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UCLA Releases Annual ‘State of the Commute’ Report

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Amid a growing population of staff, faculty and students, UCLA Transportation is still on track to reach its Climate Action Plan goal of a 50% alternative transportation commute rate, according to its newly-released "State of the Commute" report.

In 2015, UCLA’s drive-alone rate was close to 54% for employees, significantly lower than Los Angeles County as a whole, where approximately 73% of all commuters drive alone to work according to 2014 U.S. Census data. The drive-alone rate for UCLA’s commuting students is even lower at just over 26%.UCLATransportation_SOTC_2016_COVER_small

“Through our wide range of alternative transportation options, we have dramatically reduced vehicle trips to campus,” said Renee Fortier, UCLA Transportation's Executive Director, "a decrease of 25% in the last decade. With fewer motorists on the road, UCLA has significantly contributed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the region. Our success recently garnered the University a Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the state's highest environmental honor.”

Additionally, UCLA was honored with a Silver status as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

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 more than 43,000 students and 30,000 staff and faculty members, featuring graphs, charts and tables which 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. For further information, please visit the UCLA Newsroom.

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Something’s Happened Just In Time for the Holidays

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blogimageWhat a way to end the year. We've just won a gold medal in Best Workplaces for Commuters' Race to Excellence—again!

UCLA was one of 10 universities and one of four UCs to receive this honor.bwclogo_color_final

Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is an elite designation for employers who offer outstanding commuter benefits to encourage more employees to use sustainable transportation options. Here at UCLA, we have things like our popular vanpool program and our subsidized transit passes.

BWC is a program of the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the University of South Florida. NCTR is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation.

Here's looking to 2016!

Congratulations to Our Rideshare Month Winners!

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We want to thank everyone who pledged to use alternative transportation during our Rideshare Month celebration in October. Congratulations to our lucky winners who pledged to share the ride!

Keep commuting sustainably. It's good for you and for the environment!

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One week of the 10 freeway and I was running to a vanpool!

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After one week of commuting via the 10 freeway between Westwood and the San Gabriel Valley, I had had my fill of traffic and crazy drivers. For the last six months I have been taking a vanpool to and from the UCLA area. It has quite literally saved me from pulling out all of my hair and the advantages are near endless. Here are my top-five vanpool savers since joining:InBlogVanpool

  1. Saved sanity
    I have saved my sanity by taking the van! Instead of worrying about traffic I can now turn my attention to other things all of which help relieve any stress or tension from a day’s work. Listening to music, taking a nap, reading, catching up on work, and meditating are just some of the things I get to do instead of driving.
  2. Saved relationships 
    Since joining the van I come home in a far better mood than when I was driving. I have more energy and feel like a more upbeat version of myself.
  3. Saved time 
    The amount of time I have saved on my commute has made a significant difference. Now I get to walk the dogs, go to the gym, hang with my family and get to bed at a reasonable hour instead of picking and choosing.
  4. Saved money  
    What I pay a month to ride the van is less than what I would pay for just two weeks of gas if I was commuting alone. With the money saved, I was able to afford a last minute trip to visit friends in Boston!
  5. Saved Car 
    I now only drive on average the 3.5 miles to and from the van during the work week. That’s seven miles a day compared to the 50 miles I was doing when I was driving alone.

 

UCLA Vanpools are groups of people who travel to UCLA or Westwood in a UCLA van. Vanpools typically operate Monday-Friday, traveling between a common pickup location (where you may leave your car) and the UCLA campus or Westwood. There are over 160 UCLA commuter vanpools from 85 Southern California communities coming to UCLA daily. For more information, click here.

UCLA Releases Annual ‘State of the Commute’ Report [Infographic]

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UCLA Transportation has released its annual "State of the Commute" report with the results indicating continued progress by the University toward meeting its Climate Action Plan goal of achieving a 50% alternative transportation commute rate through public transit, vanpool, carpool, bicycling and walking.

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In 2014, UCLA’s drive-alone rate was slightly less than 52% for employees, much lower than Los Angeles County as a whole, where approximately 73% of all commuters drive alone to work according to 2013 U.S. Census data. The drive-alone rate for UCLA’s commuting students is significantly lower at just over 20%.

“This year’s report shows that our substantial investment in sustainable transportation programs continues to reap rewards,” said Dave Karwaski, Senior Associate Director, Planning, Policy & Traffic Systems, UCLA Events & Transportation. “To wit, campus traffic volumes are almost 25% lower than they were in 1990 and while campus activity continues to grow, much of this increased travel demand has been met by our numerous commute programs.”

UCLA continues to reap benefits from its substantial investment in smarter commute programs, including such measures as providing 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 report highlights the commuting characteristics of the more than 43,000 students and nearly 30,000 staff and faculty members, featuring graphs, charts and tables which 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. For further information, please visit the UCLA Newsroom. In addition, the full 2014 Infographic can be found below. InfographicImage