Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-15: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.42 / 4.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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The percentage (0-100) of institution’s students who walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means as their primary method of transportation. Please note that this may include on-campus residents :

The percentage (0-100) of institution’s students who van or carpool as their primary method of transportation :

The percentage (0-100) of institution’s students who take a campus shuttle or public transportation as their primary method of transportation :

The percentage (0-100) of institution’s students who drive alone as their primary method of transportation:

The website URL where information about alternative transportation is available:

There is limited parking availability in the core campus area. The majority of the commuter parking is located on the periphery, allowing for less vehicle movement, fewer pedestrian/vehicular conflict, and a more walkable environment. Penn State operates a Campus Shuttle that loops through campus. In partnership with CATA (Centre Area Transportation Authority)there is a Campus Service. CATA also offers a Community Service with 17 routes serving students/staff that live in neighboring communities.

The methodology for the data reported is as follows:

44,832 students
6,486 students with parking permits for commuting (14.5%). Of the remaining 38,346 students, 13,907 live on campus and walking/biking is the most convenient mode of transportation (31%). The remaining off-campus students that do not have permits and therefor cannot park on campus, must either walk/bike from housing close to campus or utilize CATA\Shuttle Services to get to and around campus.(54.5%)

We do not have carpool/vanpool data for students so the assumption was made that each parking permit was for only one student and no carpool/vanpool data is reported.

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