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By: Bob Browand

The University of Houston has many unique groups of people on campus with their own transportation needs. To build our programs around those needs, my team has to keep a pulse on the campus community, which is one of the main reasons we have the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC).

TPAC members are faculty, staff and student representatives that meet monthly with Parking and Transportation leadership to discuss and make recommendations on important transportation issues affecting campus. 

In these meetings TPAC members bring their different perspectives into the discussion about a range topics, including permit pricing, alternative transportation, parking improvement projects and more. Since these members serve as voices of their constituents, members of the campus community can contact their representatives with ideas or concerns about Parking and Transportation programs.

Meet the TPAC Team:

Several TPAC members shared their reasons for being on the committee and what they hope to accomplish in their time serving on TPAC as a representative of the campus community.

Andrew Bahlmann

Junior, SGA Appointee, former SGA Chief of Staff

Years on TPAC: Second Year

Why do you serve on the committee?andrew bahlmann

I believe if you have the means and time to help you should. I have a professional work experience in this field and I want to use it to better the experiences our students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors have at this institution. Our impact is not just for the 50,000+ individuals that utilize PTS resources currently, but for the hundreds of thousands that will use them over the next 20+ years.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in TPAC?

I am continuously looking at new ways/locations to increase parking space numbers while controlling costs to students, faculty and staff. I’d like to continue to be involved in the parking RFP/RFQ processes for garages, parking counters and land lot development. The big one that I’d like to continue working on is finding ways for PTS to be “reimbursed” for lots that are turned in to campus facilities. This is something that the previous Chair, Elliott Kaufman, started talking about last year that I think deserves more attention. 

Elliot Kauffman

Junior, SGA Associate Justice

Years in TPAC: Third Year 

Why do you serve on the committee?elliot kauffman

I started serving on TPAC because parking is such an important part of the campus experience. Since that time I've learned how much of an impact any student can make working together with faculty, staff and administrators. That sense of community and desire to make our campus the best it can be keeps me coming back to help as long as I can.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in TPAC?

I hope to help Parking and Transportation Services understand how students utilize their services and advise based on feedback I have received. I also hope to plan for the future to ensure parking remains affordable and dependable.

Elsie Myers

Department Business Manager for the Chemistry Department, Staff Council Rep. for Academic Affairs

Years in TPAC: Second Year elsie myers

Why do you serve on the committee?

Parking on campus is a major topic of discussion for staff.  This includes cost of parking, parking availability and citations. I feel that I can bring these topics to the committee and provide feedback to staff.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in TPAC?

My goal is to represent staff and bring their issues & concerns to the TPAC meetings.  As a voice for staff, I want to be sure that staff are heard and that they feel represented.

Patrick Cirino

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty Senate Budget and Facilities Committee and Faculty Grievance Committee

Years in TPAC: Second Year

Why do you serve on the committee?patrick cirino

I’ve been living or working on different college campuses for 25 years and I understand that convenient transportation and parking at a reasonable price help to make for happy students and employees. I also appreciate that these are increasingly challenging provisions.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in TPAC?

By serving on TPAC I hope to better understand PTS operations and logistics. And as a member of the faculty senate on TPAC, I aim to use that information to help ensure that the current and future concerns and needs of faculty (as well as staff and students) are addressed within reason and feasibility.

 

Contact Your Representatives

If you have a topic or an idea you would like a representative to bring to the committee, please contact the TPAC Chair or Vice-Chair. Their contact information is below along with a list of the other representatives serving on the committee.

Andrew Bahlmann
Chair, Student Government 
Term Expires: August 31, 2018
Email: ajbahlmann@uh.edu

Elliot Kauffman
Vice-Chair, Student Government 
Term Expires: August 31, 2018
Email: eckauffman@uh.edu 

Reed Fryar
Student Government 
Term Expires: August 31, 2018

Jeremy May
Faculty Senate
Term Expires: August 31, 2019

Patrick Cirino
Faculty Senate
Term Expires: August 31, 2018

Rachel Bush
Faculty Senate
Term Expires: August 31, 2020

Ruth Manny
Faculty Senate
Term Expires: August 31, 2019

Carla Tisby-Riggs
Staff Council
Term Expires: August 31, 2020

Elsie Myers
Staff Council
Term Expires: August 31, 2019

Fariba Pouraryan
Staff Council
Term Expires: August 31, 2018

posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017