Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Megan Curtis-Murphy
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Northeastern University
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Casey Shetterly
Special Projects - Sustainability
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Total percentage of students (graduate and undergraduate) that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation:

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting, including the timeframe for when the analysis was conducted and how a representative sample was reached, if applicable:

Conducted in the Fall of 2017, per Rideshare Guidelines, an applicable commuter population of 15,843 requires a sample of 997. Because the groups in NU’s population of applicable commuters are not equally distributed by affiliation to the university, stratified random sampling was employed to ensure our sample included proportionate numbers of faculty, staff, and students.

The percentage of students that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to get to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 6
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 54
Vanpool or carpool 1
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 37
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

2017 Long version of state Rideshare Report submitted Institutional Research. We were due for another in 2020 but due to pandemic was delayed and this is the most credible recent survey based on a typical year. Our internal survey seeks more than just Rideshare data; it encompasses cultural assumptions about overall transportation choices and decisions in order to respond to the needs of our community and address transportation challenges in Boston

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