NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- It was a busy traffic day in New Haven for the first day of classes for the new Gateway Community College.
The new students caused some traffic back-ups, even with police at each corner to show them the way.
"This is my first time seeing the new campus and it's ridiculous, but the parking has always been really bad at Gateway," one student said.
Gateway Community College built its own 600 spot garage and the city relocated monthly parkers from the Temple Street garage, creating 700 more space to accommodate 7,800 students and a staff of 300, all in an effort to discourage on-street parking.
"We've made every effort for them to not be on the street," said Jim Travers, from New Haven Traffic and Parking. "The student ID gets them in any garage."
"It's easier and there is more security cause there is cameras and they don't want student's cars getting broken into on the street," said Mohammed Adlan of Hamden.
Even the parking experts acknowledge both garages could fill up and they are ready to hand students "We're Sorry" cards, directing them to the old Long Wharf campus and a shuttle.
Once inside, students had rave reviews for the new campus and classrooms.
"It's really, really nice," said Lauren Oneill of Guilford. "I Like it a lot. I'm excited."
"It's beautiful, but it's too big," said student Zuleyka Pajan. "I'm a little bit confused."
The prediction is that as students learn the route it will reduce traffic congestion.
"I think in a month or so it will calm down and everyone will find their way, kind of," said Alexa Goldenberg of Guilford.
The busiest time around the campus will be between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., when the student population is at its peak.
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