Tarleton officials hope a new plan for parking and rates will be the first step in fixing the university's parking woes. 

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Rusty Jergins gave a presentation Wednesday on the university's efforts to fix the parking problems that have irked students for the past few years.

The big change would consist of changing the rates of parking credentials for students.

As of now, students must purchase a new parking credential each semester they're enrolled, which comes out to $50 a year for fall and spring semesters. Under the proposal, a credential would be given to the students for either $75 or $25, depending on their choice, to last from Sept. 1 - Aug. 31, putting an end to the multiple parking stickers. 

Two parking options will be offered to students, faculty and staff. They include premium or remote parking.

Premium will cost $75 for the entire year and will consist of parking within the campus and remote will cost $25 for the year.

The increase in parking fees, if approved, will go toward constructing a parking garage on campus.

"This is phase one of a multi-phase approach to our parking concerns," Jergins said. "We want to establish a fund balance to construct a parking garage. We know we are out of land and the way to solve some of our parking challenges is to go up."

With funds not existing and the inability to use state funds, Jergins said the best way to raise money is through an increased parking rate, which hasn't happened at Tarleton since 1999.

Along with proposed new parking regulations the university hopes to expand on the shuttle service it began last year.

"We are in contract negotiations with a group that will allow us to provide shuttle service to the Grove, Oak Tree apartments and Mustang Ranch that would bring students to designated locations on campus," Jergins said. "We will also continue to use the golf cart shuttles we used on campus this year."

Data taken by the university shows 200-300 students took advantage of the current shuttle system every day day.

All proposed items will be taken before the Board of Regents in May.