LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—It's about half way through the first semester with the new parking ramp at UW-La Crosse and officials say they've been hearing positive things about the extra couple hundred spots it adds.
But some are still frustrated, like UW-L Junior Alexandrea Hemmele.
"There's been times where I'll get up late or I'll be doing homework so I'll have to drive to campus to make to class on time," Hemmele said.
Even then, the search for a spot can make her a few minutes late to class.
"You're like trying to figure out can my car fit there? Is it too small? And it's like, oh am I allowed to park there or else will I get a ticket?" Hemmele said.
Across campus, Junior Amber Miller, doesn't have those problems.
"Between what I spent on meters and the time I spent driving around, it made more sense to buy a pass," Miller said.
Evidence the new ramp is working to alleviate some problems can be found on the streets.
"We've seen definitely less street parking," Scott Rohde, Director of Police Services said. "As you look around the vicinity of campus you'll see you are actually able to find a place which is usually not the case."
Right now, the 600 space ramp is pretty empty too.
"Typically at the beginning of the year we see more moped and bicycle use and people tend to bring their car right about this time between October 31-thanksgiving," Rohde said.
They expect all of these spots to be taken soon because lets face it, in Wisconsin, parking in a covered lot is much more convenient.
"I know when the winter comes and the snow is here I'm not going to be trucking through snow to get to my car the whole way," Kelsey Kutzke, UW-L Sophomore said.
Even with this addition, there are still plenty of college students on a budget that would rather take their chance finding a free spot on the street.
It costs a student living on campus $168 a semester to park on campus or anyone can pay $5 a day to park in the ramp.
Discussion has already begun about adding two new decks to the parking ramp, to accommodate spots they'll lose with upcoming building projects, like the new student center and science building.
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