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
The availability of bike-sharing programs and bike repair services.
Inclusion of alternative-fuel vehicles in the campus fleet
Providing and incentivizing alternatives to driving alone to and from campus, including public transportation, college-operated shuttles, and reduced-rate parking for carpools.
- Half of schools have instituted bicycle-sharing programs. These programs, at 50 percent of the schools, offer people an alternative to driving short distances on and around campus.
- More than half of the schools have car-sharing programs. Fifty-one 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, 61 percent of the schools offer financial incentives to students and/or employees for the use of public transit.
- Alternative-energy vehicles are used in 86 percent of the schools' fleets. These included hybrids, electric carts, and vehicles fueled with biofuel, among many other things.
- 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.