UC Davis Transportation Plan of Tomorrow
UC Davis has a long history of leadership on transportation. Early world-class investments in campus bike facilities and the citywide Unitrans bus system have led to impressive rates of bicycling and transit use, particularly among undergraduates.
Today, only one in four members of the UC Davis community drive alone to campus – a remarkably low rate. Many institutions would be satisfied with that figure. To their credit, however, UC Davis leaders look at the 25 percent drive-alone mode share and see an opportunity. To seize this opportunity, UC Davis is committed to designing new strategies that improve the travel experience for the campus community that fit with the campus culture, while also striving to reduce daily congestion, impacted parking, vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.
UC Davis is undergoing a transportation planning process called Transportation Tomorrow to understand the needs of the community and the possibilities for positive change within the system. The Transportation Tomorrow plan will serve as a roadmap for how UC Davis structures their transportation programming, policy, and infrastructure.
- Healthy for People: Transportation Tomorrow will promote walking, bicycling, and transit over single occupancy travel; use of these modes correlates with physical health, mental health, and financial health for individuals.
- Healthy for the Environment: Transportation Tomorrow will reduce harmful emissions and greenhouse gasses, and contribute to productive uses of prime campus real estate aligned with the institution’s learning and research goals.
- Healthy for the Institution: Transportation Tomorrow will reduce capital expenses and debt service related to parking to reduce fiscal risk and prepare the institution to respond to potentially different transportation patterns in the future.
Planning started in January 2017 and the plan is currently being implemented.