Dear 100 Hour Board,
Do you believe the parking situation at BYU can or will ever be improved to a reasonable level?
-The Old Bookshop
No, I don't think so. Nor should it, in my opinion. Neither Provo City nor BYU will invest in cars, because they are trying to get people to stop driving. If you'll allow me, I'm going to tell you exactly why. My understanding of this issue is pretty one-sided. To me it seems like a no-brainer, and that means I've lost the argument already. So if someone feels the need to inform me I'd be happy to hear it.
There isn't any actual physical space to add the parking. The streets of Provo are already congested and are expected to get much worse in the next few years. Not to mention air quality. Pollution actually kills people. If it's not high enough to be killing people in Provo, it's high enough to be making them sicker (you know like cancer patients, children, and the elderly?) We don't want to accommodate vehicles any more than we already have. The city is fitfully investing in cycling infrastructure and effective public transit. They are sacrificing road navigability to do it (hence the mess of 700 N), and I'm not 100% confident they've executed that well. But understanding the present and future problems of Provo city has helped me appreciate and be patient with the construction and parking problems.
You can walk, bike, or take the bus. If you are far from campus you can take the Frontrunner and then the bus (It's not that bad. I know a lot of people who live in SLC and do this every day.) If you are far from campus and the Frontrunner option is abhorrent to you, you can drive to Provo and park somewhere easy and then walk or take the bus.
Before you categorize me as a liberal, I should tell you that I'm not one. I'm not trying to enforce any kind of environmental agenda, although the environment is a factor here. This is the way Provo city is going. It's just happening. The economic choice for each of us is to adapt, and to do it early. Start teaching yourself how to get around Provo without driving. Driving is just going to get harder and harder. Save yourself the parking tickets, help out the town, and figure out a new way.
It could always improve, but that doesn't mean it will.
Honestly, probably not. Provo isn't going to get smaller, and we can't just create space. Unless they put in underground parking or ugly parking garages, I think it's probably only likely to get worse. That being said, I second Babalugats in her motion that more people take the bus. Especially students who live close by, driving to campus is ridiculous. I mean, I now live about a 30-40 minute walk away and I still don't drive. Pebble's brother drives every day and it makes me really disappointed. We're way too reliant on cars, and maybe we don't NEED more parking, we need more people to make better, environmentally sensible transportation choices - especially since the bus system is free right now.
Dear OG Bookshop,
Personally, I would love for BYU to put up a big parking garage. I mean I could walk to school, but I'm usually running late and live south of campus so it's a (literal) uphill battle to get to class on time. I would pay (extra, I'm already paying for Y lot) for a guaranteed spot right by the engineering building. But, apparently there are zoning issues with above-ground parking, and it throws off BYU's aesthetic.