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What Do We Do At UCLA Transportation? [VIDEO]

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Dickson Plaza 01-00354 copy2 blogPeople often think all we do is provide parking on campus, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, parking is part of it. Most of it, however, is getting you access to campus. That's what we're all about: being green, sustainable and safe.

To highlight some of our goals, accomplishments and best practices, we've made this nifty video. Check it out below and on our YouTube channel.

 

UCLA Transportation Awarded Energy Champions

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etaward_nov2016Sunday night's basketball game against Long Beach State at Pauley Pavilion was dedicated to UCLA Transportation and its efforts in promoting sustainable transportation.

Along with a Bruin victory, Energy Upgrade California—a state initiative aimed at saving energy and conserving natural resources—presented Renee Fortier, executive director of UCLA Event & Transportation; Penny Menton, director of communications, organizational development & commuter services; and Dave Karwaski, senior associate director of planning, policy & traffic systems, with the Energy Champion award.

The award recognizes UCLA Transportation's "leadership in making UCLA and California a model of clean energy and sustainability" by providing sustainable transportation options designed to encourage the entire UCLA community to carpool, bike, walk, vanpool and use public transit. UCLA Transportation has dramatically reduced traffic generated by single occupancy vehicles and the corresponding greenhouse gas emissions.

Congratulations for being Energy Champions!

6 Things You Might Not Know About UCLA Transportation

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1. UCLA has continued to grow, but we’ve helped traffic congestion shrink.

UCLA's campus population has grown by over 3,000 people during the last five years. However, through our wide range of programs, we have been able to reduce vehicle trips to campus by 25% in the last decade alone, allowing for a significant decrease of greenhouse gas emissions in our region as well.

2. We have an exclusive club just for UCLA commuters.

The Bruin Commuter Club (BCC) provides access to products, services, information, benefits and incentives to UCLA students, faculty and staff who use alternative transportation. As a member, you will receive countless of awesome benefits including discounted parking when you need it, rides home for daytime emergencies and up to four hours of free Zipcar usage a month!

3. We offer discounted transit passes for SIX different agencies.

And we even have numerous programs and promotions that give them away for free. Right now, as part of our BruinTAP for Transit promotions, buy a Go Metro pass and get a BruinGO! Flash Pass for free.

4. We're a silver status Bicycle Friendly University.

In the past eight years since our UCLA Bicycle Master Plan was first bfu_webenacted, bike commuting to campus had more than tripled, rising from 800 cyclists a day to around 3,000 cyclists a day. We have high-visibility bike lanes, DIY repair stands, electronic bike lockers and bike shop right here on campus to help you with all your needs. As if that's not enough, students can rent bikes for only $60 per quarter and staff can rent or get bikes for free.

4. We value your health.

Here at UCLA Transportation, we're all about being healthy. img_ts_breathewelllogo_105x105Commuting sustainably keeps you healthy physically and mentally, and it keeps the environment healthy by reducing GHG emissions. But it's not just transportation that pollutes our air. We've joined UCLA's Tobacco-Free Initiative Breathe Well to create a healthier, more breathable and environmentally green campus for our entire community.

5. We’ve helped “tackle” hunger in our community.

Every year, we partner with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to host the UCLA Food Drive, typically culminating in the UCLA vs. USC football game. Last year, we collected over 45,000 pounds of food donations, all of which were given directly to the LA Food Bank and the UCLA Food Closet, a UCLA Community Programs Office initiative that provides struggling students with a helping hand.

6. We have the first electric buses at any public university in California. 

We recently added two new all-electric buses to our BruinBus fleet, which shuttles 1.3 million people around a year.

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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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Celebrate 10 Years of I Heart Walking!

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I Heart Walking 2016 T-shirt_1The 10th Annual I Heart Walking celebration is around the corner! This year, UCLA Recreation will be hosting lunchtime walks Monday, February 8 through Thursday, February 11. Those who register and walk will have the chance to win prizes such as an iPad mini, a bike, a SmartTV, gift cards and more.

So get out from behind your desks and join your friends and colleagues for a walk around our beautiful campus!

During Thursday's Grand Finale event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., UCLA Health will be providing free health screenings at Pauley Pavilion Club Level. Register early to reserve an appointment. Space is limited.

Register now for I Heart Walking 2016:

  • Monday, February 8 — Walks begins at 12:10 p.m. and 12:15 p.m.
    Main campus, top of Janss Steps
  • Tuesday, February 9 — Walks begin at 12:10 pm. and 12:15 p.m.
    Corner of Le Conte and Westwood
  • Wednesday, February 10 — Walks begin at 12:10 p.m. and 12:15 p.m.
    Kinross Recreation Center
  • Thursday, February 11 — Walks begin at 12:10 p.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.
    Pauley Pavilion (north side, closest to Bruin Walk)

Attendees who participate in the walks are eligible for a special, 10-year anniversary T-shirt, which will be distributed during the Grand Finale, while supplies last.

Remember: The more you walk, the more chances you have to win prizes! Sign in at the I Heart Walking table at each location to register to win one of the following prizes:

Check out these photos from last year's event.

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