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The History of Transportation Services

  • The Department of Parking & Transit Services was officially created on September 1, 1988
  • Sixteen budgeted employees were transferred to the newly formed department from Physical Plant, Bus Operations and University Police
  • The department employed approximately 250 student workers
  • The department managed 13,000 parking spaces
  • Student population was 36,000
  • Bus Operations expanded their fleet to 59 buses in 1990. Eleven off-campus routes utilized 46 buses while four on-campus routes utilized the remaining buses
  • The University approved the purchase of 22 new Nova buses in 1999
  • The Board of Regents approved the purchase of an additional 24 buses in 2001
  • To reflect the new direction of the department, the name was changed to Transportation Services with the motto Moving Forward For You ® on January 8, 2003
  • The University approved the purchase of 25 new RTS Millenium buses in 2007.
  • The University approved the purchase of 10 new Gillig buses in 2014.
  • In 2015, Parking Operations was approved to increase rates 3% each year to provide for the construction of five new garages over the next 15-20 years.

Transportation Services Today

  • Texas A&M University Transportation Services employs approximately 166 full-time staff, 60 wage employees and 352 students.
  • The Parking area of Transportation Services manages nearly 37,000 parking spaces – the largest of any university in the nation. These spaces are spread over 138 parking lots and five parking garages.
  • The Transit area of the department transports an average of over 250,000 passengers per week during the fall and spring semesters, on and off campus.
  • In order to accommodate the growing student population service hours have increased to approximately 140,000 in FY 2016.
  • The department provides night and weekend shuttle service as well as gameday shuttles and a free "Get to the Grid" shuttle for the public.
  • Transportation Services maintains a Paratransit service for students, faculty and staff with permanent and temporary disabilities.
  • The Transit area of Transportation Services also provides auxiliary charter service in the Bryan-College Station area to University departments and agencies, as well as local governmental agencies and school districts.
  • Fleet Operations of Transportation Services leases over 700 University owned vehicles and operates a full maintenance facility maintaining over 1200 vehicles and an additional 3000 pieces of equipment. It also oversees fleet services for the entire A&M System.
  • Transportation Services issues over 40,000 student and faculty/staff parking permits each year.
  • Transportation Services is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all traffic signs and markings on University streets.
  • Transportation Services now is responsible for addressing deferred maintenance needs on roads and sidewalk mainly associated with parking area.
  • Proposed Operating Budget for FY16: $34 million. The department is self-sufficient and receives income from permits, visitor parking and violations and fines. Departments are charged for annual rental of vehicles, maintenance and repair of vehicles and fuel.. The Transit area is dependent on the Student Advancement Fee and charges for bus charters.
  • Services
    1. Charter bus service
    2. Para-transit service for faculty, staff and students
    3. Fleet leasing and maintenance
    4. Parking administration and enforcement
    5. Shuttle bus service
    6. TAMU System fleet management
    7. Traffic planning and control