Campus will be a little more crowded in fall 2010, with 1,000 additional students living in the new Cougar Village and ongoing construction projects in and around campus.
To streamline transportation information and resources available to the campus community, the University of Houston has launched a new webpage that outlines the fall parking and transportation strategy. It gives users online tools to help navigate campus, which is already seeing an increase in traffic as students prepare for the start of classes Aug. 23.
"There will be a lot more foot traffic near our Cougar Village and coming in to the interior of campus," said Emily Messa, assistance vice president for university services. "People really need to think about coming to campus a little bit earlier, allowing for extra time and being patient as they come into campus in their cars."
Online resources include construction project notices, maps, alternative routes, METRO bus schedules and satellite parking lot information. Real-time parking information is also available through the UH traffic Twitter, updated throughout the day by the UH police department.
"UH police monitor the parking lots from their VPR room, which has feeds from all of the parking lot cameras, so it's a great way to find out what parking lots are open and what traffic is looking like here on campus," added Messa. "Additionally, there will be folks in the parking lots - staff, parking enforcement and police - to make it a smooth transition for our students as they come back to classes."
The fall 2010 Parking and Transportation plan and all of the resources available can be found at http://www.uh.edu/pts/strategy.htm.