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Parking prices on the rise again

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It won't be long until students cough up even more loose change for parking at the University of Calgary.

Starting May 1, students could pay a flat rate of $4 to $6 per day if the Board of Governors approve a parking rate increase. This compares to $3.50 to $6 students currently spend on daily parking.

According to parking and traffic services director Susan Austen, parking rates could increase for meter lots as well. Right now, prices range from $3 to $12 an hour and will likely reach a maximum of $18 an hour.

Austen believes that the increase of daily parking is still gen- erally affordable.

"The rates are still market-driven," she said. "We do lots of surveys before we make these changes and they're still within reasonable price [ranges] for people."

However, some U of C students are expressing a different opinion.

"It would really suck because it adds up, especially in the winter time when it gets cold and you want to park closer to school," said Pablo Garcia, a fourth-year kinesiology student. "I would say it would make things a little [tighter] financially because sometimes you could spend that on other things."

Parking permits are also increasing in cost. Students, faculty and staff will pay $50 in the spring and $100 in the summer to park at McMahon Stadium starting in May. For each month it will cost $80 for surface lots with plug-ins or proximity, $74 for surface lots without plug-ins or proximity, $107 for the Art Parkade and $122 for the MacEwan Hall Parkade, starting in June.

Although these figures seem high to some, Austen thinks students can rely on other modes of transportation or student U-Passes, which cost $80 for an entire semester and are automatically added to tuition fees.

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