Parking tickets racking up for students

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Two cars are pictured outside of Moudy North with tickets on the windshield for parking in “no parking” zones. Photo by Lindsey Follis.

With fines starting at $50, TCU students have racked up over $110,000 in parking tickets since the spring semester started in mid-January.

Construction on campus and tardiness to class are just two complaints that TCU students have about what they call “a lack of parking.”

Vice Chancellor of Public Safety, Adrian Peters, disagrees.

“Lot 3 and Lot 4 are never full,” he said.

These parking lots are located near the football stadium.

Lauren Beury, a sophomore education major, said she’s contributed to the $110k.

“I got three tickets in one day last semester and two tickets so far this semester,” she said. 

This spring is on track to have about 1,000 fewer citations than last year.

“Since the beginning of spring semester TCU PD have written 2,240 citations across the campus,” Andrews said. “There were 7,656 citations in spring 2018.”

The different parking violations on campus can be viewed on TCU PD’s website.

“I ride my bike (scooter) so I don’t get tickets and I can get from weights to class and not worry about a parking spot,” said Dalton Brown, a junior studio arts major who plays on the university’s baseball team.

“Free parking signs” have been set up around campus by an unidentified student to protest the lack of parking on campus. 

“There are so many unused lots at TCU that it makes no sense for TCU to not let students utilize them and comes across as TCU literally wanting to make easy money off of students through parking tickets,” Beury said. “Especially because if you don’t pay them you get a boot that has to be removed and is very expensive.” 

Additional “no parking” signs were added to the neighborhood surrounding Moudy North over winter break.

“TCU PD does not issue any citations on city streets resulting from negotiations between residents and the city,” Andrews said.

Brown believes the residents are in the right to negotiate with the city so students can’t park in front of their homes, particularly on Waits and Boyd Ave and Cockrell Street.

“It would disrupt their everyday life,” Andrews said.

Andrews suggests students use the shuttle service that runs campus wide. The schedule is accessible on TCU PD’s website.