Sustainability

Transportation

The University is addressing the adverse consequences of being primarily a commuter campus by investing in policies to reduce commuting, by increasing use of alternative modes of transportation, and by use of alternative energy technology.

Main Strategies

  1. Reduce total number of commuting miles
  2. Reduce use of single occupancy vehicles for commuting
  3. Reduce emissions associated with vehicle use on campus

Objectives for 2023

  1. Reduce vehicle miles traveled by faculty, staff, and students by 10%
  2. Increase share of alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles for commuting from 26% to 40%
  3. Gain recognition as a Bicycle-Friendly University
  4. Reduce, with a goal of eventual elimination, vehicle use in the campus core
  5. Reduce average emissions associated with university fleet operations (non- construction/maintenance vehicles) by 50%
  6. Systematize transport data collection

2018-19 Priorities and Outcomes

  • Conduct one unified Campus Transportation Survey for students, staff and faculty to gather data required to calculate CSUN’s Greenhouse Gas emissions.
    • Because the South Coast Air Quality Monitoring District transportation survey must be distributed to all employees, it will be used to collect data on employee commuting habits for CSUN's greenhouse gas inventory. A separate survey will be used to collect data on student commuting habits. Additionally, fields for vehicle make and model will be added to CSUN's parking permit purchase form to collect data on vehicle types used to commute.
  • Develop and implement a No-Idling Policy.
    • A No-Idling Policy has been drafted and approved by the Division of Administration and Finance. Enforcement of the policy will primarily involve educating campus users about the policy's intent and impact.
  • Create a separate housing-specific permit which would be valid only in student housing parking lots.
    • Housing has agreed to the restrictive permit in alignment with the University’s Climate Action and Sustainability goals. This new restriction would allow for after hours parking on the main campus to address nighttime safety concerns.
  • Determine the feasibility of purchasing transit passes and vanpool passes under pre-tax Commute Choice benefits option for employees.
    • This model is feasible, and will be pursued in the coming year. Parking and Transportation Services is also looking to utilize the MetroLink app as a replacement for employee MetroLink cards.
  • Pilot level 1 EV chargers.
    • A survey was distributed to CSUN's electric vehicle user group, which found that 85% of respondents were in favor of level 1 EV chargers. The new G6 parking structure will contain over 100 level 1 charging spaces, which will be the single largest deployment of EV charging infrastructure on campus to-date. 
  • Develop a Bicycle Education Program.
    • A campus bicycle committee has been created, tasked with completing CSUN's application to become a Bicycle Friendly University through the League of American Cyclists. This process will create a complete snapshot of cycling education, policy, infrastructure and enforcement on campus, paving the way for the development of a comprehensive education program.

Other Highlights

  • A smart parking system was installed on campus parking structures which shows how many spaces are available in each structure. This will help reduce the congestion and idling through parking garages to find spaces.
  • February 28, 2018, "Operation Firefly" was held outside the Student Recreation Center. Presented by the LA County Bicycle Coalition in conjunction with Associated Students, the event provided bike safety information and free bike lights. 85 free bike lights were distributed.
  • The AS Ticket Office sold 4,405 transit passes for Metro and AVTA. Over 577,000 rides were taken using the Metro U-Pass.
  • Zip Car is currently serving over 480 active members at CSUN.
  • ZimRide saw 1,382 active users this year, which was primarily made up of students but also included staff and faculty.

 2019-20 Priorities

  • Investigate alternative dockless mobility solutions.
  • Implement Clean Air Parking Spaces (CAPS) program in 2 campus parking lots.
  • Develop an EV charging station plan and pilot level 1 EV charging spaces.
  • Conduct annual transportation survey
  • Investigate pedestrian and micromobility infrastructure.

  Check out CSUN's ridesharing network through Zimride!

Student Oppurtunities to Live On-Campus

Issue:

TR1.1

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Increase opportunities to live on campus for students following Campus Master Plan.

Status:

New Student Housing to be completed for Fall 2015. Will bring total number of beds to 3,500. 2,700 apartment style and 800 dormitory style. 

Party Responsible:

FPDC, Housing

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.

