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
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
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.