Thousands of students were finding their way around the UNO campus Monday. It was the first day of classes and it came equipped with crowds, traffic and a fast introduction to Parking 101.
The first lesson that many UNO students learn is to park at the Crossroads and take the shuttle to campus.
The shuttle is free and it keeps you off crowded streets, out of the jam-packed parking lots and off the hook for long walks.
Sophomore Jahne Maddock said, “Today we parked on the back half of Elmwood and had to walk up here.” The trek was, “like a seven minute walk, maybe 10, I don’t know.”
Officials expect enrollment to be up on campus. That means more traffic and more people in motion. It’s a learning experience for the new kids on the UNO block.
Freshman Blak Jeyer said, “The traffic getting here was kind of rough so I haven’t got my parking permit yet. My sister told me, she goes here – she’s a junior, she told me just park at Elmwood. It’s a little walk to school.”
The experienced students say this type of wall-to-wall traffic and bumper-to-bumper parking won’t last long.
Graduate student Zane Starks said, “It’s crazy right now. I don’t know if it’s always like this but first week of school I’m parked six blocks away from campus at least. So, it’s crazy.”
If you do find parking on campus and there’s a meter in front of your car, don’t lose track of time. Meter attendants don’t cut any slack, even on the first day.
UNO officials say with the parking garage and the shuttle system there is plenty of parking.
UNO’s Bill Pickett said, “We do have plenty of parking. It’s just a lot of students like to have parking at the front door of their building that’s not always going to work.”
All of this should calm down in a couple of weeks.
UNO has 1,000 parking stalls in the Crossroads parking garage. The shuttle runs back and forth from there to the campus.