A growing number of students are frustrated with the fact that prime parking spaces — designated as disability parking spots — are going unused, but eliminating the designation from these spots is not an option for Binghamton University.
According to Sue Crane, director of Parking Services, a certain number of parking spots are required to be marked as disability parking by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Crane said that Binghamton University wouldn’t remove less-used spaces because of these requirements.
“Binghamton creates and locates spaces in compliance with these standards and in consultation with our ADA Coordinators, parking committee and others (police, physical facilities),” Crane wrote in an email. “Whether or not an accessible space is heavily utilized is not a valid consideration under legal standards to move or eliminate it.”
According to Crane, her goal as the director is to expand parking space while ensuring that BU is in compliance with all regulations.
“We are continually looking at all parking lots and available spaces around campus,” she wrote.
Heather Clark, a junior majoring in linguistics, said parking is a hassle for off-campus students.
“I’m okay with parking up the [M-lot] hill if I’m going to be on campus all day long — that is not a problem,” Clark said. “However, if I drive 15 minutes to come to campus for one class, or just a meeting, then it is very irritating to have to spend extra time finding a spot and walking back and forth from the school.”
According to Ricky Moses, a junior majoring in computer science, construction is the biggest obstacle to parking.
“A perfect spot for a new lot would be right where they are building the new dorms,” Moses said. “Plus, the construction workers take half the good spots around CIW and the commuter lot, so there are even less spots. And they have their own lot!”
Vincenzo Asaro, a junior majoring in integrative neuroscience, also said parking was lacking. Asaro said part-time disability parking spaces could help with the problem.
“I like the handicapped spaces that have the time limit on them, because I agree that the spaces are not always full, but they have to be there,” Asaro said.