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  • Texas Unversity Employee - No Free Parking

    I work for a Texas public university. I am required to pay $11 a month for parking and the parking lot is over 1/2 mile from my office. The parking lot is owned by the university.

    Is the university required to provide closer parking or free parking? I cant seem to find any laws (online) that mention parking.

  • #2
    No employer is required to provide parking near your place of business. That's why you can't find anything.

    Universities are usually VERY big places and 1/2 a mile is probably par for the course. One of the disadvantages of driving your own car to work. $11 is CHEAP!!!!!!!!!!!! There are millions of people who pay a lot more than that for parking. In downtown Pittsburgh, for example, a regular monthly parking space in a city garage is about $150 per month and that could be blocks from the office.

    But wait a minute, you're REQUIRED to pay for parking? What if you don't want to park in any of the university lots?
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    Last edited by Pattymd; 12-10-2009, 11:43 AM.
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    • #3
      The problem with the distance is that I have to walk across non-university property at night. I literally have to walk through an ally way and in front of a bar to get from my office to the parking lot.

      I understand that they are not required to provide parking close by but can they legally charge me for parking?

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      • #4
        In Boston, people would be lining up in rows for the privilege of paying for parking as cheap as $11 a DAY.
        The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pattymd View Post
          But wait a minute, you're REQUIRED to pay for parking? What if you don't want to park in any of the university lots?
          If we do not pay for parking and park in the lot a traffic ticket is issued. There is no other option for parking.

          It sounds like I'm out of luck.

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          • #6
            Yep. Texas has a concealed firearm carry law, right?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pattymd View Post
              Yep. Texas has a concealed firearm carry law, right?
              Yes but I believe its illegal to carry a firearm on campus. Thats something I'll have to look into though.

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              • #8
                How about mace or pepper spray? I'm being serious here.
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                • #9
                  I'll have to find out the laws are in respect to bringing any kind of weapon on campus.

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                  • #10
                    How about a loud whistle/alarm? I assume there is no security guard that can walk you that far to your car? Are there any others that walk to the lot around the same time that you do - maybe you could walk together. You might carry/use a flashlight.
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                    • #11
                      There ya go. Now that I think of it, I do remember that a large university at which I attended some night classes would offer women escorts to their car upon request (if you're a male, sorry, chauvinism still exists in this world ).
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                      • #12
                        Right, men have to fend for themselves.
                        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

                        Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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                        • #13
                          OH! Great

                          Originally posted by Betty3 View Post
                          Right, men have to fend for themselves.
                          Now I'm afraid to walk across campus after dark...

                          (and, being a non-student, I had to park about a mile and a half away, and pay a meter!)

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                          • #14
                            Gosh, sorry for scaring you. Are dogs allowed on campus? I would borrow a police dog.

                            Parking lots are scary too. Now I'm scaring myself.
                            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

                            Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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