At its most recent Transportation Service Advisory Board meeting, UCLA Transportation also released its 2010 Cordon Count results. Every year for the past 20 years, UCLA has collected data on the number of vehicle trips at all campus entrances and exits. This is so that the University can demonstrate its success in keeping daily vehicle trips beneath a voluntary trip cap of 139,500 negotiated with the community.

I’m pleased to report that daily trips have fallen for the 8th year in a row, to an average of 105,584. This is over 24% beneath the trip cap and represents a 2.3% decline from 2009′s count figure (108,110).

The total number of vehicle trips to campus has fallen for the 8th consecutive year.

Some highlights

  • The 2010 count was conducted between Monday, November 1 and Friday, November 5.
  • Trips were counted at all campus entrances and exits.
  • We include a subtraction for bus trips (it’s 402)
  • By far, the busiest intersection is Westwood/LeConte; it captured 25% of total vehicle trips

Westwood/LeConte is by far the busiest intersection at UCLA.

  • Peak AM trips occurred on Wednesday, but peak PM trips occurred on Thursday

2010 AM Peak Trips by Day of the Week

2010 PM Peak Trips by Day of the Week

  • There are a number of factors influencing the total number of campus vehicle trips. They include
  1. The reduction in the Campus Average Vehicle Rate from 1.64 to 1.67
  2. Ongoing expansion of the I-405
  3. The recession
  4. The decline in campus population
  5. The decline in the number of parking permits issued (1,206 fewer to be exact)
  6. 114 more vanpoolers than a year ago.
  • There are several construction projects occurring on campus, which would increase trips to campus.
  • According to the analysis, the slight increase in gas prices and students living on campus yields a negligible impact on total campus vehicle trips.

You may download the report here.