Staff Opps to Live Locally

Issue:

TR1.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Increase opportunities to live close to campus for faculty and staff following Campus Master Plan

Status:

No action taken

Party Responsible:

FPDC, TUC

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line yet

Live Local and Reduce Commuting

Issue:

TR1.3

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Offer incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus and to reduce weekly commuting miles

Status:

No action taken

Party Responsible:

FA, HR, PS

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line item 

Alternative Instruction

Issue:

TR1.4

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Continue using alternative instruction technologies, such as online and hybrid courses, to offer the potential to reduce total number of weekly commutes by students

Status:

On-going.

Party Responsible:

Faculty, IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Alt transport funding

Issue:

TR2.1

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Expand funding structure to support alternative modes of transportation

Status:

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, AS, PS

Next/Action Items:

No action taken.

Expand shuttle hours

Issue:

TR2.2

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Expand the hours of shuttle service to Northridge Metrolink station

Status:

This has been discussed by the TWG, but will require additional funding.

Party Responsible:

AS, PS

Next/Action Items:

 AS and PS need to determine a funding source.

Ride Sharing Programs

Issue:

TR2.3

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Implement ride sharing programs for students.

Status:

Associated Students has purchased an annual license to Zimride to provide ride sharing services for CSUN affiliates. Users can become a part of this ride sharing network at https://www.zimride.com/csun.

Party Responsible:

SA, AS, PS

Next/Action Items:

In progress.

AS/TWG to determine whether to continue the use of Ridelinks or utilize a different product.

Car-Sharing Program

Issue:

TR2.4

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Implement a car-sharing program

Status:

Car-sharing is being done through ZipCar, a successful program run through AS.

Party Responsible:

AS

Next/Action Items:

 In-progress. AS to continue growing the Zip Car program.

Preferential parking

Issue:

TR2.5

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Develop  preferential  parking  for  carpools,  van  pools,  motorcycles  and  high-efficiency vehicles

Status:

Discussions are underway in conjunction with car-sharing program.

Party Responsible:

SA, AS, PS

Next/Action Items:

 FPDC and PS need to pilot a “Sustainable Transportation” parking location on campus.

Tiered Parking Fees

Issue:

TR2.6

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Study feasibility of tiered parking fees based on vehicle type and proximity to campus core

Status:

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

PS

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line item.

Alt Transport Incentives

Issue:

TR2.7

Priority:

Strategy:

Continue and expand financial incentives for using alternative means of transportation

Status:

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC, AS, PS

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line item.

Bike Circulation Infrastructure

Issue:

TR2.8

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Create campus pedestrian and bicycle master plan to improve pedestrian safety and infrastructure for bicycle circulation.

Status:

Jacaranda Walk Bike Path completed 13/14FY.

No action this year.

Party Responsible:

FPDC

Next/Action Items:

FPDC needs to apply for the CQF grant or seek alternative funding to improve bike circulation infrastructure and complete a bicycle plan for campus.

Bike Parking Infrastructure

Issue:

TR2.9

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Improve bicycle parking by increasing the overall capacity and by replacing most of the existing bike racks with safer types.

Status:

Funding received for Sequoia Hall & Oviatt area under Dec 2013 CQF award. Additional funding received for under CQF submitted Dec 2014.

Party Responsible:

FPDC

Next/Action Items:

In-progress: Continue to Apply for CQF grants to improve bike parking infrastructure.

Bike Shop; Bike Rental Program

Issue:

TR2.10

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Establish a bike shop and a bike rental program.

Status:

No action taken this year.

Party Responsible:

AS

Next/Action Items:

No action taken this year.

Education Program

Issue:

TR2.11

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Establish an education program to provide information on availability, safety, and rules of operation on all available modes of transportation on campus.

Status:

A Transportation Guide was created that outlines the various options for transportation. 

Party Responsible:

FPDC, IS, PS, AS

Next/Action Items:

In progress. FPDC and PS to develop signage in conjunction with marketing/awareness campaign.

Coordination with Agencies

Issue:

TR2.12

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Coordinate efforts on campus with government agencies to support alternative transportation modes, such as improving and expanding bus lines and improving sidewalks around the campus.

Status:

Ongoing, there has been some progress made with Metro and the councilman’s office.

Party Responsible:

IS, PS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Pedestrian Infrastructure

Issue:

TR2.13

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Improve pedestrian circulation and safety by extending sidewalks and utilizing traffic slowing strategies on crosswalks

Status:

On-going.

