Dreaded Aggie game day traffic to be studied

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 4:07pm

If you think traffic in Bryan-College Station is bad now, just wait until any home game weekend when 80,000+ fans are in town to watch some Aggie football.

"I've been using the term carmageddon," said Executive Director of A&M's Transportation Services, Peter Lange.

It's not uncommon to find yourself sitting in an hour or more of traffic both before and after the game so the university and the city of College Station are teaming up and working together to find a way to make traffic flow faster.

"Whether it's an afternoon game or an evening game travel patterns change so we need some way to gage where people are coming from and going to so we can have an idea of what to do to make things better," said Troy Rother, College Station's traffic engineer.

On September 14th, during the A&M vs. Alabama game, a traffic study will look at 12 major corridors in the twin cities using 83 Bluetooth and 65 traffic counting devices.

"We haven't had that comprehensive look at the problem since the early 90s really so with the new roadways, increased tailgating, increased number of fans and the Kyle Field expansion coming down the line we need a good solid base line," Lange said.

We're told once the $100,000 study is complete they'll use the data collected to make traffic changes for future football seasons.

Lange says, "Obviously there are volume limitations but we want to make it as great as can be."

All so you and your family can have more fun at the games instead of sitting in the car.


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