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Utilizing Parking Permit Records to Estimate Commuter Habits and Impacts Nadeesha Thewarapperuma Dr. Michael Lizotte University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

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1 Utilizing Parking Permit Records to Estimate Commuter Habits and Impacts Nadeesha Thewarapperuma Dr. Michael Lizotte University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

2 UW Oshkosh is surrounded by residential areas, Fox River Parking on campus is limited Study to select best alternative options for commuter staff and students.

3 METHODOLOGY

4 Data Collection Parking permit application cards – Home Address – Vehicle Information Samples were taken from – Commuter Student – Staff

5 Sample Permit Application Card

6 Calculating the Distance Travelled Address is entered into Google Maps Route with the shortest time selected

7 Sample Permit Application Card

8 Calculating Fuel Efficiency Calculated using Assumptions – Least expensive model selected – Automatic transmission – Combined figure for city and highway mileage selected

9 Fuel Efficiency for a Toyota Prius

10 RESULTS

11 Results for Fuel Efficiency Three Priuses were included in staff sample – Skewed the mean Students drive more fuel-efficient vehicles compared to staff StaffCommuter Student Mean (mpg) Mean without Priuses18.4 Median (mpg) Sample Size17370

12 Fuel Efficiency for Staff and Student Commuters

13 Results for Distance Travelled StaffStudent Commuters Mean (miles)1521 Median Peak Areas(3 – 5) (15 – 28)(21 – 28) Sample size17370 Most commuters are within a 5 mile range of campus The rest are clustered in the nearby cities

14 Distance Travelled for Staff and Student Commuters

15 Cluster Map of Student and Staff Commuters

16 CONCLUSIONS

17 Recommendations Car Pools – ZimRide introduced in Fall 2010 Van Pools – Employees who work 8am to 4:30pm – Oshkosh suburb area, Appleton, Neenah/Menasha area Expand bus routes, frequency Bikes and bike lanes – Reconstruction of Elmwood Ave

18 CURRENT STUDIES

19 Current Studies Estimate the Cost of Operating a Van Pool – Utilize AAA estimates – “Your Driving Costs 2010” Conduct Surveys to Gain Commuter Input – Surveys will capture commuters who use alternatives, non-permit holders

20 “Your Driving Costs – 2010” AAA


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