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not enough parking spaces – the unsolved problem at AGS

now that the new traffic scheme is in place and we have had a few weeks experience with it, my conclusion is that the key problem at the parking lot is that there is not enough parking spaces for all the cars that go to ateneo to pick up AGS students. and that problem may have caused the tragic accident at the AGS parking lot.

not having enough parking spaces for all the cars is as plain as ateneo is

photo by solar

photo by solar

 blue. parking at the drop off point where amiel was killed and beside the irwin theater are no longer allowed – all those cars that used to be parked there are now double/quadruple parked at the football fields and at the road beside katipunan road. 

these parking spaces are always full. on top of the cars that are parked inside  the white lines, are vehicles parked perpendicular to these cars on both sides of the road.  it has  now become more difficult and slower to pass through those roads. the double/quadruple parking now goes all the way past  near the pedestrian overpass that crosses katipunan road.

amiel was killed as he crossed that road to reach their car which was parked at the drop-off area. the van that killed him was also parked there. the death was caused as small boys and moving vehicles were mixed in the same space. boys then were allowed to cross that drop off area in between cars that were parked or moving.

having not enough parking spaces based on comments from parents on this blog have been a perennial problem. some parents here have said CPRs have been bringing up that problem with ateneo school officials but obviously no action has been taken.

that problem still remain.  i hope the ateneo admin know that. what this new traffic scheme did was it just moved the problem of lack of parking spaces from the old location to a new spot – from the drop off areas and beside irwin theater to the parking areas at the football fields and the road beside katipunan.

in other words and i hope it does not happen – what this new traffic scheme did is it removed the danger of an accident at the drop off areas but transferred it to the football field and road near katipunan parking areas.

AGS students do walk to those areas to ride into their cars. in that same area we still see AGS students mixed in the same space as moving vehicles, only in this space it is more crowded which makes it even worst.

we think there is unfinished business at the AGS parking lot.

  1. ateneo mom
    July 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Your analysis of the situation at the AGS is accurate and may I also add that not only does the lack of parking space result in double, triple or quadruple parking in the football parking lots but for those who cannot absolutely find a space for their car, have to drive around several times until a space becomes available. This is an absolute waste of gas, and contributes to air pollution inside the campus.
    I must say that picking up my son from school every afternoon is quite an “ordeal”, an experience that entails a huge amount of patience and sacrifice. AGS admin must not stop finding the best solution to the parking problem, and instead be more critical of their scheme so as not to fall into complacency. This is NOT the best scheme yet.

    • July 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

      i agree. the situation at the AGS parking lot is definitely a very dificult and very trying effot, not to mention wasteful of a lot of gasoline.

      lack of parking spaces is particularly difficult for single fetchers. you can end up driving around for 30 minutes to 1 hour waiting for the child to show up at the designated spot.

      i also find it ridiculous and unfair that security guards give you a ticket when you park at the parking lot near the college covered courts and at the roadsides beside katipunan. they say AGS cars are not allowed to park there.

      i only park there because there are no parking spaces available! not enough parking spaces for all the cars. it will be just wasting gasoline to keep driving around.

      i agree, this is NOT the parking scheme yet.

  2. July 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! nalipat lang ang lokasyon ng problema sa paradahan.ilang libong car sticker kaya ang na issue sa ngayon.nagtatanong lang po….

  3. Ateneo Dad
    June 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    First day of classes in June 2010 – same parking problems linger. When guards are asked the basic question of “Where can I park when the AGS designated areas are full?” Guards simply say keep driving around until you find one. In the meantime, we waste gas and expel methane in the AGS air until a parking space becomes vacant.

    We have endlessly informed Ms. Elizabeth Bermio, coordinator for Traffic Safety and Security for AGS, about this problem last year. Having seen the chaos earlier, I could only conclude that our suggestions fell on deaf ears and she obviously has a very convenient parking space.

  4. clara enriquez
    June 11, 2010 at 7:40 am

    the school last year said they were going to implement further improvements on the traffic scheme. what has happened to that promise?

    i have not seen any changes since last year and certainly until now no improvments have been made.

    the promises ateneo made is just lip service? how can a catholic school be so insencere?

  1. September 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm

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