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School communities are broadly divided into two groups: students and faculty/staff. Students have differing schedules, making inflexible, one-size-fits-all approaches to issues like traffic congestion and parking demand impractical and ineffective. Faculty and staff tend to work more standardized hours, but limitations on available parking spaces can lead to logistical headaches.

Peak traffic levels can be difficult to predict with students coming and going at differing hours, and they often change from one semester to another. Creating an equitable distribution system for parking passes can also be problematic. Both students and faculty/staff need access to a broad range of flexible transportation options that cut down on the amount of vehicular traffic on campus while reducing demand for limited parking.

The key to real success is to make smarter transportation options more accessible, convenient, and desirable, especially to students. With Gohio Commute, university administrators and sustainability personnel can quickly and easily track trends and data related to campus commuting. Alongside powerful user tools, this data can help guide policy decisions that will have a far-reaching impact. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy instant access to a complete range of powerful journey planning tools, including:

  • Turn-by-turn directions for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Multimodal trip planners, including real-time links to local public transit schedules and up-to-the-minute information
  • Easy-to-use and easy-to-manage car and bikepooling
  • Creating virtual ride boards for students traveling to and from campus
Putting this information at users’ fingertips makes it far more likely that commuters will make better and more widespread use of smarter, more sustainable transportation. Paired with initiatives like transit pass subsidies or incentive programs, universities can generate results that can reduce vehicular traffic on campuses by as much as 30 percent or more.
  • A ready made platform for matchmaking ride sharers, along with additional tools to track all forms of alternative commuting. Having this tool as part of a larger Ohio wide platform makes it even more useful. Getting a carpooling tool for CSU members was important to both sustainability and parking, but having this tool offered to us, as opposed to having to do all the research and procure a system, was immensely valuable.
    Jennifer McMillian, CSU Sustainability Director, 03/03/2020