UH parking tight on 1st day of classesUPDATED 7:28 PM HST Aug 26, 2013Video Transcript
For many who commute to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, today's back to school jam didn't end when they left the highway. KITV4's Justin Fujioka looked into the parking problems on campus. It's all new at six. It's the first day of classes at U-H and parking is at a premium. The Lower Campus Parking Structure is by far the largest lot here... with approximately three-thousand spaces. A semester pass is available mostly to seniors, juniors and those who carpool. For the current fall semester, U-H's Commuter and Fleet Services says it has issued about 29-hundred of these passes. While some say that's over selling... others say they should sell more. Randolph Bautista: "I THINK THEY SHOULD OPEN PASSES FOR PEOPLE TO BUY, CAUSE FIVE DOLLARS A DAY IS JUST RIDICULOUS." Everyone without a pass must buy a five-dollar, one- day permit... but they're only allowed to do so when the lot is not full. Randolph Bautista: "IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PASS, THEY CLOSE IT OFF TO THE PUBLIC." Sarah May: "EVEN IF YOU HAVE A PARKING PASS, YOU'RE STILL NOT GUARANTEED TO HAVE A SPOT. SO IF YOU HAVE A CLASS AFTER 8:30 OR 8:00, MOST OF THE TIME THE LOT IS FULL. SO LIKE YOU'RE YOU'RE REALLY OUT OF LUCK." Other options include... street parking in the Manoa neighborhood, or expensive upper campus lots. Justin Fujioka: "AND ADDING TO THE PARKING PROBLEMS AT THE LOWER CAMPUS STRUCTURE IS THE DECREASING AMOUNT OF STALL AT UPPER CAMPUS LOTS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, WITH SOME STALLS BEING LOST COMPLETELY BECAUSE OF NEW BUILDINGS." U-H says it sells a large amount of passes because permit holders don't park there all day, every day. But on a few occasions, like the first week of classes ... the Lower Campus Parking Structure is filled to the max. But if you have a pass... Jun Cabison: "THEY STILL LET ME IN, BUT IT'LL TAKE ME LIKE LONGER THAN USUAL TO ACTUALLY FIND PARKING." Campus security says in the past, when there are no available stalls in the structure for permit-holders, they find spaces for them in unmarked stalls or other lots. A Lower Campus Parking Structure permit is 142 dollars a semester. Live in the newsroom, Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News.