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TACOMA: Parking meters hurt students, too

Letter by Ally D. Molloy, Tacoma on Oct. 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm with 6 Comments »
October 20, 2010 2:29 pm

As a student and a resident in Tacoma, I can understand the fuss of the newly implemented parking meters. For students, there was already a limited amount of parking spaces in downtown Tacoma that were free of charge, now with the limited spaces free, students are having to show up hours early to classes just to get a space. Classes run over two hours causing the students to leave class early to move their cars seeing as the meter is only good for two hours.

As for businesses thinking that this metered parking would increase their customers, they’re wrong. No visitor or resident is going to pay for a parking spot just to grab a cup of coffee.

I thought that hall monitors were just for high school, yet here we are with meter monitors on every corner waiting to assign a ticket. I do agree that there was an accurate amount of notice before tickets, yet there was no grace period to adjust to the change. I now know, as should every person who visits downtown Tacoma, to watch my back parking.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. jacknojack says:

    Your not the only one this hurts.

    Working people like my wife are now being pushed into paying for parking at the parking garages, we can’t afford to pay $100 plus a month. This was like a forced Tax.

  2. JustPhil says:

    Don’t you know about the parking garage (free all day parking) at the Tacoma Dome station, serviced by the Link? Why aren’t you parking there, rather than whinning about having to pay for a spot.

  3. fanciladi says:

    JustPhil…what a ‘not so nice’ way to tell someone about something he and others may not know…pretty demeaning to say the least!

  4. Also the Link only serves a small part of the downtown area.

  5. But it does serve the UWT. It’s inconvenient because you have to leave extra time to park and shuttle in to school, but this letter writer says the students are already arriving hours early so they can park for free so what’s the difference?

  6. Park for free in the Dome, Ride the Link.

    It is not the city’s responsibility to provide parking for UWT students – the university needs to do that.

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