Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Virginia Tech
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.22 / 2.00 Jeri Baker
Director of Parking and Transportation
Parking Services
"---" 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:

• The Virginia Tech Office of Alternative Transportation conducted the university’s first Commuter Survey in the spring of 2014. The purpose of this survey was to afford Parking and Transportation a more thorough understanding of how people commute to, from and around the Blacksburg campus. The second iteration of the survey was conducted in the spring of 2016 and was available to the campus community from March, 21st, 2016 to May 12th, 2016.
• Ultimately, 2,527 valid survey responses were complete, accounting for 6.8% of the Blacksburg campus affiliates (students, faculty and staff). While this number of respondents falls short of a statistically significant 10%, this is double the percentage of representation garnered in the prior iteration of the survey (3.4%), and valuable insights can be drawn from this data. Despite this success it should be noted that the increase in respondents came disproportionately from faculty and staff. The resulting data set is thus less representative of the population distribution on campus, than its predecessor, over representing faculty and staff and underrepresenting undergraduates. Graduate students, however, are fairly portrayed in these figures.

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) 39.20
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 27.70
Vanpool or carpool 9.04
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 24.04
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

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

Attached is a summary of the results of the 2016 Commuter Survey, originally prepared for the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

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