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Spring 2015 Traffic Tips and Parking Changes

SDSU offers tips for a safer and easier commute to campus when classes begin Jan. 21.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University will welcome the campus community back for the spring 2015 semester on Wednesday, January 21.

According to Parking Services, during the first few days of classes peak traffic congestion hours are 7:30 to 10 a.m. Those who arrive after 10 a.m. should consider Parking Structures 3 and 6 on the east side of campus, which are typically the last to fill.

Electronic and posted signs and staff will direct traffic with the intention of expediting vehicles toward the nearest available spaces between the hours of 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Tips for parking and traffic

Arrive early: When driving to campus, try to arrive as early as possible, especially for morning classes.

Take the trolley: Park for free at any of the trolley stops throughout San Diego and ride directly to campus.  Trolley schedules, fares, maps and other information are available on the San Diego Commute website.

Take the bus: Another eco-friendly option is riding the bus. Bus schedules, fares, maps and other information are available on the Metropolitan Transit Center website.

Ride a bike: Students who live close enough can get to class by bike. There are bike racks dispersed across campus to park and lock a bike at.

Use Zipcar or Car2Go: SDSU has partnered with Zipcar and Car2Go.  For more information visit the Parking Services website.

Use alternative traffic routes: During peak hours from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., consider using these alternatives to the College Avenue exit off Interstate 8:

  • From Interstate 8, take the 70th Street exit south to El Cajon Boulevard; turn right onto El Cajon Boulevard and right onto Montezuma Road to the access roads for Parking Structures 3 and 6.
  • Use State Route 94 and exit at College Avenue.  Take College Avenue north to Montezuma Road and turn right or left, depending on your destination.
  • From Interstate 8, take the Fairmount Avenue exit. Take Fairmount Avenue south to merge onto Montezuma Road. Turn left on 55th Street to access the west side parking lots.

Plan ahead: Plan your trip to campus ahead of time in order to make the fewest trips to and from campus. If driving, figure out which lot and traffic route will be the most timely and convenient.  Examine the alternative transportation schedule for the best departure time.

Parking permits: Parking permits are required to park on campus. You can purchase one from Parking Services, Student Account Services or at the bookstore at the beginning of the semester. Permits are good for one semester; the cost is $135 for day use only and $213 for day/overnight.

The Parking and Key Issue office have extended hours Jan. 21, 22, 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist faculty, staff and students who may need to purchase permits or obtain keys in the evening hours.

Areas to avoid

Some lots are closed due to campus construction:

  • The W Lot near Storm and Nasatir Hall Building Complex will still be used as a construction lay down area.
  • College Avenue at Lindo Paseo is now fenced off and will be closed for the South Campus Plaza project.
  • The H Lot is still closed for the Zura Hall renovation.

Visit SDSU Police's Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on locations for parking.