Everyone at the University of Delaware knows the parking and transportation system here could use quite a bit of improvement. Here are some questions students are dying to ask (but never actually would) them.
It’s an age-old tale. You get to the bus stop a couple minutes early just for the bus to arrive nearly ten minutes late. The next day you arrive right on time and it turns out the bus came 3 minutes ago. Is there a way to catch the bus reliably without wasting your time? Debatable.
Have you ever tried to catch a bus that says it’ll be at your stop in 10 minutes and by the time you get to the stop, the bus has disappeared from the map on your phone, like it never even existed? Yeah. My question is, why do they disappear? Are bus drivers switching shifts? Are they on break? Did the Bermuda Triangle suddenly move to Delaware? The world may never know.
Theoretically, buses should be pretty evenly spaced apart, so you never have to wait too long for a ride. But it always seems like there will be 3 buses at your stop within the next ten minutes, or there won’t be another one for a half hour. You may as well walk at that point.
The bus drivers do great work, and we’re all very grateful for them, especially when winter hits. But it just seems like they increase the joltiness of their driving on purpose when there are a bunch of students standing, holding on to the support handles for dear life. I’ve seen multiple people almost go flying across the bus.
Look, I get it. We all just got out of class and there’s a whole wave of us who just want to go home. But shoving people aside and practically fighting people over a spot on the bus is a little extreme. Let’s all just decide to be civilized and wait for our turns like respectful human beings.
Practically everyone I know with a car on campus has gotten at least one (usually multiple) parking ticket(s). Even if they aren’t that expensive, there are a lot of people on this campus daily. Campus parking services must make a fortune off of parking tickets alone, not to mention the constant flow of people paying to park everywhere on campus.
If you’re lucky, you can find a parking space near where you need to be. Or maybe you can find a free parking space, which is rare. But never both.
With people already so desperate for parking, and plans of the school to grow as most colleges do, what will we do about parking? Will freshmen not be allowed to have cars on campus? Or we will have to compete for parking spaces like it’s the Hunger Games? May the odds be ever in your favor.
I understand that there need to be incentives to not permanently park your car in a space that is meant to be shared. But college students are notoriously broke. Paying a couple bucks for parking here and there eventually adds up.
With the number of students who either don’t bring cars to campus or who choose not to drive to a certain place because of a lack of parking, Uber must be thriving on campus. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have the app on their phone.
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