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Transportation Survey: Take II

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 11, 2007

Two surveys to assess transportation issues at UNH will be conducted during the next few weeks in an effort to gauge current community attitudes regarding the existing transit system.

Beginning later this week, the UNH Survey Center, via the telephone, will begin randomly polling members of the university community. General input from faculty, staff and students is being gathered online at the spring 2007 UNH Community Transportation Survey

The Web survey poses assorted questions regarding such things as transit and parking, and provides space for feedback including suggestions, rating levels of satisfaction with current transportation options, and indicating an awareness of the varied services.

The telephone survey is a random sample and will be statistically accurate.

The last transportation survey was done in the spring 2001. Since then, many system changes have been made such as a revision of the parking permit system and the implementation of a student transportation fee. Five additional shuttles were added, dramatically bumping up ridership. And Wildcat Transit now provides weekday hourly daytime service during academic year.

What’s more, since the 2001 survey, Transportation Demand Management policies were adopted and the Transportation Policy Committee was reformulated. The policies and programs have resulted in increased transit use, a clean-fuel transit fleet, and improved parking enforcement and lot organization.

"We are conducting both surveys to seek the consensus of the community regarding transportation choices. After six years, many conditions have changed - hopefully for the better. We also need to begin a new dialogue about system costs, investment choices and our progress towards implementing the improvements envisioned in the Campus Master Plan," says Dick Cannon, vice president of finance and administration.

“I encourage the entire community to lend their voice to the web survey and, if called, to take the time to respond the Survey Research Center inquiry."

Six years ago, the survey showed that 55 percent of faculty and staff and 50 percent of the students wouldn’t change their commuting behavior if parking permits cost to $100 per year. It also revealed that 50 percent of faculty, staff and students didn’t object to the cost of core campus parking being increased to as much as $400 a year if the additional funds were going to be used specifically to improve or expand the parking and transportation systems.

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