Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.74
Liaison Carrie Metzgar
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, San Diego
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Curt Lutz
Parking & Transportation Analyst
Parking & Transportation
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

In 2017 UC San Diego launched a new campus bikeshare program with Spin, one of North America’s leading station-less bikeshare companies.https://transportation.ucsd.edu/alternatives/shared.html

In 2020, UC San Diego launched Triton Commuter Club which recognizes and rewards your actions to reduce the traffic, parking and environmental impacts of driving alone. https://transportation.ucsd.edu/alternatives/tcc.html#Incentives

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Zipcar is partnered with UC San Diego for its car share program. These vehicles are available to UC San Diego students, staff, faculty, and visitors for Zipcar car sharing. Hourly rate includes gas and insurance at no additional cost. Reservations can be made on-line or over the telephone. There are allocated parking spaces; these spaces are not permanent stations for Zipcars at UC San Diego, though locations for the Zipcar spaces are generally in place for multiple years. UC San Diego Transportation Services adjusts the locations on occasion in an effort to address demand. Transportation Services is working with Zipcar to accommodate the growing demand, including weekend expansion of the university Zipcar fleet. https://transportation.ucsd.edu/alternatives/zipcar.html

Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

UC San Diego encourages the shift to electric vehicles and supports the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative by attempting to provide our students, faculty, staff and retirees multiple options to own a new or used battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the lowest possible price. Buyers can choose from over 40 models to find the vehicle that best meets their budget and driving needs.

For those interested in a new vehicle, several local dealerships have arranged discounted pricing with their manufacturers for UC San Diego students, faculty, staff and retirees. Offers vary so review them carefully.

You can research pricing for all new and used BEV and PHEV models through web-based searches by zip code. Sites include:

You can find discounts through the California Department of General Services with dealerships that basically offer their state fleet rate to UC employees.

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:

With funding from the Department of Energy’s EV Project, UC San Diego has installed several public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Types of Chargers
- ChargePoint
182 Level II ports located around campus
1 DC Fast Charger at Osler Parking Structure’s 3rd Floor, Southwest corner
- EVgo DC fast chargers
3 DC Fast Chargers in parking lot P703
- Shell
Chargers are located on the 6th floor of Athena Parking Structure.



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:

By living close to campus, students, staff, and faculty can take advantage of free MTS bus pass program and free shuttles as well as discount tickets for other transit sources, along with participation in bicycle commute incentive program. The campus has made a sustained effort to construct additional campus residential units totaling nearly ten thousand beds. A new light rail station is now being built with stops on campus and one nearby. The project will be completed in late 2021: http://onthego.ucsd.edu/projects/trolley-lrt.html

Does the institution have other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

The campus operates free dedicated shuttle routes connecting the Coaster commuter train stations to campus and to University medical centers. Transportation Services provides on-campus commuter information desk at the main parking office and services include on-campus sales of student transit passes and electronic smartcard passes in partnership with regional transit agencies. Campus owned shuttle vehicles offer bike racks.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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