Party Responsible:

 FPDC

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Pre-Tax Transit Passes

Issue:

TR2.14

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Study feasibility of permitting purchase of transit passes and vanpool passes under pre-tax Commute Choice benefits

Status:

Under investigation.

Party Responsible:

HR, PS

Next/Action Items:

 In-progress.

EV Charging Stations

Issue:

TR3.1

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Install more electric vehicle chargers including solar-powered chargers

Status:

Current count is 22.  1 additional to be opened with Engineering Student Project.

Party Responsible:

CECS faculty, FPDC, PS

Next/Action Items:

  On-going. PS to continue installation as needed.

Info Centers

Issue:

TR3.2

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Construct additional transportation information center(s) and/or kiosks

Status:

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

FPDC

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line item.

Discourage Campus Traffic

Issue:

TR3.3

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Discourage traffic through the campus. Phase-in elimination of vehicular traffic from Lindley Avenue, Plummer Street and Etiwanda Avenue and strive for a car-free campus

Status:

On-going.

Party Responsible:

FPDC

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Alternative Transportation Days

Issue:

TR3.4

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Implement pilot programs for alternative transportation days.

Status:

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PS

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line item.

Pedestrian and Bike Only Zones

Issue:

TR3.5

Priority:

3

Strategy:

Implement more pedestrian-only and bike-only zones

Status:

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

FPDC

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line item

Lower Cost Housing Permit

Issue:

TR3.6

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Restrict lower-cost parking permit for students in housing to park in housing area only

Status:       

No action taken.

Party Responsible:

Housing, PS

Next/Action Items:

No specific plans for this line item

Parking on Periphery

Issue:

TR3.7

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Promote use of lower cost lots on the campus periphery

Status:

PS has reduced the cost of parking in the F5 lot to encourage parking on the periphery of campus.

Party Responsible:

PS

Next/Action Items:

 In-progress. PS to evaluate this program.

No-Car Policy in Housing

Issue:

TR3.8

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Explore an option to incentivize a no-car-policy for freshmen living on campus

Status:

No current plans or discussions on this.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PS, Housing

Next/Action Items:

No current plans or discussions on this.

Car Sharing

Issue:

TR3.9

Priority:

Strategy:

Facilitate car-sharing amongst student population

Status:

See TR2.4.

Party Responsible:

AS

Next/Action Items:

See TR2.4.

Smart Parking

Issue:

TR3.10

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Develop and encourage use of “smart parking” software.

Status:

PS is exploring car count system technology for structures.

Party Responsible:

IS, SA, AS, PS

Next/Action Items:

In-progress. PS may purchase a commercial application.

Zero Emission Fleet

Issue:

TR3.11

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Seek alternatives that work toward a zero emission fleet.

Status:

PS is taking officers out of their vehicles to do foot and bicycle patrol. All AS recycling services are collected via electric carts, with plans to expand their electric fleet.

Party Responsible:

PPM, PS

Next/Action Items:

PPM and PS need to continue to evaluate the campus fleet and determine a baseline for vehicles. 

Avoid Motorized Vehicle Use

Issue:

TR3.12

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Avoid motorized vehicle use where possible.

Status:

Various departments utilize electric carts and bicycles where feasible.

Party Responsible:

FPDC, PPM, PS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Purchase Alternative Vehicles

Issue:

TR3.13

Priority:

Strategy:

Purchase electric, hybrid, or non-motorized vehicles where feasible, otherwise choose

smaller gasoline-powered vehicles.

Status:

On-going.

Party Responsible:

PPM, PS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Maintain Vehicles

Issue:

TR3.14

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Continue to regularly maintain vehicles in top condition.

Status:

Preventative maintenance is scheduled on all campus vehicles.

Party Responsible:

PPM

Next/Action Items:

On-going

Travel Behavior Surveys

Issue:

TR3.15

Priority:

2

Strategy:

Conduct bi-annual surveys for students travel behavior

Status:

Campus-wide Commuting Survey completed this year.

Party Responsible:

IS

Next/Action Items:

On-going.

Reduced Deliveries

Issue:

TR3.16

Priority:

1

Strategy:

Establish designated delivery/pick-up days for OfficeMax, FedEx, UPS, and other campus vendors to reduce fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

Status:

Reduced deliveries are being accomplished through the OfficeMax dollar amount order limit.

Party Responsible:

PCA

Next/Action Items:

In-progress.