Letter to the Editor: Commuter Services hike rates again


As an employee, I have always found it annoying to have to pay significant money to park on property owned by my employer, regardless of the “services” added. Up until a few years ago, I was content with an E permit, but circumstances changed in my life and I decided to change to an A permit.

Now, with the recent cheery postcard from Commuter Services, I see that the privilege has become more expensive. Through the process of five years, the cost has become twice that of student parking and four times the cost for the “economy” class of U society. My circumstances are such that I can live without those benefits of the privileged class at the U, so that is what I’m doing.

What bothers me most is the fact that we are introduced to this increase one day before it takes place, which does not even give us the opportunity to change in time to avoid the first increased payroll deduction.

Besides this, there is a $6 charge to change from an A permit to another. Even the health benefits give the opportunity to change plans once a year without penalty.

I hope the Commuter Services folks have a nice party enjoying my extra payment, since it was too late for me to cancel before the amount was taken out of my paycheck.

Joseph Buchanan

Staff, Marriott Library