Over the years, Rowan University has become a commuting college. Of the 12,183 students who attend, roughly 7,000 of them are commuters. Even though the commuter population is increasing, the number of parking spots available to commuters are limited. Commuters struggle to find parking spots daily, especially between 10:00am and 1:30pm, when many commuters schedule their classes. According to Rowan, it is estimated that there are 1500 parking spots available for commuter students, which is not even enough for half of the commuting population.
Rowan officials argue that not all commuters are on campus at the same time. Walter Andres Jr., the school’s parking administrator, argues that the real issue at hand isn’t one of availability, but simply preference. That however is not the case. While it is true that commuter lots are far from academic buildings, most commuters are just worried about finding a spot at all. Some commuters pay $120 a year for a parking permit to not even be able to park on Rowan property at all. Some students are forced to park on residential streets, which while not illegal, is causing some strain between the students and Glassboro residents.
Meanwhile, while commuters struggle to find spots, residential lots are only partially full. Parking is available on campus, but cannot be used by commuters because of the current lot designations. This is why we propose that Lot B, currently a resident lot, be converted to a commuter and residential lot. This solution would alleviate commuter's stress about parking without costing Rowan University any money. Furthermore, since Lot B is consistently has empty spaces throughout the day, this change should have no negative effect on resident students.