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ParqEx: Your Parking Options at Your College Campus

Examining Your Parking Options on College Campuses

October 6th, 2016 Posted by mobile app, Parking, ParqEx, sharing economy No Comment yet

We’re moving toward the middle of the fall semester, which means that almost every college student has dealt with a crucial issue at least once. No, we’re not talking about midterms or a paper that just doesn’t want to get done. We’re talking about parking options on college campuses, which tends to be frustrating at best, and expensive at worst.

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Back to school, armed with ParqEx

Back to School Armed With ParqEx

September 1st, 2016 Posted by Chicago Travel Tips, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

It’s that time of year again. While the weather may not reveal it, it is almost time for the fall semester of school to begin. Summer camps are coming to a close, kids are excitedly shopping for backpacks, teachers are diligently preparing lesson plans, and college students are rushing around shopping for lodging, enrolling in courses, and preparing for another fantastic school year.

Back to school, armed with ParqEx

Back to school month is a busy time for college students, and there are many important details they must remember to address.

One important (and often neglected) part of planning the school year when you are a college student is deciding where you will park during classes.

Though it may seem like the most obvious solution, parking on campus is usually cramped and expensive. Things get especially tough when a student will be arriving at school later in the day, as there are often few parking spots left, and the student is forced to drive in circles until they find a spot. This can often lead to the student being late to class. This is bad for the student’s grades and reputation.

The best way to avoid this situation is by reserving a private parking space that is within walking or biking distance of the school. In reserving a spot to park, you will be able to rest easy knowing that there will be a place for you to leave your vehicle while you attend class. “But,” you may ask, “where on earth would I find a parking place for rent?”

ParqEx is an excellent place to search for private parking places to rent near your school. This peer-to-peer parking program allows anyone with an open parking space to rent that space out to folks like you who might need it. This creates a win-win situation, as the student is able to score a reserved parking space, and the renter makes a little extra money on the side.

Perhaps in your school planning you were lucky and found a house for rent within walking distance to your school. In this case, you obviously don’t need to worry about parking, as you can just hop out of bed and walk over to your first class of the day.

However, if you have extra driveway space and want to make some extra cash, you can use ParqEx can rent out parking to a fellow student in need of a space. This will put some extra money in your pocket and help someone else out at the same time. Let’s face it, every college student could use that extra spending money.

Do you want to know the best thing about ParqEx? It isn’t limited to schools. ParqEx can be used across several cities in the United States, and will only continue to grow. So, the next time you’re taking a trip to Chicago and don’t want to pay a fortune for parking, check ParqEx first. You will almost certainly find someone who is more than happy to rent out their Chicago parking space in exchange for a bit of cash so you can head out to see the sights. The same holds true for Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.

As you can see, ParqEx is an excellent solution no matter what your parking or renting needs may be. If you are ready to get started with this incredible service, download the app now.

If you have questions, or would like to learn more about or service, please feel free to contact us. We would be thrilled to address any questions or concerns you may have so you can begin enjoying ParqEx as soon as possible.

ParqEx: The Trials of Parking at the University

The Trials of Parking at the University

September 3rd, 2015 Posted by Car, Community, Parking, ParqEx, Safety No Comment yet

Jenny is running late for class…again.  She knows full well that she should leave earlier in the morning, but those last ten minutes of sleep just end up being more important right up until she’s rushing to actually get out the door.  When she pulls into the university area, she already knows that she’s doomed.  There’s no parking anywhere.  She’s already behind, and she’s either going to have to spend the next thirty minutes circling the campus, desperately hoping that something will open up, or park so far away that she’ll already have missed her class by the time she walks all the way there.ParqEx: The Trials of Parking at the University

Crystal isn’t currently enrolled at the university.  She’s just meeting a friend for lunch at a little place that happens to be a few miles off campus.  Unfortunately, she’s beginning to regret her decision to drive all the way in instead of parking off campus and walking.  There’s no parking anywhere near the restaurant, and she’s about to be late to meet her friend.  Even if she wanted to park further away, she’s wearing her favorite pair of stylish–yet highly uncomfortable–shoes.  Walking that far simply isn’t an option.  Now, if she could just find a parking space.

Byron has been planning this date for weeks.  He knew that Gabby loved theater, so he was sure that she’d be enchanted by his decision to take her to the college’s latest production.  He’d planned everything perfectly:  he’d dressed his best, remembered to bring her flowers, and even scoped out the best place to take her out to dinner after the play.  There’s just one problem:  it’s pouring rain, she’s not dressed for walking, and there are no parking places to be had anywhere.

