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Survey Focuses On Helping Commute To And From Campus

Published: April 15, 2013

CSULB is developing a transportation demand management (TDM) plan to help improve the commutes of its students, faculty and staff and make it easier for people to get to, from and around the campus.

To assist in this effort, university officials will be collecting responses to its initial student and faculty/staff travel preferences survey from April 15 to 29. Survey respondents are eligible to win a free iPad Mini or a new beach cruiser bike. Prize winners will be notified the week of May 6.

“The TDM plan identifies potential strategies to help CSULB meet its commitment to reduce transportation emissions and improve campus access by encouraging its faculty, staff, visitors and students to walk, bike, carpool, vanpool and take transit,” explained Paul Wingco, CSULB’s energy and sustainability manager. “It is extremely important that everyone participate in the online Campus Travel Preferences Survey so that we can put together a comprehensive plan for the entire campus community.”

TDM is a general term for strategies that result in more efficient use of transportation resources, often reducing automobile travel demand and redistributing this demand to alternative modes of travel through a series of incentives and programs such as carpool and vanpool matching, subsidized transit usage, bike share and car share and parking incentives.

These programs are designed to reduce automobile trips and associated greenhouse gas emissions by providing for alternatives such as improved transit service, bike paths and pedestrian connections.

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In addition, TDM strategies will be created to help CSULB eliminate four-fifths of its transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century and achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible—two pledges CSULB made as a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

The CSULB TDM plan working group which included traffic consultants working with faculty, students, and staff began their efforts in November. The travel preference survey will provide the remaining key pieces of information for a comprehensive plan so it’s critical that the university community respond with its feedback. The TDM plan is expected to be finalized in late spring. To access the survey, visit the Campus Travel Preferences Survey website.