Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
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University of Utah
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.36 / 2.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Commuter Survey, Fall 2014
Survey of students, faculty, and staff conducted by the University of Utah in Fall Semester 2014sked about their commuting habits to the University. N=11,451. 21% of the total student population responded.

Utah Travel Study (2013)
College Travel Diary: A one-day travel diary administered to students from eight college and universities in Utah in April 2012 prior to the conclusion of the semester. Student were asked to report their own travel from the most recent weekday. In total, 7,923 students completed the entire survey; 2,035 University of Utah students completed the survey for a response rate of 10%.

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) 32
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 19
Vanpool or carpool 6
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 41
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 1

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data on student commute mode are from the 2014 U of U Commuter Survey. The University of Utah conducted commuter surveys in 2012, 2013 & 2014. The 2014 Survey asked, " For the Fall 2014 Semester, What mode(s) of transportation do you use to get to campus each day during your inbound commutes? (Choose all that apply)." The mode split was calculated without including "Frontrunner," a UTA commuter train that does not extend to campus since Frontrunner riders would have had to transfer to bus or TRAX.

Future travel mode surveys should use data collected by parking services and UTA tap-on-tap-off cards to compare to survey results. Technology like Blyncsy could also help gather more accurate data on travel modes.

Utah Travel Study (2013), conducted by regional transportation planning agencies used a diary to evaluate travel mode of University of Utah students.


Report: Commuter Services Survey--Parking Passes & Ed-Pass. (Spring 2012). University of Utah Commuter Services. Date of Report: 5/9/2012 N=10,233

Commuter Survey, Fall 2013. University of Utah Sustainability Office. N= 9,971

Utah Travel Study. Wasatch Front Regional Council et.al. (2013).
Figure 3.18: HBC Mode Shares—College Diary, University of Utah.

• Auto 57%
• Transit 30%
• Non-motorized 15%

URL: http://www.wfrc.org/publications/Utah_FinalReport_130228.pdf

Commuter Survey, Fall 2014. University of Utah. (2014). N=11,451 (5737 students)

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