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Texas A&M to replace old parking passes with new technology this fall

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Whether in a designated parking lot or garage, Texas A&M students and faculty now have access to parking using their vehicle’s license plates. Starting this fall semester, park employees will routinely drive through these areas to scan plates with camera technology in their university vehicles. You won’t be looking for a plastic badge hanging over a dashboard anymore.

“We have actually used this technology for many years to check license plates and see if we have overdue citations or anything on campus,” said Lynn Wiggs, assistant director of transportation services at Texas A&M.

Aggie sophomore, Jessica Williams, is parked on campus this year unsure what to think of the new system.

“I think it’s a little worrying just because I know people’s cars break down and they trade cars with their roommates or something,” Williams said. “A lot of my friends and I live in apartment complexes, and of course we all share different visitor badges and stuff.”

Wiggs stated that TAMU transportation services introduced the option to designate multiple cars for a permit. Several license plates can be entered for a common ID. However, she said that only one vehicle can be designated for parking at any given time by designating the vehicle through A & M’s website.

“My parking account is what every customer has with us,” said Wiggs. “You go in there and can update your license plate number. We understand that maybe a roommate shares a permit. As long as the license plate of the vehicle parked on campus is linked to this permit on that day, they can park without any problems. ”

Jessica Williams acknowledged her belief that she and her friends will learn to adapt to the new change.

“However, I see that this is more efficient and prevents some kind of fraud,” she said. “… I see it more as a modernization of the parking system, as you can do everything online. instead of waiting for them to come in. “

For those who park in garages, the university is exhibiting handheld devices that open the gates. Teachers and employees also still have the option of opening garage doors with their ID cards or toll stickers.

Students and faculty who need to update their license plates can visit transport.tamu.edu/parking.

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