Park and Ride Shuttle combats parking for upcoming WSU Game
PULLMAN, WA —
The last time Washington State faced off with USC was in November of 2014 at Martin Stadium. The score was USC 44, Cougars 17.
This weekend, the cougars are looking for revenge and fans from both sides will be flocking to campus for the highly anticipated game.
The cougars and USC are both 4 and 0 in the season and this game has been sold out for weeks, but all the anticipation means some potential parking disasters.
“Having two top 20 teams playing against each other, this is a big game for Washington State University," explained Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins. He says this is going to be busy weekend in Pullman. "The game has been sold out for some time already, so we know we'll have a lot of fans in town."
With the influx in people coming to support their team, parking, Chief Jenkins says, is going to be an issue, "Parking is really at a premium all the time, and then add in thousands of visitors that are here for a football game, it can really get tough."
But they've come up with a solution to try and combat this issue. "We have seven park and rides set up, around town,” he said, you park your car at one of the locations, get on a shuttle that drops you off directly in front of martin stadium.
He also says, with game day, comes partying and drinking, and this can increase the risk of drunk driving. Chief Jenkins suggests taking the bus, a taxi or walking. But there's a new player in town as well. "We think we're going to have Uber up and running this weekend, they just submitted their licensing and we should have it all completed before the weekend."
And it's not just drinking and driving. Chief Jenkins knows alcohol can fuel other issues. "Fights and disputes and those types of things. Just drink responsibly and just make sure not to drink and drive."