Visitor Center Liaison
At colleges and universities all over the country, parking is still an issue. Fortunately, Winston-Salem State University is taking great strides to address the situation and alleviate many of its on-campus parking woes.
Some of the improvements include:
- Permits will be assigned to a specific lot
- All permit holders will be allowed to park at the shuttle lot (see map) in the event they are unable to find a spot in their designated lot
- Meters have been installed in various areas across campus.
- The majority of the faculty/staff lots are gated where possible
- Evening Permit holders: gates will be lifted during evening hours
- On-street parking has been eliminated on Wallace Street, Old Stadium Drive and Bank Street to allow for the shuttle and emergency vehicles
- Perimeter parking has been eliminated to increase safety and access for emergency personnel
- Employees will be allowed to use pre-tax income to pay for their parking
- Additional shelters have been added at shuttle stops
To help ease this transition, Winston-Salem State University is also ramping up its existing shuttle service to campus. Additional drivers and a handicapped-accessible bus have been added to the scheduled shuttle routes to decrease wait times and provide consistent transit service for a maximum number of passengers. With the addition of paved parking lots, covered shelters, extra shuttles and consistent campus routes, why not take advantage of the service? On the shuttle ride you can:
- Send text messages and check your e-mail
- Take the time to relax and think about your plans for the day
- Prepare for your first class of the day
- Have extra study time for a test or exam
- Unwind and spend some time reading, listening to music, etc.
- Talk with your friends who are also riding the shuttle
- Make new friends or compare notes for class
- Think about your plans for the evening and reflect on the day when returning to your vehicle
Perhaps the greatest benefit of the new parking system is increased safety and convenience for everyone as a result of decreasing frustration and anxiety encountered trying to find a parking space. Also, the time students and faculty/staff are given to relax and reflect from the point they leave their cars to the point they enter the classroom or office can be quite beneficial in decreasing stress and improving attitude and the overall campus experience.