Parking Rate Increases Takes Toll On Some Students

Parking Rate Increases Takes Toll On Some Students

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Parking rate increases at Utah State University is taking a toll on some students and visitors.

Last month, university officials increased student and faculty parking passes to campus lots between 40 and 115 percent. Now, they've hiked prices up again.

This time officials raised rates by 50 percent for the terrance parking structure.

Sophomore Jackie Banda says between the parking pass increase and the rise in the terrace and meter prices, it has become a huge financial burden placed on top of increasing tuition.

Daily surveillance of the parking structure indicates other students are feeling the pinch as well. Even during peak class times, the structure's top tier has few cars.

However, Lisa Leishman, director of Parking and Transportation Services, says all the increases were necessary in order to generate revenue to build a new parking structure on campus.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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