Students call for monthly, semesterly parking passes
The Imperial Parking Canada Corporation provides three options when it comes to parking on campus: four hours for $3.50, short-term parking for $1.50 per half hour, or $7 until 11:40 p.m., all of which are on a pay-by-stall system. Parking permits are currently only available for college employees.
Langara is one of a few campuses in the Lower Mainland that doesn’t offer monthly or weekly passes for students.
Langara wants to promote public transit over driving
Raymond Yeung, U-Pass and transportation coordinator for Langara, said in order to encourage the use of public transit, Langara decided not to offer a monthly pass for students.
“The college considered monthly parking passes for students in the past, but felt that by having students pre-pay for a parking pass, it would discourage them from using U-Pass BC or transit later on,” said Yeung.
Students say there are not enough parking options
However, Langara kinesiology student Randy Dalen said he would benefit from a monthly or weekly pass if one were made available.
Brooke Miller, a general studies student, said Langara’s current parking system is too restrictive.
“It’s annoying how you have to pay for a stall, if you pay for all day parking you can’t leave that stall,” said Miller.
Other post-secondary institutions offer a wider variety of campus parking options for students and faculty.
For example, Simon Fraser University has semester parking rates that range from $279 for an outdoor lot or $490 for an indoor lot. Kwantlen Polytechnic University also offers a weekly parking pass for $14.
Reported by Madelyn Forsyth