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2009 Commuter Survey Results

February 2, 2010

Business Services’ Transportation and Parking Department launched a Commuter Survey in conjunction with its annual Parking Survey for the first time this past fall.

Business Services’ Transportation and Parking Department launched a Commuter Survey in conjunction with its annual Parking Survey for the first time this past fall.

2,430 individuals completed the survey, which was developed to better understand the commuting patterns of the Penn Community and provide baseline data for the University’s Climate Action Plan.

Over 43 percent of the respondents indicated that their primary mode of transportation was public transit, biking, or walking. Those who reported driving as their primary mode of transportation cited convenience and flexibility as their main reasons for commuting via car.

Survey results combined with other data will serve as a benchmark measure of the number of students, faculty, and staff that utilize alternate, sustainable means of transportation when traveling to campus, including public transportation, biking, walking and car/van pooling. Data gathered from the survey provides some clarification on the factors that motivate these commuting patterns and also what incentives might convince more of the Penn Community to stop driving to campus.

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