Published: May 6, 2015
Texas A&M University Transportation Services and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently received the "Award of Excellence" for Parking Program of the Year from the Texas Parking and Transportation Association for their work on the “Texas A&M University Gameday Experience 2014."
With the renovation and expansion of the Kyle Field stadium, and subsequent increase in attendance and traffic, university officials recognized the need for close coordination among local police departments, city and county officials, university departments, the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The ultimate goal, they said, was to streamline fan arrival and departure, and improve the fan experience by providing planning information prior to the start of their trip.
"Aggie fans deserve the best possible experience when they come out to support our student athletes," said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. "Ensuring that great experience in the midst of an unprecedented stadium expansion has been no small task, but this award demonstrates how our team of professionals is exceeding some very high expectations."
Improvements included traffic and bus routing changes, better signalization and contraflow lanes, safer pedestrian paths, pre-paid parking, more efficient entry, and a Destination Aggieland smartphone app to give fans quick access to parking, shuttle and stadium maps and information, traffic conditions, directions to their Kyle Field entry point, and more.
TTI seeks solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation, and helps prepare students for transportation-related careers.
Texas A&M Transportation Services is one of the largest parking, transportation and fleet operations on any college campus in the country. They were named "2009 Parking Organization of the Year" by the International Parking Institute and "Innovative Organization of the Year - 2012" by the National Parking Association.
The Texas Parking and Transportation Association membership includes individuals involved with parking related business including municipalities, universities, colleges, airports, and hospitals. Their Annual Awards competition recognizes outstanding parking-related projects and seeks to promote an appreciation of excellence in parking design, equipment, operations, and construction among the industry and the general public.
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