A History of Parking and Transportation on Campus

Take a look at how getting around campus has evolved since the very first day of class.

When Texas Technological College opened its doors, the campus didn't even have sidewalks. In 1953, Texas Tech began regulating parking on campus with $1 residence hall parking stickers and around 5,000 permits. Now, license-plate recognition systems identify permit holders in lots. Up to 6,000 bicyclists traverse campus each day. 47 buses provide service to more than 35,000 students.

1925-09-30 00:00:00

Texas Technological College opens for classes

910 undergraduate students are enrolled.

1926-10-01 00:00:00

First sidewalk constructed on campus

1928-08-31 00:00:00

Cars parked in front of West Hall

A group of male students sits on the steps of West Hall, then a dormitory.

1930-04-01 00:00:00

Geology class field trip

1931-04-01 20:24:35

Student walking to the Administration Building

1932-05-01 00:00:00

Lubbock Bus Co. begins operations

1934-03-06 00:00:00

Home Economics department vehicle

1936-09-20 03:00:00

Game day parking at Jones Stadium

Aerial view down onto the Texas Technological College campus showing cars parked between the football stadium and West Hall dormitory.

1945-04-01 00:00:00

Departing on a bus trip

1947-04-01 00:00:00

Lubbock Bus Co. drivers pose for a photo

Created by J.A. Fortenberry, the Lubbock Bus Co. provided busing for the City of Lubbock from 1932 to 1959.

1947-10-13 00:00:00

On-street parking prohibited

A memo by the president shares direction from a joint meeting of the Campus Planning Committee and an appointed student committee.

1948-10-28 16:50:26

Animal Husbandry departmental vehicle

1953-09-01 00:00:00

First parking permits sold. First parking regulations created.

Residence hall zones go into effect. Parking privileges are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Permits are priced at $1, and a first citation is a courtesy ticket to serve as “a reminder to the driver that a violation has occurred and asking his cooperation.” Parking on campus repeatedly without a permit results in disciplinary action.

1954-09-21 00:00:00

Bill "Soapsuds" Velvin campaigning for senior class president

"Free Campus Taxi"

1955-09-01 00:00:00

Typical Registration Day

For decades, the university held registration in the coliseum. It was later held in the Student Union Building before moving online.

1955-09-18 00:00:00

Game-day parking at Jones Stadium

1956-09-01 00:00:00

Texas Tech Traffic Office created

1958-11-04 00:00:00

Flint Avenue opens for an additional campus entrance

Image of Mayor Lennis Baker and Texas Tech President E. N. Jones in a car at Flint Avenue and 19th Street. The mayor is cutting the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the Flint Avenue entrance into the Texas Tech campus.

1966-04-07 00:00:00

Entry Stations Created

The first four entry stations helped lessen traffic in the heart of campus during busy times. Click "More" to read the press release.

1966-10-01 00:00:00

Traffic Security Chief Bill Daniels working the Broadway Entry Station

1967-03-06 00:00:00

Campus Bus Routes Begin

1967-07-05 00:00:00

Traffic Security Chief Bill G. Daniels Recognized by National Organization

"FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE--Bill Daniels, chief of Texas Tech's Traffic Security Department, watches as his secretary, Mary Ann Grandjean, decorates his office with a plaque presented him by the National Association of College and University Traffic Security Directors. Daniels, outgoing president of the association, was presented the award at the association's recent national convention at the University of Colorado."

1968-02-16 00:00:00

Bill Daniels in an IACUSD Conference Planning Session

Texas Tech Security Chief Bill Daniels (second from right), immediate past president of the International Association of College & University Security Directors, confers in Houston with other association officers on the program for the 1968 IACUSD meeting set for University of Houston June 19-22. With Daniels are (standing ) Bob Ochs of Rutgers University, current association president, Sterling Baker of UH; and Rice Security Director Harold Rhodes.

1968-09-01 00:00:00

View from Z4

1969-05-01 00:00:00

New Entry Stations Debut

1981-11-17 12:29:28

A Busy Entry Station

1984-09-08 00:00:00

Saddle Tramp tying crepe streamers to cars at an entry station

1988-05-13 02:09:19

Gail Wolfe becomes director of Traffic and Parking Office

1996-09-01 00:00:00

Traffic and Parking takes on enforcement and entry station roles

Originally a division of the Texas Tech Police Department, parking enforcement and entry stations move into the Traffic and Parking Office.

1997-03-26 00:00:00

Groundbreaking for United Spirit Arena

The USA sits on what was a Commuter West lot and results in closing of Hartford Avenue north of 18th Street. The USA opened on October 1, 1999.

1998-11-03 00:00:00

Traffic and Parking moves into the Administrative Support Center

1999-03-04 00:00:00

First Free Car Clinic takes place

The clinic helps students prepare for spring break travels. (Originally a partnership with Student Health Services, Traffic and Parking took over the clinics completely several years later.)

1999-07-13 00:00:00

Registration and parking permits are now available for purchase online

2000-09-01 00:00:00

Motorist Assistance Program launches

Offers free gallon of gas, vehicle unlock, jump start, and air for flat tires to all on the TTU campus.

2002-04-02 00:00:00

Texas Tech opens "park and pay" stations

The park-and-pay areas have hourly and daily rates. Their income helps prevent large increases in costs for parking permits.

2002-05-01 16:35:13

Colonel Buddy Knox becomes director of Traffic and Parking Services

For three years, the retired Air Force colonel advocated for adequate parking for a growing student population and a campus under construction.

2002-08-20 00:00:00

Flint Avenue Parking Facility opens

Texas Tech's first parking garage contains 791 spaces and features metal artwork by TTU alumnus Steve Teeters for the garage's fencing.

2002-08-26 00:00:00

First Citation Dismissal program created

Traffic and Parking services is welcoming students back to classes by attaching free ticket dismissal coupons.

2002-09-01 16:35:13

Event parking manager position created

Marks the first time on campus that event parking had support or management. Michael Lopez becomes the first event parking manager.

2003-09-01 00:00:00

Three federal grants awarded to create 1,500 new parking spaces near UMC

This area becomes Commuter Satellite. The grants are awarded based on providing park-and-ride style lots.

2005-10-01 00:00:00

Traffic and Parking becomes University Parking Services; Eric Crouch leads

2006-08-22 00:00:00

University Parking Services becomes a 24-hour operation

The enforcement division provides service around the clock with 24-hour zones for residence halls.

2006-12-01 00:00:00

Toys for Tickets created

Since its inception, this citation dismissal program has provided more than $22,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots thanks to customers.

2008-08-19 00:00:00

Commuter lots split into Commuter North and Commuter West

Until 2008, students could purchase a general commuter permit. Starting with the 2008-2009 permit year, customers could now choose their preferred lot.

2009-05-27 00:00:00

Entry stations replaced

2009-08-24 12:08:34

Transportation demand management position created

The new University Parking Services position oversees bicycling and busing on campus.

2010-08-24 00:00:00

RaiderPark Garage commuter spaces become available

1,000 spaces provide additional parking for commuters.

2010-08-24 12:08:34

University Parking Services begins offering bicycle registrations

150 bicycles registered in the first three weeks.

2011-08-23 07:30:00

License plate recognition technology implemented; end of physical permits

On the first day of class, University Parking Services goes live with TechPark, its LPR and permit management system developed in house.

2012-12-01 00:00:00

TPS wins National Parking Association's Most Innovative Organization Award

TPS's advances with LPR and permitless parking led to the department's win of the NPA's most prestigious award for public and private parking companies.

A History of Parking and Transportation on Campus

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