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Targeting Chapman’s Alternative Transportation Improvements

Chapman University has a large number of students who commute to campus daily, however little is known about their commuting habits. In order to make successful recommendations about alternative transportation strategies that will be utilized by students, it is important to to understand where students commute from and what their transportation preferences are.

Biking at Chapman

Biking, a form of active and sustainable transportation, makes up only a small portion of commuters to Chapman, and should be better promoted to increase the university’s sustainability efforts, as well as to reduce stress caused by parking. The main goal of this study is to analyze the state of biking among all members of the Chapman community, and to develop suggestions for improving the presence of biking among commuters to campus.

Active and Public Transportation

Chapter 3 focuses on active and public transportation at Chapman University and how these alternative forms of transportation compare to the primary form of transportation to campus, personal vehicle commute. Active and public transportation have been viewed as more environmentally friendly, but these transportation methods pose more benefits to individuals compared to personal vehicle transport. The measures that this chapter examined were carbon emissions, monetary costs and savings, and calories burned.


Many people who drive to Chapman University every day arrive in single passenger vehicles. However, ridesharing can reduce this number by reducing the amount of  people who commute in single passenger vehicles with the added bonus of reducing traffic congestion in the city of Orange from people coming to campus. 

Parking Demand Management

Chapters 5-7 focus primarily on Chapman University’s parking situation, as well as alternative options. Chapter 5 explores improving parking efficiency, for as the student body continues to grow, parking will becoming increasingly difficult. Chapter 6 looks at the costs associated with parking infrastructure as well as above- versus below-ground parking structures, while Chapter 7 makes recommendations for programs encouraging alternative transit options for the Chapman community.