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November 2007

Release Date: November 28, 2007

Joint press release by Texas State Rep. Drew Darby and ASU President Joseph C. Rallo

The City of San Angelo and Angelo State University and the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) have agreed to conduct a joint, expanded study to identify solutions to traffic and parking problems associated with the ASU campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

During meetings Monday and Tuesday with university and City of San Angelo officials, State Rep. Drew Darby of San Angelo helped bring the entities together to shape a comprehensive approach to the issue.

The expanded study will examine overall traffic and parking issues in all the neighborhoods surrounding the campus and seek solutions to those problems.

“I’ve asked all parties to examine the issues with open minds and a blank sheet of paper,” Darby said. “Everyone agrees problems exist. Our challenge is to solve those problems collectively, and I believe all parties are committed to that goal. Angelo State is vital to the future of the City of San Angelo, and the City of San Angelo is vital to the future of Angelo State University. This is an issue that cries out for a win-win solution, and I applaud everyone involved for their commitment to find such a solution.”

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo agreed.

“The City of San Angelo, Angelo State, and the Texas Tech System are partners, not adversaries,” Rallo said. “We are all on the same page in our desire to grow Angelo State and continue to build its reputation as one of the nation’s outstanding centers for learning. On the Johnson Street issue, we are committed to work together to create an imaginative solution that benefits all parties—the university and its students, the surrounding neighborhoods, and the City of San Angelo.”

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