Playland lot to continue offering parking relief

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Parking attendant Roy Ramirez helps to guide vehicles to the correct parking spaces Thursday, in the parking garage.  Photo by Riley Stephens

Parking attendant Roy Ramirez helps to guide vehicles to the correct parking spaces Thursday, in the parking garage. Photo by Riley Stephens

Communication design sophomore Jordan Anascavage takes out materials for his class Thursday in Lot 9 north of visual arts.  Photo by Monica Correa

Communication design sophomore Jordan Anascavage takes out materials for his class Thursday in Lot 9 north of visual arts. Photo by Monica Correa

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By AMANDA RIOS

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

Student parking isn’t expected to get any better for the spring semester.

Parking spots are limited because lots are partially closed to provide for the remodeling of Moody Learning Center and as a staging area for expansion of Scobee Planetarium and construction of the Challenger Learning Center.

Lots 26, 33 and 31 near Main Avenue and West Evergreen Street are also closed for construction of a parking garage and the Tobin Hill Lofts, a public-private partnership.

For extra parking, students and faculty still will be able to use 650 parking spots at the district-owned property that formerly was Playland Park at 2222 N. Alamo about 1.4 miles from this campus. Playland parking is open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and a shuttle will run between the lot and Fletcher Administration Center. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes throughout the day.  The last pickup from this campus will be at 6 p.m.

“Instead of student roaming around in the garage and parking lots, which could lead to students being late for classes, we decided to have more available parking options,” Vanessa C. Torres, public relations director, said.

Students with a parking permit who take night classes will be able to park in faculty parking lots after 5 p.m.

Students who bought an annual parking permit for $50 in the fall will not need a new permit. Parking permits for the spring semester are $30, and $18 for the summer. In the fall, permits for parking lots will remain $50, but a permit to park in garages will be $200.

To avoid parking charges and hassles, students can purchase a five-month semester bus pass for VIA Metropolitan Transit for $35.  Students can buy a parking permit and semester bus pass in the business office in Room 201 of Fletcher Administration Center.

The bus pass can be used to ride VIA buses at any time during that period.

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