Parking issues discussed at forum


ZACH RUBIO | The Daily Evergreen

WSU student Michael Sinclair expressing his concerns with the zone split of parking lot one located behind Orton Hall, 8.31.17

LINH NGUYEN, Evergreen reporter

WSU students and faculty expressed dissatisfaction with issues regarding transportation and parking at a forum on Thursday night.

President Kirk Schulz hosted the event, accompanied by a committee of speakers who presented basic information regarding funds throughout campus, dedicated to parking.

Several faculty, staff, and students spoke about their concerns with parking.

One faculty member, Greg Yasinitsky, the director of the School of Music, said the campus’s lack of parking does allow for more eco-friendly options, such as taking the bus or riding a bike to work, but that also creates other challenges as well.

“Have you tried riding a bike while carrying a tuba?” Yasinitsky said.

Faculty and students asked about when new modern bike racks would be installed, the availability of temporary guest parking passes and a new way to educate students on the use of stoplights and crosswalks.

During the forum, faculty services went over the Campus Master Plan for parking, first created in 2011.

This plan included a group of staff that reviewed the future for WSU’s campus. This included the construction of several new buildings that interfered with previous parking lots, causing controversy for those who relied on parking on campus.

Although parking is an issue that is usually pushed aside, Stacy Pearson, Vice President of Finance and Administration, said the ideas of cost and land must be considered before making any huge changes within the Pullman campus.

Pearson said new parking garages had been discussed. She said the plan is confirmed to not take place for the upcoming year.

Reporting by Linh Nguyen