San Diego Mesa College is making it a little easier for the 24,500 students expected
this fall with valet parking and transportation alternatives at the Kearny Mesa campus.
Classes begin on Monday, August 22. Enrollment is still open for both on-line and
Free valet parking will be offered in Lot #2 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
Thursdays. Students can drive up, leave their keys, and head to class without having
to search for a parking space. Not only convenient for students, this allows the college
to double-park cars in the lot, increasing on-site student parking spaces by nearly
“Parking is a perennial issue at Mesa. Offering valet parking for the first couple
of weeks of class is a stress-free alternative for our students, and worth the expense
to the college to help our students get to class on time,” explains Rachelle Agatha,
vice president of administrative services, who is leading the charge to find sustainable
parking alternatives for students.
Free parking at Kearny High School and permit parking at the nearby National Guard
Armory on Mesa College Drive will also be offered the first two weeks of the semester,
when the campus is especially impacted as students add classes and get into their
Car-free alternatives include four UBER stops, and rideshare and vanpool options for faculty, staff and students through SANDAG’s “iCommute” ridesharing program.
Also helping students navigate the 104-acre campus is a new campus map with walking
directions, accessible through the iMesa mobile app and available free at Google Play
and Apple App stores.
"With all these new options, we won't have to spend hours looking for parking, which
is exciting!,” said Ava Fakhrabadi, incoming president for student government. “It's
nice to know that student needs are not just heard, but acted on."
The new transportation options are outcomes of a student-led task force and an overall
transportation study of the college conducted last year. More information is available
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