Transportation Committee - February 11, 2009

February 11, 2009
9:00 – 10:00 am; SSC 306

Attendance – Lee Altier, Suzy Littrell; Debbie Vermette; Alan Releford, Eric Reichel, Chair, Rick Rees, Karla Zimmerlee; Robyn Hearne

Welcome back – Chief Reichel welcomed members back after the break. He updated the committee on the following:

TDM Report – Administrative draft expected to be available this week. It will go to Chief Reichel, VP Hoffman and Glennda Morse. They will discuss it with the consultants to ensure they (the consultants) have covered all areas they are expected to. The public version, which will come before the Transportation Committee, will be available in mid-March. Then another public forum will follow, with more feedback, and the project should be wrapped up shortly thereafter.

Transportation Sub-Committee Progress Check – Rick Rees, who has agreed to chair the sub-committee, reported they had one meeting so far. He commented that they had a very good turnout and people brought a lot of input. He said the sub-committee will be walking around the campus to look at what is going on near each building. That session is scheduled for tomorrow. He said he has confidence that the group will be able to make recommendations for solutions relatively quickly.

Parking Update – Lt. Hearne reported she has met with various representatives about the current transit study that is going on; they are looking at the transit system in an effort to find out what is working and what isn’t, how to increase ridership 10%, etc. She said the campus will be losing 10% of parking spaces next year (due to A Lot going away), and they are looking at ways to entice folks to use alternate methods of transportation to get to campus. There will be an e-survey sent out. They have discussed things like decreasing some shuttle services in order to increase others. She said that since the University gives Butte County Transit money every year, CSUC wants more statistics from them like how many are riding, and how can they better their program to entice more ridership.

Debbie Vermette asked how much students, staff, and faculty pay to ride the bus. Lt. Hearne said nothing. Debbie didn’t realize it was free and suggested that it be advertised more. Lt. Hearne said most students do know. It is part of the Wildcat Card benefits and advertised through various sources. She said one of the biggest problems right now is the route times, and the pickup/drop off locations that change depending on what time you catch the bus.

Karla asked where they are going to put the questionnaires. Robyn said there was good representation on the committee who is looking at this, and it will be an on-line survey to faculty, staff, students, and others.

Alan said is it possible to target other data already collected like geographic locations of where folks are coming from. Yes, they are going to look at that. They already looked at the buses themselves, e.g. how many are there, what are the departure/arrival times, etc.

She said they are also looking at a company called zipride.com. It is an on-line service that matches “rides needed” with “drivers” (much like a “ride board”). For a set price per month, they also will track things like how many miles have been saved from people sharing rides, how much gasoline is saved, etc. If this program can get off the ground, they would consider increasing car pool parking stalls. They are discussing where to get the funds to pay for this service.

Continuing, Lt. Hearne talked about some of the parking lot changes that have taken place over the break. The Yuba Lot has changed to R-1 parking in which 18 new stalls have been designated.

Various parking questions were brought up, such as does the AS know to tell people who rent their facilities that there are new parking rules? Robyn said she has been meeting with all groups/departments and discussing the changes. Most departments are on board. She said she is trying to work with all departments and especially the departments who bring in a lot of community members to the campus. She has been helping them to put information on their websites (example – Athletics) that clarify the parking rules and regulations. Chief Reichel said UPD is getting a large volume of parking complaints every day and they are working through all of them.

Discussion continued regarding communicating the new rules to off-campus organizations that rent our facilities. Rick said that the off-campus users should see something in the initial contract regarding parking.

It was suggested that at the point of ticket sales of various campus events, the parking permit be sold at the same time, and be included in the price of the ticket. Much discussion about this including various scenarios that included programming to the existing parking permit dispensers. There are opportunities, especially with new technologies, to move forward with a more positive guest parking program. Robyn commented that the Chico community is in the process of learning that there is no more free parking on campus (just like the campus community has been learning.)

Other Business – Lee asked if the TDM Study will address bike lanes on and near the campus. Chief Reichel said yes, that should be a major component, including the feasibility of bike lanes on campus, around campus, etc.

Suzy Littrell reported Cashiering is still working on changing out the old parking permits; then they will tackle the 18 new R-1 stalls, as they have many folks on the waiting list who still want R-1’s.

Alan Rellaford said in the latest Chico Experience research, one of the most highly rated factors that came out is that Chico is bike friendly. He said this illustrates that students and alumni don’t see a big difference between the campus and the city. Chief Reichel said if anyone gets a chance to see the presentation, they should. It was enlightening and encouraging. Alan said he will get the word out, and will probably be doing a larger presentation in the near future.

Meeting adjourned at 10:45.