43:33-04
The University of Arizona raised its parking permit costs for the new school year.
According to the Parking and Transportation Department, there are 17,000 parking spots.
More than 40,000 students attend the UA.
The UA has seven parking garages and the cost for a spot in one of those garages is $672 dollars for the year.
That is a three percent increase from last year and some say it's too expensive. 
"I don't pay for parking...I go around the neighborhood and look for a parking space," said Joanna Zozaya, a UA student.
Another student has parked on campus for two years now and says this year has been the most crowded.
"It's like getting stuck in line around here and getting all the way to the 6th floor. It just takes forever, said Thomas Gasparino, a UA student.
David Heineking, Executive Director of Parking and Transportation, says that it needs to raise the cost to support alternative transportation programs. 
"It is important that we balance the cost of the parking permit with the funds that we need to support the alternative  transportation," said Heineking. "We don't have enough parking on campus for everybody to drive so we have to have those alternative means to do so."
Some of the alternative transportation services on campus: Safe Ride, Cat Tran, or the department will pay for 50% of a bus pass.
The department says it's already working to increase parking for students and faculty. They are in the process of writing up plans to build a new garage on the southside of campus to help with the congestion.