Transportation 

Wesleyan is developing strategies to reduce transportation-generated carbon emissions and other pollutants. There are lots of transportation options, whether you're looking to catch a ride home, carpool to work, ride a bike, use a Zipcar, hitch a ride, or take public transportation.  

We've also developed a calculator to measure your transportation carbon footprint based on different modes of transportation.

We're working to combat idling with an anti-idling factsheet and a handout for you to share with visitors to discourage idling.

The initiatives below show what we've done and what we plan to do via our 2016-2021 Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). See pages 48-50 in the SAP for more details.

 

What We're Working On

  • Planning
    1. Develop and pilot a communications strategy and programming to reduce single-occupancy vehicle commuting
    2. Explore the feasibility of a work from home program
  • University Travel
    1. Develop travel guidelines
    2. Prioritize ground travel for trips under 350 miles in the University Travel Policy

What We've Done

  • Planning
    1. With permission of a supervisor, employees can establish condensed or alternate work-week schedules to reduce commuting.
    2. The Rental Housing Program, Advanced Purchase Program, and Mortgage Incentive Program encourage faculty and staff to live within walking or biking distance of campus.
    3. Students pay an annual vehicle registration fee of $100.
    4. A Comprehensive Parking Study was completed by Walker and Associates in 2011. The study's recommendations have all been implemented, resulting in substantially fewer parking complaints and more efficient snow removal.
    5. A half-dozen reservable conference rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones to facilitate videoconferencing. In late 2014, Wesleyan acquired a GoToMeeting/WebX license to promote video conferencing.
    6. In October 2017, Wesleyan established an anti-idling policy for campus vehicles and visitors.  Part of this policy's implementation is to dispel common myths around idling.
    7. An employee survey was conducted on current and potential use of carpooling, public transportation, and parking in order to identify target areas for emission reduction.
    8. A student travel survey was conducted on The Ride, public transportation, shuttles, and parking. The results can be found here.
  • Alternative Transportation
    1. Wesleyan has 2 electric vehicle charging stations on campus, both in the Freeman Athletic Center parking lot.  These stations are open until 1 AM nightly, can accommodate 4 cars (2 at a time), and are available for public use. 
    2. Several low-emissions vehicle parking spaces are available on campus.
    3. Since 2013, Wesleyan has had a partnership with CT Rides, a commuter incentive service sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  All employees and students can join the program and earn rewards for all alternative transportation.
    4. In 2008, ITS launched a Rideboard to facilitate student and employee carpooling.  Wesleyan is currently looking into Rideboard alternatives.
    5. Student group WesBikes began a per-semester bike rental program in 2010.  Working on a system of semester-long rental periods, it caters to students for whom owning a bicycle on campus is infeasible for geographical or financial reasons. WesBikes also offers students the opportunity to try out owning a bike on campus.  All proceeds from bike rentals go into maintaining the bike fleet.  Contact Gila Glattstein at gglattstein [at] wesleyan.edu to rent a bike.
    6. Two covered bicycle parking units were installed outside Hall-Atwater, and seven new bike racks were installed outdoors. Butterfield C will soon get indoor bike storage.
    7. A campus bicycle rack map was created.
    8. Wesleyan runs a weekly shuttle bus service to New Haven Train Station, and expands this service to Bradley Airport, New York City, and Boston for breaks.
    9. The Ride free campus shuttle runs nightly from 7 PM to 4 AM during the academic year, with stops every 15 minutes across campus.  Individuals with disabilities can access The Ride during daytime hours as well.  Beginning in September 2015, The Ride will stop at Mondo restaurant downtown as well.
    10. A WesRides Facebook group was established to promote student carpooling. An iPhone app for student break travel and the NuRide carpool matching app provided by CT Rides (a service of CT DOT) are being promoted.
    11. In 2009, Wesleyan established a partnership with Zipcar and now has four rental cars on campus.
    12. Middletown Area Transit has established bus stops on campus (in front of Weshop, on the corner of William and High Streets, and in front of Fisk Hall) and at local shopping areas.
  • University Travel
    1. 18 of the 88 vehicles in Wesleyan’s fleet are electric or hybrid.  A policy requires that all vehicle purchases must be low emission vehicles (gas-electric hybrids, electric vehicles, or alternative fuel vehicles), unless a viable alternative is not available.  Physical Plant trades staff vans have been replaced with Ford Transit vans, doubling or tripling fuel economy.
    2. In October 2017, Wesleyan established an anti-idling policy for campus vehicles and visitors.  Part of this policy's implementation is to dispel common myths around idling.
    3. A GoToMeeting software training video was developed and is presented at departmental meetings. An EMS upgrade included enabling room searches based on videoconferencing capabilities.
    4. A carbon footprint analysis for different modes of travel was created and publicized. See the Wesleyan travel carbon footprint calculator (Excel spreadsheet)
Contact
Bill Nelligan, SAGES Transportation Subcommittee Chair
(860) 685-2771