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.
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.