Community Forum | October 2021
Q: What is the university’s strategy to reduce single occupancy vehicles for commuters? How do we make sure the U thinks about traffic issues before promoting growth?
A: We are committed to our partnership with UTA, in particular to reduce single occupancy vehicles. This partnership suffered during COVID, but we are seeing a significant increase in ridership since the start of the fall semester. We also don’t have as many parking problems as we expected because there are fewer vehicles coming to campus. Having more housing on campus has helped that, as has more people working from home. We also have options for telecommuters so they don’t have to purchase a full year parking pass that they might then feel pressured to use. In summary, we are trying to maintain a balanced effort to tackle this problem.
We also worked with UDOT and UTA and VA on concepts for building mobility and transit hubs on campus that would improve the usability of public transport, similar to what has been made at the Union in recent years.
Q: Have you thought about dealing with the thousands of cars that crowd the Yalecrest neighborhood on football match days? (provide parking for these cars on the U campus)
A: We continue to tackle this issue, which dates back to the partnership with UTA. Our match day attendance represents 25-30% of the stadium, or 15,000 to 20,000 runners per football match, and during weekday matches, we see an even greater increase in attendance. It gets more difficult on weekdays, but we’re also working to make as much parking space available on campus during match days as possible. One of the issues that arises is that most of the parking lots on campus, especially near the stadium on the south side, are Crimson Club parking lots, and then there are paid parking lots on the north side of the campus, so many are migrating to the Yalecrest area.
Q: What are the plans to manage access to transportation from the south-eastern parts of the valley to the campus?
A: Well, I would start off by saying that by building 1,200 more beds on campus we are taking 1,200 cars off the road. As we move from a traditionally suburban campus to a learning community living on campus, we hope this will get cars off the road.
Q: Is there any other information to share about the mobility hubs we talked about?
A: This should be on the agenda for our next meeting to be presented in a formal presentation.