Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-19: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.76 / 2.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options:

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) 12
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 33
Vanpool or carpool 0
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 55
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:

The methodology for the data reported is as follows:

44,935 FTE
5,410 students with parking permits for commuting (12%). 14,801 live on campus and walking/biking is the most convenient mode of transportation (33%). 73 students have motorcycle permits (<1%). 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 Bus\Shuttle Services to get to and around campus.(55%)

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.

The website URL where information about sustainable transportation for students is available:

There is limited parking available in the core campus area. The majority of the commuter parking is located on the periphery, encouraging less vehicle movement, fewer pedestrian/vehicular conflicts, 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 23 routes serving students/staff who live in neighboring communities. In a partnership with Penn State, CATA also offers four campus routes.

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