Mark has a standing appointment to tutor Lacey on Wednesdays after her last class.  Unfortunately, the last few times he’s come in, he’s been running very, very late.  It isn’t because he isn’t making the effort to show up on time; the trouble is, he hasn’t been able to find parking.  He’s leaving with plenty of time to get there and get a space; there just isn’t one anywhere!  By the time he finds one, he’s running behind, and he has to cut her tutoring session short as a result.  She’s not getting what she needs out of the arrangement, and that means that if he’s not careful, he’s going to be looking for another tutoring job.

Jordan just needs to run into the bookstore on campus to pick up one item.  He’ll only be there for a few minutes…if he can find a parking space.  Unfortunately, if he has to park off-campus and walk, he’s going to end up being late to his job.  He has to get in and get that book picked up, or his professor is going to read him the riot act on Monday, but he can’t risk being late to work, either.  All he can do is hope that there will be a parking space open…or is it?

All of these people have one thing in common:  they need a parking space.  Some of them need one for a one-time event or commitment.  Others would benefit from having regular access to a parking spot.  The solution?  ParqEx.  ParqEx allows drivers just like these three individuals to reserve parking spots when they need them the most, where they need them the most.  In high-traffic areas, finding a parking space can be a real challenge, but with ParqEx, you can rest assured that you’ll have the parking space you need, when you need it.

Need more information?  Fee free to contact us with your questions and concerns and to learn how ParqEx can revolutionize your parking habits.

College tuition versus parking issues

Forget Rising Tuition: A Lack of Parking Spots Is Plaguing College Campuses

August 27th, 2015 Posted by Community, Parking, ParqEx No Comment yet

We all know that feeling of finding that sweet parking spot, but for many students at colleges and universities across the country, both students and faculty are not experiencing this pleasant emotion. While tuition and enrollment both continue to rise, parking facilities are not keeping up with the pace.

According to figures from the National Center For Education Statistics, in recent years, enrollment at secondary educational institutes has risen by 24%, from 16.6 million to 20.6 million.  The number of full-time students rose to 28%, while the number of part-time students rose by 19%. While this is great for the education of our society as a whole, students and faculty are frustrated by a lack of adequate parking.

UIC Gets a C Minus in Parking

For those attending UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago), they’re logging in at the popular College Niche website and have given the parking situation on campus a C minus as an average grade. While this denotes a less than fair level when it comes to grading standards, it would not be a grade that I would want to see on my college kid’s report card. Some of the complaints listed by students were:

  • The price for parking in a semester is way too high
  • Free parking around UIC does not really exist
  • Get(s) annoying real quick because it’s always packed
  • Parking on campus is impossible
  • You need to plan ahead to make it to class on time

A student author contributor notes, “According to research, at any given time there are about seventeen thousand people on campus, but there are only about eleven thousand available parking spaces.”

Worst City For Parking

Since Chicago is such a big city, it should probably come as no big surprise to students that parking is a problem there. As a matter of fact, Nerd Wallet named the windy city the worst town for parking in all of the United States. They cited variables such as cost, problems with theft and pointing to a controversial privatization of parking.

Prices skyrocketed in 2009 after the City of Chicago made a deal with a group of investors, organized by Morgan Stanley, to operate its meters for 75 years. A group called Chicago Parking Meters LLC runs the gamut and the city also has an enormous laundry list of parking violations that they use to deliver expensive citations.

No Room and No Money For Additional Parking

One might imagine the simple solution would be to simply add more parking structures or build additional lots, but in most cases, there isn’t sufficient space or funds available. According to Parking Today, the cost to build just one parking spot is around $2,000. For a parking garage or other type of structure, the expense shoots up to somewhere between $13,000 and $15,000 per space.

The addition of more parking also means an increase in traffic, which means that the University would also be forced to perform a traffic analysis. Campus and neighboring streets may not be able to handle the additional wear and tear on their aging roadways and other surfaces.

Students Using Peer to Peer Parking

In today’s modern technological world, many are turning to apps like our ParqEx solution, which is sometimes referred to as Peer to Peer Parking. The concept is actually quite simple, after downloading the app to your smartphone or android device, you can search for a cheaper available parking spot in your area. If you have a parking place to offer, you have the ability to give it to others at a more affordable price.

For permanent parking solutions in the Chicago area, please contact us today. We can work something out to benefit everyone involved.

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