Faculty 89 ... 9%
Staff 320 ... 5%
Grad 178 ... 6%
Undergrad 98 ... 0.55%
Total responses: 735
Given these numbers, it's clear that the statistics below do not
necessarily paint a representative picture of campus travel behavior,
because both outreach and response were non-uniform. The
undergrad response rate is low, not because undergrads are
uninterested, but because it was much easier to reach the other groups
Does this bias our study? The research strategy is (a) to use
the survey results to develop models of preference and behavior, and
(b) to apply those models across the population to generate useful results. This minimizes the bias.
96% of respondents provided their home address (rounded to the nearest
100). 90% offered their name and phone number for the prize
Santa Ynez 5
Santa Maria 3
San Luis Obispo 1
|Santa Barbara 307
Isla Vista 34
Thousand Oaks 1
This is unrepresentative because of the uneven response rate. What's interesting is how far people travel.
Top Responding Departments
Geography (incl. Bren) 37
Geological Sciences 11
Computer Science 11
Thanks to the MSOs for circulating the notice.
Travel from/to an address other than home
Very few come in from an alternate address (e.g. work). A
slightly larger number return elsewhere, that may peter out on Thursday
How many stop (drop-off, shop, therapy, etc) on the way to/from UCSB
These are generally those for whom public transport would be twice as
burdensome. How many actually use transit? Stay tuned.
How many don't come in
Potential for telecommuting?
How many days/wk do you think you could telecommute?
Not At All 46%
... and what would your supervisor say to that?
Factors in choice of mode
Percent who report these factors as "big"
How long is the walk to the nearest bus stop (all respondents)?
<3 min 31%
3-8 min 30%
8-12 min 13%
>12 min 10%
Dont Know 16%
Trips by mode
Note that undergrads are not well reflected.
What is the time value of a bus transfer?
Question: "If you transfer, consider this scenario: suppose there was a direct
bus that had no transfers but took a longer route
. How much
longer a ride would you accept, in exchange for the convenience of no transfers?"
Average: 6.7 minutes
Did you use TPS help/facilities to find your carpool buddies?
This is not a reflection on the quality of TPS help, it's more a
measure of the impact pure address-based carpooling can make. The
situation depends on whether the carpooler knows enough people in the
neighborhood, is interested in making new acquaintances, etc.
Carpoolers: How much time would it save if you drove alone?
1-10 min 21%
11-20 min 18%
21-30 min 12%
No Diff 49%
A large proportion report "no difference." This bears further investigation — are there that
many couples on campus? Taken in conjunction with the response
above, it suggests that carpoolers live close to each other.
How many people in your carpool?
How do you feel about Stack Parking?
Avoid It 43%
Dont Mind 22%
Like It 8%
Comment: "I refuse to give my key to a valet, ever"
The value of money
How high a parking fee would you be willing to pay?
"A parking permit is a necessity & any fee increase is
simply a salary reduction."
"When I first came to campus I thought $110 was outrageous for
parking, but I have found it is worth it to avoid the hassle of the
"After 30 years of paying parking fees, I would expect to own a space by now, not have to spend ages hunting for one."
The value of time
Question: Suppose all we had was satellite parking with a shuttle to campus. How much of a resulting delay would you tolerate?
1-5 min 12%
6-10 min 27%
11-15 min 31%
16-20 min 19%
30+ min 12%
"[If] E9 and E10 were to happen I would find a new place to work."
Thank you for the comments — all 320 of them.
Drive 20% of all records had a comment in this area
A small selection of freeform comments
There is inevitably some repetition of themes among the 320 comments.
There are many good ideas here (not a criterion for being cited below),
and this paints a rich overview of campus transportation
experiences. The complete set of freeform responses will be posted shortly, separately.
- I rode the bus/my bike for nearly 5 years to UCSB, then when my
fiance' moved in with me, he started dropping me off at work on the way
to his job. Carpooling with him is cleaner and faster than the
bus (the line 25 takes half an hour to drive 4 miles!). Plus I can't very well expect a kiss goodbye from the bus driver, now can I? [That's the buss service. Small surcharge]
- Get those buses to run a little later (like the 24x ending at 9:38 pm!) Bike lockers for those of us with nice bikes who would actually ride them if we didn't have to schelp them all over campus cuz we don't want them to be stolen.
