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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Grr. Stupid Parking Permit

Stanford just announced their parking permit prices for the new fiscal year. It's gone up by just shy of $150 for the good permit. Arg. This seems just a tad unfair as this is one area where their costs haven't increased and where their employees are already being squeezed on so many financial fronts. Everyone who can realistically take public transit has already switched because of gas prices.

Guess I get to downgrade to the cheap permit and start getting my butt out of bed earlier. I'm gonna miss my A permit. It gave me the freedom to run to lunch off campus, to quickly and painlessly transport materials to meetings across campus, and to always have a parking spot. Now I'm going back to a hunting license. Better be to work before 8 every day. Boo!

I will endeavor to have lunch off campus this month a few times while I still can. I hear Darbar and China Delight calling me now!


  • I remember when I was temping at Stanford many years ago. I really only could afford a C pass, which put me out in the further away places, but at one point I sprained my foot and got a Handicap pass for a week. Foot was better sooner than that, but for the week parking was awesome.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 11:28 PM  

  • the question is, "Is it worth 62 cents a day for the spiffy paring place?"

    the next question is, "Why the heck are they nickle and dimeing their employees?"

    By Blogger Fezziwig, at 12:09 AM  

  • Stanford uses pay parking to help limit car rides to and from campus. The county only allows Stanford so many trips. They are always within 1% of max. Any time a new bldg is announced Stanford has to cut current trips by the number of expected new trip for that bldg. They want to make it difficult so people will not drive as much. ie costly parking permits and long walks from parking. Ammy you could take Caltrains, it is easy. Even if you only use it once a week/every other week. Stanford will give you a free train/VTA pass. Try it. I bet you will fine it simplier than you think. Stanford policy has got me from driving daily to commutting full time.

    By Blogger velocycling, at 10:50 AM  

  • Trust me, I fully comprehend all of the GUP issues and so forth. But Caltrain doesn't work for me as my hours are very irregular (I left the office at 9:20 last night), and I almost always don't go home directly after work (instead going to ceili, a show, a friend's house, dinner, etc.). I tried to plan Caltrain into my life, but it takes twice as long to get to work and doesn't go to where I go after work (frequently the East Bay). The A permit price jumps every year, but this year's jump was far larger than normal and I just think that's a little cavalier considering all the cost of living increases we've all had to absorb in the past year already and that we've already gotten the low raises/budget crunch talk.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 11:52 AM  

  • The good news is that the parking lot at Stock Farm & campus drive has *always* had C spots available, except two weeks ago when they repaved the lot and closed a half of it at a time. It's about a ten minute walk from there to your office, but that's not too bad.

    By Blogger tshuma, at 8:29 PM  

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