Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
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University of Utah
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.04 / 2.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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Total percentage of the institution’s employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary method of transportation:

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee 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 2014 asked about their commuting habits to the University. N=11,451. 61% of the total faculty population responded; 31% of the total staff population responded..

The percentage of the institution's employees that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 48
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 11
Vanpool or carpool 7
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 30
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 1
Telecommute for 50 percent or more of their regular work hours 3

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data on staff/faculty 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.


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

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

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