Amid a growing population of staff, faculty and students, UCLA Transportation is still on track to reach its Climate Action Plan goal of a 52% alternative transportation commute rate, according to its newly-released "State of the Commute" report.
In 2016, UCLA’s drive-alone rate was close to 53% for employees, significantly lower than Los Angeles County as a whole, where approximately 74% of all commuters drive alone to work according to 2015 U.S. Census data. The drive-alone rate for UCLA’s commuting students is even lower at just over 25%.
“UCLA Transportation has worked hard to reduce vehicle traffic on campus, and the results speak for themselves,” said Renee Fortier, UCLA Transportation's Executive Director. "Since 1987, the UCLA employee drive-alone rate has fallen from 74% to 53%."
The University continues to reap benefits from its substantial investment in smarter commute programs, including such measures as providing nearly 50% subsidized transit passes, vanpool subsidies, discounted carpool parking permits, bicycling infrastructure, and other commuter support services. Staff, faculty, and student incentives help employees and students reduce mobile source greenhouse gas emissions and make sustainable transportation choices for both their commutes and intra-campus trips. The annual report highlights the commuting characteristics of the nearly 45,000 students and 31,000 staff and faculty members, featuring graphs, charts, and tables that list program participation levels, specific mode use, and the commuter options and support programs available to UCLA employees, students, and visitors.
The complete UCLA State of the Commute PDF report is available here.