City works to reduce gameday traffic congestion

Game Day Traffic

As much as we all love Aggie football, there’s one thing we dread when football season arrives – the increased traffic around Kyle Field.

In the early 1990s, the city worked closely with Texas A&M to develop the Go With the Green Plan to move traffic in and out of the area after football games. The plan has worked well, but the rapid growth of the city and the university – not to mention all the new visitors from the SEC – means it must be tweaked and updated.

After A&M’s 59-29 win against Missouri last season, postgame traffic data was collected west of Kyle Field to see how traffic could be moved more efficiently along FM 2818 and George Bush Drive. Among the improvements resulting from the study are free right turns from Bush onto northbound FM 2818, which means that vehicles will not have to stop if they are turning right onto FM 2818. Left turns will also be given priority at the intersection.

On Aug. 8, the city council unanimously approved a more in-depth study to be conducted Sept. 14 after the game against defending national champion Alabama.

Think we might see a lot of traffic after that one?

The consultant will collect data on 12 corridors in College Station and Bryan using 83 Bluetooth readers and 65 traffic counting devices. This innovative use of Bluetooth technology will help identify the routes fans take from the outer city limits to Kyle Field before and after the game. Most of the readers are being rented, but some are permanent installations in the College Station and Bryan area as part of the Bryan/College Station Mobility Initiative.

The data gathered by these temporary devices will help us better understand traffic patterns and determine the peak travel times, which we hope will result in a significant reduction in the amount of time you and other fans have to sit in traffic on game day.

Game Day Traffic Tips

Thanks to Texas A&M Transportation Services, here are some maps and other information that we hope will move you around town as quickly as possible this season:

This slideshow includes the football parking map, postgame vehicle route map (Go with the Green) and postgame pedestrian route map (Go with the Blue).

Gig ‘em, Aggies!

Troy Rother
Troy Rother | Traffic Engineer