- Arrange for 15X to run through the whole year rather than Sept - June! [Several respondents liked the express buses but complained about inadequate duration and abbreviated summer schedules]
- The bus from Ventura to UCSB takes WAY TOO long but if there were
one that took as long as the vanpool, or even 15 minutes more time, I
would consider it. Right now, the bus ride from Ventura to UCSB would
take almost 2 hours!!!!
- I suggest that incentive programs consider promoting small change rather than sweeping lifestyle changes.
For example, the TAP program grants only a few car passes per quarter
and that's not enough to make the program doable for many people.
Approaching the problem from the opposite direction, if most folks left
their cars at home just one day a week (or even every 2 weeks) it would
make a noticeable difference overall, and be a more reasonable behavior
change for most people. Instead most incentive programs have a real
"all-or-nothing" attitude, which makes them less of an viable option.
- 1) Improve the incentives for TAP (e.g. increase to the
equivalent of 10 days free parking per quarter and free bus passes for
staff, both like they have at UCSD!)! 2) Absolutely do NOT charge
the community to park here in the evenings (e.g. come to a show at
Campbell Hall and have to pay $2, which is especially bogus if they
arrive late and then have to leave again due to no seating), this
presents a terrible image of us to the community members!!! 3) As
for parking fees in general, I challange you to name me JUST ONE
private business which charges ITS OWN EMPLOYEES TO PARK ON THEIR OWN
PROPERTY!! This is especially insulting since we get paid quite a
bit less than our comercial sector peers.
- I carpool with my husband, who is also a professor. We own
only one car and like this. It saves money and forces us to think
about combining trips. And we talk to one another.
- I think that carpools of 2 people should be able to get access to
the carpool parking spots. My choice to participate in a carpool *is* a
conscious decision, and not only did I have to give up the freedom to
come and go as I desired -- but I also have to be very organized in
terms of having what I might need for the day with me. To be honest, I
would prefer later work hours and my carpool co-participant would
prefer earlier ones. So, we did have to compromise in order to set up
our carpool. We do feel good that we're helping out the
environment and parking situation on campus -- but to be honest -- we'd love to be on our own (and this is after 3.5+ years of carpooling together!)
- I'm concerned about the lack of bus options in the evening during
winter, when it is dark. Although the transit guide says that the
evening bus should swing by the Family Student Housing on request, some
of the bus drivers are reluctant to follow through with the request.
- I love biking! I thought I would hate it but it's terrific!
... One thing UCSB can do is to encourage--or REQUIRE--managers to be
more supportive of alternative means of transport to campus for their
staff. ... Allow telecommuting. Or, for drivers, allow flex schedules
like 8:30-5:30 to help alleviate traffic! That was a great option when
I started working in my department, but then I got a new boss who
wouldn't allow that--she said she wants everyone's schedules to be
- my spouse and I are both employed at ucsb. between us we have 1 parking permit, and 2 TAP passes (as a carpool). 90% of the time, we share a bicycle, and one rides the bike to work, and the other rides the bike home.
This provides a) flexibility to have a car at work in case one us needs
to leave mid-day, b) excercise, and c) free parking for the second car
when both are at ucsb.
- Local: Just what you are collecting these data to study - tailor
bus routes and schedules to staff/faculty needs. Also, increase
dedicate bicycle paths leading to campus Regional: Get serious about rail transport from North County and the Ventura Basin. To achieve these goals, UCSB will have to work with other local agencies - this is not a "UCSB alone" problem.
- Keep the stacked parking and add to other lots if needed. It is a
good way of providing affordable, flexible on-demand parking. The
valets are curtious. I like knowing I can arrive a little late if
needed and still find a place to park. I pretty much have curtailed all
mid-day errands off campus but that is OK...I exercise on campus
instead and do errands after leaving campus.
- I wonder who designed these off-base questions about "regular schedule".
[Ouch!] Faculty do NOT have a regular schedule, that's the problem! And
re. E9: A parking permit is a necessity & any fee increase is
simply a salary reduction. Re. E10: The real answer is that if you make
driving difficult, people would only come in to teach & otherwise
work at home -- too bad for the students & those who'd see the
University as an interactive enterprise. I like to be on campus 5-6
day/week but almost feel like that's unwanted.
