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Transportation Policy Committee
Chairperson's Greeting 2014-2015
On behalf of the members of the University Transportation Policy Committee (TPC), I am pleased to welcome you to the official TPC web page. This site features the ongoing work of the Committee as well as links to related projects and issues regarding the transportation system at UNH-Durham.
During the past decade, Transportation Services and UNH Facilities has carried out implementation of a series of recommendations developed and advanced from our approved demand management policies and 2004 & 2012 Campus Master Plans (2003 Final Report and Recommendations and Campus Master Plan. We are happy to report many successes in improving accessibility and mobility around campus – using sustainable, demand management based approaches.
In 2013-2014 UNH Transit provided 1.2 million transit trips to the community– making us the largest transit system in the state and removing hundreds of thousands of private vehicle miles from the roads. We now provide connection between Durham and eight seacoast communities. Many communities are connected with hourly service during our academic year and faculty, staff and students ride free.
ZipCar and intercity rail ridership have grown significantly over the years while parking permit sales have remained stable. Bike and moped use has been growing rapidly as well. Our transportation system is dynamic and responds to the economy and changing lifestyles of faculty, staff and students. In late 2013 we introduced real time transit information using NextBus. In 2014, UNH took possession of several new full-size transit buses – some of the lowest emission and most modern vehicles on the road in New England. We’ve also begun installing parking paystations to allow more efficient parking management and payment with credit cards.
Spring 2011 surveys conducted by the TPC demonstrate that our system changes have resulted in improvements and a community willingness to continue investments. I invite you to view a summary of the survey responses posted here. In addition, our efforts translate into successes documented in our Campus Greenhouse Emissions Inventory Reports published by the UNH Sustainability Academy. Finally, our growing ECOCat fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) and alternative fueled vehicles is saving UNH money while reducing emissions. Wildcat Transit is now one of the largest alternative fueled transit fleets in the northeast and runs approximately 45% of its fleet on CNG.
You may also wish to visit the TPC home page and review our recent project updates, community surveys and benchmark reports. Our mission remains focused on providing ongoing recommendations to the President to expand on our success and provide long-term, fiscally stable, environmentally responsible transportation services for our community.
The reports found on this page, and ongoing efforts, are the result of over a decade of effort, community input and difficult choices evaluated by Committee members. We have strived to look comprehensively at the difficult and intertwined issues related to transportation, mobility and accessibility at the UNH campus. Many short-term recommendations including: incremental parking increases, expanded core visitor parking, lot consolidation, construction of South Underpass, improved trails to the West Edge, a new western gateway, improvements to the Campus Connector and Wildcat Transit services and improved transit shelters and lighting and new buses – powered by natural gas (CNG) and biodiesel have been completed. Many improvements draw support from federal transportation funding provided by the USDOT, USDOE and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Essential resources provided by the UNH Student Transportation Fee have been multiplied by these grants leading to expansion of our services and infrastructure.
The upcoming academic year will herald continued improvements in our parking, transit and bike systems. We also continue to explore public and private partnerships to connect the Durham campus to other USNH campuses and the region and to work with Durham as changes are made to downtown parking and traffic patterns
Campus Planning Office
University Transportation Services
can provide more information on the progress of these new programs
Readers may also be interested in reviewing the articles on the
process, as well as the archive of historical work of the Committee
in links at right.
Vice President for Finance & Administration (VPFA home page)
Transportation Policy Committee Charter
The UNH Transportation Policy Committee shall serve in an advisory
capacity to the President and shall be responsible for making
recommendations on the full range of issues that relate to
transportation management, including parking policy and regulations.
Recommendations will be formulated taking into account the teaching,
research, and public service missions of the University and its
long-range Master Plan; the transportation needs of faculty, staff,
students, and campus visitors; mutual interests of the University
and the Town of Durham with respect to transportation including
regional transportation goals; and funding sources and levels that
are realistic and feasible within UNH budgetary policies and
The overarching goal of the Committee is to guide the University toward a systemic transportation management plan that emphasizes health and safety, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness for all University constituents, consistent with priorities set by the Strategic Academic Plan and the Master Plan, and that focuses on both the supply and demand characteristics of transportation.
Transportation Project Updates:
2003 Final Report: