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The University of Kansas and its affiliates are committed to providing safe, equitable, healthy, and environmentally responsible multi-modal transportation options to the KU Community.  We strive to minimize the impacts of transportation practices and services while enhancing educational and research programs that foster a community dedicated to equitable and economical movement of people and goods.


Goal 1:  Reduce the environmental and fiscal impacts of the campus fleet

Objective 1.1:  Reduce the number of vehicles in the campus fleet and increase the energy efficiency of fleet vehicles

Purchasing more energy efficient vehicles and selling those we don’t need will use less finite resources and save the University money.

Strategy 1.1.1:  Identify underutilized vehicles in the campus fleet

Strategy 1.1.2:  Develop a database to coordinate and share vehicle usage between departments

Strategy 1.1.3:  Address limitations of current State vehicle procurement policies that favor less efficient vehicles

Strategy 1.1.4:  Purchase vehicles that are most efficient for their intended use including hybrids or vehicles that run on alternative fuel                                       

Strategy 1.1.5:  Retrofit vehicles with more energy efficient emissions technologies


Goal 2:  Create an environment that supports a multi-modal transportation system

Objective 2.1:  Increase the percentage of students, faculty, and staff that walk or bike to campus

Walking and biking are the most environmentally friendly (and healthiest) forms of transportation.

Strategy 2.1.1:  Become a League of American Bicyclists’ “Bike Friendly University”

Strategy 2.1.2:  Enhance pedestrian and bicycle connections to the university by improving infrastructure such as walkways and bike paths, and lighting

Strategy 2.1.3:  Provide biking infrastructure – showers, bike lockers, bike racks, indoor bike storage

Strategy 2.1.4:  Develop a reliable bike share program

Strategy 2.1.5:  Identify bike facilities and pedestrian and bike routes with maps and signage on campus

Strategy 2.1.6:  Promote bicycling and walking to campus through commuter education and incentive programs such as the time it takes to bike or walk to certain parts of campus, health benefits, etc.


Objective 2.2:  Increase transit ridership as a primary mode of commuting to campus

Transit is a more efficient way to transport people than single-occupancy vehicles.

Strategy 2.2.1:  At building entryways, display information about bus stops and routes in close proximity

Strategy 2.2.2:  Install notification GPS systems at bus shelters for current bus locations


Objective 2.3:  Encourage alternatives to traditional single-occupancy vehicle commuting

Fewer single-occupancy vehicle trips will result in less greenhouse gas emissions from commuting.

Strategy 2.3.1:  Offer alternatives to the semester or year-long parking permit (e.g. offer ten one day parking passes to be used at any time throughout the year).

Strategy 2.3.2:  Limit the purchase of parking passes for first-year undergraduate students

Strategy 2.3.3:  Establish a campus-based carpool sign-up program or promote the existing program run by MARC and offer parking incentives for carpool groups     

Strategy 2.3.4:  Partner with a commercial rideshare program such as FlexCar to provide cars for faculty, staff and student use

Strategy 2.3.5:  Facilitate the use of renewable energy in transportation (the installation of EV charging stations in privileged spots and reduced parking fees for EV’s for instance)


Objective 2.4:  Improve access for all members of the campus community

KU must ensure that alternative transportation choices are available so that all members of the community have access to campus.

Strategy 2.4.1:  Develop a reliable accessibility map for students, faculty, staff and visitors to navigate campus in a timely and efficient manner

Strategy 2.4.2:  Increase accessible parking throughout campus to provide better access for people with disabilities.

Strategy 2.4.3:  Increase awareness of alternative transportation opportunities


Objective 2.5:  Find appropriate funding for public transportation   

Finding other funding sources will reduce our dependence on automobiles for funding the transit system.

Strategy 2.5.1:  Explore more sustainable funding structures for transit services

Strategy 2.5.2:  Develop a system that encourages contributions from all riders


Goal 3:  Promote alternatives to transportation

Objective 3.1:  Encourage telecommuting

Telecommuting will reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips to campus.

Strategy 3.1.1:  Encourage a telecommunication option for employees whose jobs permit it

Strategy 3.1.2:  Encourage a “flex hours” option for employees whose jobs permit it

Strategy 3.1.3:  Increase number of online classes available for students

Strategy 3.1.4:  Encourage online intra-campus meetings among people located across campus


Objective 3.2:  Maintain 100% occupancy for on-campus living

On-campus living will reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle trips to the campus.

Strategy 3.2.1:  Promote benefits of on campus living including cost savings

Strategy 3.2.2: Renovate on-campus student housing to provide environments that meet students’ needs, foster community engagement, and support academic success.


Goal 4:  Increase the efficiency of transportation associated with goods and services on campus

Objective 4.1:  Reduce number of trips where possible

Fewer trips will result in less greenhouse gas emissions.

Strategy 4.1.1:  Work with vendors to minimize number of deliveries per week

Strategy 4.1.2:  Improve transit opportunities to reduce travel impacts to and from West Campus shops


Coronavirus Update

KU Recycling and KU Surplus have resumed services. As part of our efforts to reduce an on-campus presence and promote social distancing, we will continue to limit special collections that are not mission critical. For updated information on KU's response to COVID-19, visit protect.ku.edu

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