- The bike lanes around campus are generally very good. But, the
route I take in (along the coastal Bike route past Goleta beach park to
Nable Hall) comes to an end before I actually reach my department. This
means that I, plus many other people, end up cycling on the sidewalk
for a short section...
- I have lived in many different places and find the bike-friendly
environment here very refreshing. Perhaps more extensive bike lanes
could be added to the communities around UCSB, but the lanes on campus
meet my needs perfectly.
- My only form of transportation is a motorcycle. UCSB has taken some
good steps to make this a viable alternative form of transportation...
- Work with the MTD to have more bike rakes for the bycicles. Very often have to miss the bus becasue there is no room for more than rwo bike s on a bus.
- [If] E9 and E10 were to happen I would find a new place to work.
- UCSB might offer regular shuttles from routes not well served by
busses - perhpas a website could allow users to locate themselves and
their needs to see if a shuttle would be cost effective for the
user. I would gladly pay the full cost of my parking sticker if a shuttle offered pickup at the nearest intersection.
- I used to take the bus all the time. But my route (15X) is
ONLY available during main school quarters. It does not run at
all during summer, spring break, winter break. In the end I was spending so much money on one-day permits for these periods, it was cheaper to buy an ongoing quarterly permit! I would prefer to ride the bus, but how do I get here outside of school quarters?
- This survey makes me realize I should bike and bus more. I bought
a bike expressly to commute (4 miles each way) but it takes 15 minutes
longer to bike and another 10 to change clothes when I arrive. ... But
I also need the exercise. I'll try to do better than once every two
- Parking is ridiculous on campus and in the surrounding community.
People are often forced to park illegally and get tickets, and even
staff members like myself can often not afford to park on campus. Staff
permits should be paid for by the university and parking should be
readily availaible. Parking can be a very bad start to a morning at
work and leads to a level of job dissatisfaction.
- What about loaner gas scooters, mopeds, use of
transportation vehicles- in cases where you need to go off campus. What
about loaner bikes - if you want to ride to Isla Vista or the beach. We
work at this campus everyday, need a place to relax, more outdoor
picnic areas would be nice, entice us to stay here during the lunch
hour. I go to visit my parents everyday at lunch - they live in the
goleta area about 10 minutes away from campus. I have children and in
the event of an emergency I have to feel secure enough that I
could get a quick ride to them in Santa Barbara.
- I began having my husband drop me off because parking was impossible on campus and I refuse to give my key to a valet, ever....
My husband doesn't work on campus but he does work in Goleta, yet
travelling together doesn't count as a carpool for UCSB parking
purposes. I would use light rail in a heartbeat if it were available
and ran often enough...
- ... After 30 years of paying parking fees, I would expect to own a space by now not have to spend ages hunting for one.
- When I first came to campus I thought $110 was outrageous for
parking, but I have found it is worth it to avoid the hassle of the
- Well? Stop doing surveys and actually do something constructive
like lower parking fees on campus, give up the idea of raping Isla
Vista residents for a laughably exhorbitant $125 fee to fight for the
same non-existant parking places, complete the Broida Bike Expressway
at university expense and stop profiteering the situation by giving
huge tickets there to "guilty commuters". Hang on lemme catch my breath.
How about employing some of the same funds and energy that go toward
avenging underage drinking in IV and address the bicycle theft problem.
You can't ride your bike to work if it's stolen, the CSO tickets your
parked bike because there isn't any bike parking available or it's
partially full of disassembled and abandoned bikes. Did I mention the
bike paths are incomplete, inadequate, underfunded, neglected, and
dangerous by design. Shall I go on? It isn't pretty. Is it?
How about: For for staff to participate in The Transportation
Alternatives Program we now have to sign off on $100 worth of a gizmo
and card which if lost/stolen we will be billed for. This replaced the
free card system which the university no longer hires human beings to
check at the gate. I presume they hired more parking enforcement
officers to reflect their insatiable appetite to fleece students, lower
ranking staff and lower ranking faculty and lecturers. Lots of
laughs. The university and the IV foot patrol always advise securely
locking your bike to an solid object. Look at the bike racks the
university supplies and