Transportation

Policy Target: achieve a 45% employee drive-alone commute rate and carbon neutral fleet by 2025

Transportation remains the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the State of California accounting for 40% in 2017. UCLA’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality from transportation aligns with the campus’ commitment to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices.

Target goals were set to address commuting, on and near-campus mobility, and campus fleet carbon neutrality to reduce campus mobile source greenhouse gas emissions.

UCLA has a comprehensive award winning sustainable transportation program that offers transit subsidies through seven different transit agencies, a carpool program, walking and bicycling commuter benefits, and more.

As a result, UCLA has been able to reduce the percent of Bruins driving alone to campus to under 48% for employees and 24% for students, the lowest in University history. In contrast, the drive-alone rate for all LA County commuters was 74% in 2018 (the latest available year for this data).

Overall, more than 63% of all commuters travel to UCLA by some form of sustainable transportation. This helps to achieve our long-term goal of at least 70% overall sustainable commuting by 2050.

As the mobility needs for students, faculty, and staff continue to evolve, UCLA will work to improve on- and near-campus mobility so that all active modes and campus transit services are preferable to driving on and around campus. This includes minimizing vehicle trips and leveraging opportunities to plan for first and last mile connections provided by public or private transportation projects.

UCLA is on track to achieve a carbon neutral fleet by 2025, and operates a campus fleet that is more than 60% alternatively fueled and over 30% electric. The switch to low- and zero-emission vehicles saves nearly 5,000 gallons of fuel and an estimated 42.5 metric tons of CO2 each year. UCLA has met their campus fleet goal and increasingly purchases zero emission and sustainable fuel vehicles.

To support these greening initiatives, fuel and power infrastructure is being installed, as well as new technology to identify environmentally unfriendly driving behaviors.

Learn more about how to sustainably commute to campus and reduce your carbon footprint. You can also follow UCLA Transportation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for news and updates, or check out the Be a Green Commuter Blog.


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