Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.02
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.28 / 2.00 Curt Lutz
Parking & Transportation Analyst
Parking & Transportation
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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:

Two methods are used to measure mode split data. The first is annual visual count of commuters arriving on campus, however, this data is not broken down by type of commuter...students vs. employees. This commuter mode split data reflect the total population surveyed by physical count of Commuter Vehicle by type and associated Commuter Vehicle people during Winter Quarter FY17 of campus entrances for commuter people and commuter vehicles. A representative day is created over a multiple day process each year for a data set that allows comparison of mode split calculations year to year. However, in spring 2017 a survey of all campus faculty, students and staff was completed. When this data was correlated with the physical count information, it showed that 64.2% of all students use more sustainable options for arriving on campus.

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) 35.80
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 17.10
Vanpool or carpool 4.50
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 33.10
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 1.20

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


Note: FY17 Year three of the student U-Pass and employee ECO Pass transit access programs increased participation to an all-time high annual ridership of over 3.5 million rides and contributing to the campus transit bus/commuter shuttle mode split to nearly 20% of all commuters. Approximately 500,000 rides increase, a nearly 20% transit ride count increase.

The University of California San Diego received a 2017 and 2016 Diamond Award, Platinum Tier from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in recognition of the campus’ commitment to alternative forms of transportation.

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