By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14
On any given day, all of Brophy’s three parking lots are tightly packed with cars of all types.
Although this could give some the impression that Brophy is simply a school of well-off drivers and carpools, students utilize several means of transportation in order to get to and from campus.
This diversity in how students find their way to school is a visible example of the opportunity gap on campus.
Reasons for different modes of transportation range from efficacy to money and distance.
Students like Patrick Zemites ’15 take several factors into consideration when figuring out their transportation.
“Carpooling seems to be the most effective way to get here over long distances,” Zemites said. “It saves money for gas and is not as slow as the Lightrail.”
The city offers public transportation in the form of the Lightrail and bus system.
Since many students live within the Lightrail’s path and there is a stop in close proximity to Brophy’s campus, it has become a reasonable option for a select pool of students.
“It’s a convenient mode of transport,” said Miles Bimrose ’16. “There is a lot going on, and it gives you time to do your homework.”
With a bus stop on the other side of the wall that borders Brophy’s front lawn, the city bus has also become a viable option for students in need of a way to get to school.
Jesus Betancourt ’13 cited his reasons for choosing the bus:
“I take the bus or Lightrail out of convenience whenever my mom can’t pick me up or drop me off because of work, but there are some economic undertones,” Betancourt said. “I would drive to school if we could afford buying and maintaining another car, but we can’t so it’s another factor that makes me turn to public transit.”
“The city has a good public transit system,” Betancourt said.
Although many members of Brophy’s community utilize alternative means of transportation, there’s still a large group who is happy with just driving to school.
Students like Jackson Dangremond ’14 said there are advantages of driving to school instead of relying on carpools or other means of commuting.
“Not having a carpool allows me to get Dutch Bros.,” Dangremond said.