Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.70 / 2.00 Tyler Arrigo
Program Coordinator- Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

A commuting survey is issued every other year as part of the MassDEP Rideshare program. Data was collected using the MassDEP Rideshare Report Random Sample method. The MassDEP Rideshare program survey is completed using a representative portion of the UMass Lowell population that is randomly generated from known commuter students. Results showed that 35% of students live on campus, resident students use sustainable transportation options to get to locations on campus. 33.26% of commuter students use sustainable transportation. Therefore, 7,334 or 51% of total students use more sustainable commuting options.

Additional data, while not the most current, exists in the following:
Transportation Management Plan

“Registered addresses for parking decal holders were geo-coded to determine where faculty, staff, and students reside off campus. Auto commute distances were then estimated using straight line measurements for each type of decal.”

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) 65.20
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 18
Vanpool or carpool 9.20
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 7.60
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped ---

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

There is not data available for the percentage of students that use a motorcycle, scooter or moped. The number of motorcycle/scooter/moped decals is available but it does not fit with primary method of transportation for entire school year.

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