Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.66
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Auburn University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.40 / 2.00 Don Andrae
Manager, Parking Services
Parking Services
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

The Miller Gorrie Center, Shelby Center, OIT Building, and Facilities Management complex all provide showers/changing facilities for bike commuters. In addition, showers/lockers maybe accessed by students, and member faculty/staff, at both the Recreation and Wellness Center and the Martin Aquatic Center. A variety of other locations around campus provide covered, lit, and patrolled outdoor bicycle storage options for residents and commuters.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Most major buildings have bicycle racks located within close proximity to at least one building entrance. Residence halls also have convenient access to bike parking with the Village Residence Halls providing covered bicycle parking. In addition, the university's design standards call for all new buildings to have bicycle parking located next to the building and new residence halls to have covered bicycle parking.

Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

The Campus Master Plan promotes multi-modal transportation initiatives with improved bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. While not a continuous network of dedicated bicycle/pedestrian paths, Auburn does maintain over 13 miles of bike facilities, including on and off-road paths.

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

War Eagle Bike Share, a campus contracted service, provides GPS-enabled bike share services to the university. This program allows students, faculty, staff, and the general public to utilize any of the bikes free of charge for a 2-hour rental period, and allows additional renewals upon return to the kiosks or extended rentals for a fee. The bikes may be used both on and off campus. The program currently has 200 bicycles in the fleet and the City of Auburn has joined the program in sponsoring 10 bicycles. The sponsorship allows the City to establish designated hubs at shops in the downtown area, all of the community centers, parks, public library and other City buildings.
Auburn Outdoors, a program of Campus Recreation and Wellness, also offers 36 bikes of varying types for 1/2 day-1 week rental periods. In addition, any member of the Auburn community may also utilize the City of Auburn's bike share program, which provides free bike rentals for up to 2 weeks.

Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

Auburn University's Tiger Transit system provides transit services during fall, spring, and summer semesters, as well as offering Gameday transit. This service typically provides 2.5 million rides per year, removing approximately 5,000 cars from campus. Student fees that partially pay for Tiger Transit are included in tuition and allow students to ride fare free, and faculty and staff can ride Tiger Transit at no cost for on-campus routes, and may purchase a pass for off-campus routes. The service also offers free transit to 90,000+ spectators during Auburn University home football games.
In addition to offering Tiger Transit services, Auburn University also provides support for the Lee Russell Public Transit (LRPT) by supporting the ridership of Auburn students, faculty, and staff. Any AU-affiliated individual may schedule transit services on the LRPT free of cost within the Auburn/Opelika area due to the university's support.

Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Auburn University uses Ride Amigos to facilitate ride-matching services for the university community (students, faculty, and staff) starting this Fall.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program, such as a commercial car-sharing program, one administered by the institution, or one administered by a regional organization?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

ZipCar is a membership-based car sharing program that offers students 18 years and older, faculty, and staff membership for a $35 yearly fee and the ability to reserve a CarShare online for hourly or daily rental fees. There are two ZipCar vehicles in two locations on campus. Depending on the demand, we hope to build the program so that it will have at least 10 vehicles on campus.

Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

There is 1 Level 2 charging station located within the parking lot of the Auburn University Hotel and Convention Center. In addition, the lower level of the Stadium Parking Deck has 9 level 1 ports and 1 level 2 port. We have added 14 additional level 2 charging stations at the following locations: Stadium Parking Deck - 4, Athletics Parking Deck - 4, South Quad Parking Deck - 4, and the Commuter/Resident Overflow Lot - 2.

Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:


Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

A number of departments on campus offer incentives to promote the use of sustainable transportation modes. For instance, Parking Services conducts prize drawings for Ride Amigos Commuter Calendar users that meet a certain point threshold (you earn more points for using sustainable transportation modes). The employee Healthy Tigers program also offers a number prize opportunities for employees through events related to Bike to Work Week and the yearly Travel with Care safety campaign, including bicycle-safety gear. Parking Services has implemented a wayfinding app for determining where the available spaces are available on the Auburn University campus. The app, War Eagle Parking, is available for either Android or iPhone devices and provides up to date information on space availability in lots on campus based on the type of zone the user is entitled to park in. The app can also provide accessible parking information and information for visitor/guests coming to campus.

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