Date: Feb. 24, 2005
CONTACT: Cory Chandler, firstname.lastname@example.org
LUBBOCK – A study conducted by a parking consulting firm found that issues involving
parking at Texas Tech University are a matter of convenience rather than capacity.
The study also found that students, employees and visitors of Texas Tech are charged
less for parking than those at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas, as
well as some other Big 12 schools.
The study, conducted by Walker Parking Consultants and presented Thursday to the
Texas Tech Board of Regents Facilities Committee, sought to develop a proactive and
client-focused parking plan through 2009 by meeting six main goals. Goals included
improving campus parking for students, faculty, staff and visitors; providing choices
in parking locations and prices; and improving the effectiveness of the campus bus
The study found that an adequate number of parking spaces already exist on campus.
The available parking could be located nearer to demand, consultants found, noting
a shortage of on-campus residence hall parking as well as faculty and staff parking
in the southwest quadrant of the campus.
Texas Tech does, however, provide more parking per user than either A&M or UT. It
also offers substantially more surface parking than either of its Texas peer schools.
Texas Tech has nearly 15,800 spaces for its 33,117 students, faculty and staff members
while UT has 14,943 spaces for 71,000 users and A&M provides 24,410 spaces for 52,410
Of the spaces provided, 791 of Texas Tech’s are located in a parking garage compared
to 9,623 at A&M and 7,100 at UT.
Cost of Texas Tech stickers consistently hover below those of other universities
considered in the study. Tech students pay nearly $100 less for a parking garage space
than students at A&M and less than half the $616 charged at UT, the study found.
Likewise, the $118 price of Texas Tech’s commuter parking costs less than A&M and
the University of Oklahoma.
The study laid out various alternative strategies for capital and operational expenditures.
Max Hinojosa, vice president of operations for Texas Tech, said parking planners will
now consult with faculty, staff and students to determine the best options for future
CONTACT: Max Hinojosa, vice president of operations for Texas Tech, at (806) 742-1310.