Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.47
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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Loyola Marymount University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Marissa Petralia
Student Sustainability Tracking Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Loyola Marymount University encourages staff and students to use ways of transportation with zero emissions. For example throughout the campus there are numerous places to park, and lock up your bicycle with racks. Another way the university promotes commuting on a bicycle is the facilities that we offer. Loyola offers multiple places on campus such as the gym for commuters to lock up your bike, then come inside to shower, change, and prepare for work or class. Staff and Faculty can sign-up to get free access to showers if they commute by bicycle. Additionally we offer an alternative transport program that offers free parking for weather days etc for bicycle commuters. Additionally we recently installed numerous (6) strategically placed bike pump and repair stands around campus as a service to bicycle commuters and bike users on campus.

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:

There are a great deal of bike racks accessible to most buildings. Bike parking is a priority. Students can bring bikes into rooms if needed. Racks are available at almost every building location on traffic, in particular those that are heavily traveled. These racks are strategically placed to serve commuters and residents alike.

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:

LMU has over 2.1 miles of bike lanes on campus to access all buildings. Additionally these lanes link with racks, repair stands, and transit locations on campus. Additionally, there are .5 miles of safety dismount zones for bicyclists, skateboarders, etc. to ensure safe walking for pedestrians on major campus walk paths. In the future, the bicycle task force on campus seeks to improve and adopt further policies to include bicycling through a campus bicycling master plan. Additionally, within the master plans there are specific requirements for bike lanes to be preserved. Furthermore, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan, adopted last October, tied for 10th place in the rankings by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, which looked at more than 70 policies passed nationwide last year. Loyola Marymount University is located within Los Angeles.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Student government and business services were able to secure a donation of 11 bikes from Coca Cola. These bikes are used as a bike share system that will be run by student government and business services. This pilot program is the start of our bike share program that will expand in the future. LMU is also currently working on establishing a bike shop on campus that will offer repairs, parts, accessories, hold workshops, and be a social gathering place. This bike resource on campus will also help manage and expand the bike share program.

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:

Big Blue Bus Passes Available- Parking and Transportation is now selling Big Blue Bus Passes at the Parking Office in University Hall Ste. 1766. 13 Ride Pass - 13 rides for $12 30 Day Pass is $60 and is valid for 30 consecutive days starting from the first tap/use.

The Alternative Transportation Incentive Program’s (ATIP) intention is to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and on campus while also reducing carbon emissions along with other toxic byproducts created by fuel dependent vehicles. The Department of Parking and Transportation acknowledges that there may be circumstances in which individuals who typically commute using alternate forms of transportation are required to drive a vehicle and park on-campus. Parking and Transportation shall provide limited free parking each semester/term to community members who utilize ATIP and therefore pledge not to commute on a regular basis as a driver of a single occupancy vehicle (SOV).

The Lion Express is a free shuttle service offered to Loyola Marymount University students. Minivan shuttles allow LMU students without a car a chance to get off campus and enjoy some of the activities, restaurants, shops and services in the local area. The shuttle operates like a bus system, running a set schedule to popular destinations close to Loyola Marymount, including: Venice Beach, Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade, Westfield Mall and many more! The Lion Express also offers shuttle service to LAX for students who are traveling and offers extended schedule hours around student breaks. Reservations are required any time you would like Lion Express to take you to a destination or pick you up from one.

LMU Shuttle provides transportation to the Metro Green Line Station at Aviation and Imperial Hwy. LMU shares the Beach Cities bus dock. On campus drop off/pick up at University Hall Flagpoles and Alumni Mall Flagpoles. Track the shuttle location with our Real-Time Shuttle Tracker.This service is provided free of charge and available to all affiliates, students, and employees with a valid One Card.

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:

Participants in LMU vanpools are enrolled in the GRH (Guaranteed Ride Home) program. The GRH program ensures that you’ll be able to get home in case of an emergency or unscheduled overtime.

One of the most common concerns shared by commuters is being stranded without access to a car. The Regional GRH program helps alleviate this concern by providing employees who commute to work in LMU vanpools with a reimbursed ride home in the event of a valid emergency. This is a version of “commuter insurance” for people who participate in LMU vanpools. The Regional GRH program allows you to choose the most efficient means to get where you need to go during a qualified emergency. If you are without your car and experience an emergency, the GRH program will reimburse your ride, whether you choose a one-way taxi ride, one-day car rental, or transit ticket (public bus or Metrolink).

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:

Loyola Marymount University has implemented a carpool matching program with the faculty and staff. The Human Resources Counselor has sent out a carpool questionnaire to faculty and staff and, if interested, they have the opportunity to submit their completed questionnaire back to the office, where they match up individuals who live in the same general zip code areas and have similar work schedules. After, an email is sent out to all compatible respondents who can contact each other and set up their own carpools.
Partnering with vRide, LMU offers a rideshare service which caters to individuals with a long commute. While the details of the arrangement are up to the individuals of each group, vRide offers a simple and effective way to filter through hundreds of commuters looking to save money, time, and the environment. Once a member of the vRide network, you can either create your own carpool or request to join an existing carpool or vanpool.

When your carpool grows to a certain size vRide will reach out the group contact and ask if the members would be interested in forming a vanpool, which saves even more money and time for members, all while covered by vRide's vehicle insurance policy. vRide conducts background checks, offers emergency rides home, and provides all regular maintenance for the van.

LMU has also partnered with Zimride. This allows students or faculty/staff to carpool and share seats with other people traveling in the same area or direction as them.

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:

LMU encourages students, faculty, and staff to participate in car sharing through the ZipCar program. Currently the university has contracted seven vehicles from ZipCar for our campus location. Loyola Marymount University students, faculty, and staff can join Zipcar for $25. Receive up to $35 worth of driving credits the first month you sign up!

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:

LMU has 24 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on campus. If you need to charge your EV, you have many options on the LMU campus.

5 blinks stations in Uhall p2

7 schnider stations in LSB P1

6 schnider stations in LSB P2

6 schnider stations in LSB P3

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:

LMU currently administers a pilot program for telecommuting. The Information Technology Services department has worked under this program for a few years now. Below is a brief description about the program.

LMU considers telecommuting to be a viable work option in certain circumstances which, when properly implemented and administered, benefit both the University and the telecommuter. Telecommuting does not change the basic terms and conditions of employment with the University. All University employees, including telecommuters, are subject to the University’s employment policies and procedures.


“Telecommuting” is the substitution of telecommunication technologies, including, but not limited to, telephones, facsimile machines, computers, electronic mail, and modems for travel to the University’s offices. Telecommuting is not a right, but rather, a privilege which may be granted at management’s sole discretion to high performing individuals whose duties are suited to such an arrangement. Telecommuting is voluntary. Employees will not be required to telecommute.

“Telecommuters” are employees who work for the University from a home, or other remote office, for some part of the regularly scheduled workweek.

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:

Some Loyola Marymount University Employees have adopted a condensed work week. For example, Public Safety employees changed to 4/10 shifts. This means that each employee will work 10 hours shifts for only four days of the week, eliminating one commuting day per week.

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:

Loyola Marymount University does have a program that encourages and facilitates its employees to live close to campus. LMU's Rental Assistance Program partially subsidizes rent with the faculty member contributing 25% of gross monthly household income. Size of household determines degree of assistance. Security deposit advances are also available. All rental units are located within a ten-mile radius of campus, keeping them within the local community. LMU also owns houses in the immediate neighborhood where 13 faculty and staff live within one mile from campus. Many of these employees walk or bike to work.

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:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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