Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.14
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date July 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

California Polytechnic State University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.75 / 5.00 Shams Tanvir
Faculty
Engineering
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
21,178

Full-time equivalent of employees:
2,944.40

Has the institution gathered data about student commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
81.36

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:
A web-based survey questionnaire was distributed to the entire campus community (staff, faculty, and students) to gather information regarding their travel preferences and trip making behavior. The survey was available during May 2022. A total of 2,699 respondents participated in the survey. Students comprised 66% (1,787) of the total respondents. On-campus students did not need to answer the mode choice questions as they were assumed to be using sustainable mode for commuting (821 out of 1,787). To account for students telecommuting, the students were asked “Have you been to campus in the past two weeks?”. If they answered “No, I don’t ever come to campus because all my work/school is remote (telecommute)”, they were considered telecommuting (12 out of 1,787). The rest of the students (954 out of 1,787) were explicitly asked, “How do you most frequently travel to and from campus?”. The options for these questions were- a) driving alone, b) bus, c) walking, d) bicycling, e) carpooling, f) vanpool, g) dropped off, h) motorcycling, i) ride-hailing (Uber/Lyft, j)other. We considered on-campus living, telecommuting, bus, walking, bicycling, carpooling, and vanpooling as sustainable modes.

Has the institution gathered data about employee commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
30

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting:
A web-based survey questionnaire was distributed to the entire campus community (staff, faculty, and students) to gather information regarding their travel preferences and trip making behavior. The survey was available during May 2022. A total of 2,699 respondents participated in the survey. Employees (both full-time and part-time faculty and staff) comprised 34% (912) of the total respondents. Of the 912 employees, 40 were fully telecommuting, 352 others mentioned that they come to the campus, but could work remotely (if needed), 17 lives on campus. Similar to student methods, we assumed on-campus living, full telecommuting, bus, walking, bicycling, carpooling, and vanpooling as sustainable modes.

Percentage of students and employees that use the following as their primary mode of transportation:
Percentage of students (0-100) Percentage of employees (0-100)
Single-occupancy vehicle 16.68 63.38
Zero-emissions vehicle 3.69 14.03
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 68.21 13.92
Vanpool or carpool 2.46 8.45
Public transport or campus shuttle 10.02 2.85
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0.73 0.88
Distance education / telecommute 0.67 15.57

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