ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It sounds like Monopoly, but The University of New Mexico is offering a chance to win a week’s worth of free parking.
The free parking will be raffled off at a summit hosted by the university’s parking and transportation division. It takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 in the student union building’s lower floor.
Barbara Morck, the head of the parking division, said the summit gives her department a chance to directly interact with motorists who park on campus. Students and others are encouraged to ask questions about permits, bus passes, shuttle service and other parking topics.
The week of free parking is only valid at the university’s pay stations on campus. The raffle is open to anyone participates in the summit.
The parking division will also be taking questions via social media for those who can’t make it to the conversation.
The university has roughly 13,000 parking spaces and between 35,000 to 50,000 people on campus daily which creates a challenge for the university, according to Chris Vallejos, the associate vice president of Institutional Support Services.
Some Twitter users are well aware of that challenge. Their tweets follow:
UNM PATS is ruthless. Walked up to my car three minutes after parking expired and the attendant was writing me a ticket ??????
— Sydney Sivils (@SydneySivils) March 7, 2014
I already got a parking ticket from UNM ?
— Linzy. (@Linzy24_) January 7, 2016
I would rather park in an alley off campus and risk my safety than give UNM parking 20 more dollars.. So that's what I did ?
— Taylor (@TayTayDunna_who) November 24, 2015