How do commuters get to campus? A survey to collect answers to that question was sent to students, faculty, and staff last fall as part of a regular effort to collect data to inform campus transportation planning. Over 6,000 responses to the online questionnaire were received from November 2016-January 2017.  Physical & Environmental Planning has compiled the results, which show a continued decrease in single drivers in cars and increased use of transit.

A few of the findings from the 2016/17 survey about transportation and commuting habits:

  • 37 percent of faculty and staff drive alone to work, a decrease of about four percent since 2015. Eight percent of students drive alone to campus.

  • Walking and bicycling continue to be popular modes for commuting -- over 65 percent of students, 30 percent of faculty and 20 percent of staff walk or bike to campus. The enjoyment from an active commute was the third most popular influence for a person’s commute choice for both faculty/staff and students.

  • BART usage grew the most since 2015 -- 20 percent of faculty and staff and 6.5 percent of students reported commuting by BART.

  • Of those who drive to campus either occasionally or regularly, over 4 percent do so in an electric vehicle. Nearly 23 percent of vehicles arriving to campus use lower-carbon fuels (e.g., Hybrid, EV, CNG, Biodiesel, Hydrogen, etc)

  • Campus commuters are very multimodal -- over 90% use multiple transportation modes as part of their commute, with transit use the most common secondary commute mode.

  • Distance to campus plays a role in transportation choices. Eighty percent of students and 40 percent of faculty and staff live within three miles of the campus. However, these areas generate less than a quarter of vehicle commute trips to the campus. The overall average commute distance is about seven miles.

  • 2.4 percent of faculty and 2.6 percent of staff reported telecommute at least one day per week. The average telecommuter does so less than 2 days per week and has a commute distance 60 percent longer than non-telecommuters.

  • Time, expense/cost, being active, and schedule were the leading influences for campus commuters transportation decisions. While about 40 percent of commuters reported time most influenced their commute decision, only about 15 percent reported that limited parking availability was a major influence to their commute decision.


For more information, contact planning@berkeley.edu