UCLA Transportation has released its annual “State of the Commute” report with the results indicating continued progress by the University toward meeting its Climate Action Plan goal of achieving a 50% alternative transportation commute rate through public transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycling and walking.
In 2013, UCLA’s drive-alone rate was 51.2% for employees, much lower than Los Angeles County as a whole, where approximately 73% of all commuters drive alone to work according to 2012 U.S. Census data. The drive-alone rate for UCLA’s commuting students is significantly lower at just over 25%.
“The number of UCLA commuters taking public transit has more than doubled since 2000 and the number cycling has tripled since 2005,” said Renée Fortier, Executive Director, UCLA Events & Transportation.
UCLA continues to reap benefits from its substantial investment in smarter commute programs, including such measures as providing 50% subsidized transit passes, vanpool subsidies, discounted carpool parking permits, bicycling infrastructure and other commuter support services. Staff, faculty andstudent incentives help employees and students reduce mobile source greenhouse gas emissions and make sustainable transportation choices for both their commutes and intra-campus trips. The report highlights the commuting characteristics of the nearly 42,000 students and more than 28,000 staff and faculty members, featuring graphs, charts and tables which list program participation levels, specific mode use and the commuter options and support programs available to UCLA employees, students and visitors.
The complete UCLA State of the Commute report is available here. In addition, an infographic based on the report is below.