diegoforlan10 wrote:Gonna go ahead and necro this thread so that I don't derail the c/o 2015 thread. I'm having serious issues figuring out parking. I'm probably going to be living southwest of campus, in a condo on Windsor but about mile or so east of Windsor West (just under 3 miles away from the law school). I'll have free parking and a garage there, which is perfect, so that issue is settled. However, I'm trying to figure out the best way to commute to the law school and I'm getting pretty frustrated. I'm too far away to regularly walk from home so that's out of the picture.
First, there is little bus service to my area. The navy line is the only one that comes by this house and it is very limited. Something like three times in the eight o'clock hour in the morning, and then once each hour from 4-6 in the afternoons. I could make relying on the bus system work, but I'd prefer to have some more leeway to go to the gym in the mornings or evenings, come home for lunch, etc.
Second, I was seriously considering buying a permit for lot E-24 (the one next to the ARC). This would give me great flexibility to use the facility on my own schedule and is pretty close to the law school. Unfortunately, it's currently full AND it costs a ridiculous $540 a year (seriously that has to be a joke, an undergrad parking permit at the University of Maryland, which is right outside of DC in an area 100x more congested than Chambana "only" cost $350).
Third, paying the meters for anything more than 3 hours a day, five times a week mathematically costs more than buying a $540 permit. I think I'm going to want to camp out on campus during the day - in other words, get there in the morning and try to get everything done before heading back in the late afternoon or evening. The meters will kill me if I have to pay for 8 hours worth of parking a day.
Lastly, the shuttle lot (E-14). So far this seems like the most reasonable choice. Google Maps says its about a 15 minute walk from the law building. This doesn't sound crazy, but will likely be a problem once the cold sets in. The only shuttle that goes to the law school is the Navy line, which again only runs in that one hour in the morning and that limited amount in the afternoon. Cost is $127 but you can not park there 24/7.
And super-lastly, the rumoured "secret lot" in the nothwest corner of the Assembly Hall. Apparently you're never allowed to park there, but no one ever checks. However it is not always accessible.
Can anyone comment on what methods you use to commute in to school if you live in a similar area or similar distance from campus? Which of these options would you pick if you were in my situation? I'm leaning towards the shuttle lot. If I need to head home or something when the Navy line isn't running I can always just hoof it. A 15 minute walk in the cold won't kill me (I hope).
E-14 and then pay at the meters occasionally as budget permits and time/weather require.
Seems to work well for me and still costs less than the $540 lots if you park at E-14 as often as is practical...
Alternatively, Get a cheap scooter and a $65 Scooter/motorcycle sticker and park right in front of the law school.
Ultimately, that's what I ended up doing after already having an E-14 tag. On nice or even not so nice, but not horrible weather days, it's the best option for me (and several other fellow law students).
Like everyone else, I'm on the waitlist for E-15, but I don't suspect I'll get that option until 3L year at best if at all, but now that I have a scooter, I probably wouldn't pay the big bucks for that tag anymore now.
On another note, Parking at Saint Louis University, for example, is $810/year and that's for the garage all the way across campus from the law school, so in comparison, U of I isn't so bad!