The Transportation category looks at how schools promote alternative transportation options through the policies and practices of facilities management and of the administration. Points are awarded for campus planning policies that promote a pedestrian- and bike-friendly environment, as well as for the availability of bike-sharing programs and bike repair services.
The category also assesses campus vehicle fleets for the inclusion of alternative-fuel vehicles, as well as limitations on the number of fleet vehicles required on campus. Points are awarded for providing or promoting alternatives to driving alone and for offering incentives to those who choose such options. Alternatives include free or subsidized public transportation; college-operated shuttles that run throughout the campus and to popular off-campus destinations and transit hubs; and reduced-rate parking for carpools.
- More than two in five schools have instituted bicycle-sharing programs. These programs encourage alternative transportation on and around campus at 46 percent of the schools.
- Over one-third of the schools have car-sharing programs. Thirty-five percent of the schools make vehicles available to community members for short-term rentals.
- A majority of the schools provide reduced-fare passes for public transit. Whether through subsidies, tax rebates, or reimbursement, 64 percent of the schools offer financial incentives to students and/or employees for the use of public transit.
- Hybrid or other alternative-energy vehicles are used in 77 percent of the school fleets.
- The average grade for the Transportation category is “B-.” For a summary of grade distribution for this category, please refer to the chart on the right.
Leading by Example
Nearly two-thirds of the schools offer financial incentives to students and/or employees for the use of public transit.