Getting to Know Julie Villarreal, Texas A&M Transportation Services
Category: Member Spotlight
The Texas A&M Transportation Services department is made up of 634 total employees (189 budgeted and full time, 67 wage and part time, and 378 student workers) and provides transportation options to a combined 73,000 students, faculty and staff on a campus environment spanning more than 5,200 acres. The department manages more than 35,000 parking spaces, included in numerous parking lots and facilities located throughout campus.
Julie has had the pleasure of working for the Transportation Services Department for over 20 years and throughout that time has been actively engaged in parking enforcement operations. This experience has given her a greater understanding and awareness of the impact transit and parking operations have on the community.
What brought you to TDM/how did you get involved in the field?
In February of this year, my operational responsibilities were expanded from Parking Enforcement, to now include the Alternative Transportation component of our department. In this role I have direct oversight of the Alternative Transportation programs. These alternative transportation options include bike programs, bike share, ride share, car share, electric vehicle charging network and break and weekend shuttle service.
Why did you get involved in ACT?
To support the growing mobility needs of the university and to reduce dependency on parking, Transportation Services maximizes the use of alternative transportation options to assist customers traveling on and off campus. By participating in ACT I hope to grow my knowledge and experience of TDM, and to further support the success of our alternative transportation programs at Texas A&M.
Within your work, what do you see as the future opportunities/challenges for TDM?
At Texas A&M, we have no state or university policies or restrictions requiring us to encourage or offer the use of alternatives. Despite having no subsidies or incentives, we have worked hard to offer a robust selection of mobility options and have had great success showing the benefit of alternative transportation options and convincing our community members to choose them. By sharing information and learning more about successes and gains in the TDM environment, I hope to support the continued growth of the Alternative Transportation program at Texas A&M.