In 2010, the Indiana University Bloomington Campus Master Plan detailed the importance of sustainability in the university's 2030-vision, focusing highly upon transportation solutions, as well as Environmental Quality and Land Use, Energy and the Built Environment.
Learn more about the Campus Master Plan and its commissioned Transportation Demand Management Plan below.
IUB Campus Master Plan
The 2010 IUB Campus Master Plan was commisioned "to support this mission and establish a framework for decision making and strategic development over the next 20 years." Among the chief concerns of the Campus Master Plan was sustainability; the long-term vision for IUB holds that the environmental quality, both locally and world-wide, is crucial for all development and improvement plans on campus.
The Campus Master Plan lists Transportation as a key theme is approaching sustainability. IUB must provide a range of transportation options, increasing the use of low-impact modes of transportation (e.g. bus, bicycling, walking, carpooling).
Below are a few of the recommendations put forth in the Master Plan:
- Create pedestrian and bicycle priority on campus.
- Plan and advocate for potential future regional passenger rail service and locate a future station to support campus circulation patterns.
- Develop new buildings and pathways along the Jordan River to reinforce desirable pedestrian routes.
- Develop new separate and safe bike routes and furnish covered and protected bike racks liberally throughout the campus.
- Develop and implement Transportation Demand Management strategies to reduce future parking demand (see below)
Transportation Demand Management Plan
The transportation demand management plan (TDM) was published in 2012 on the recommendation of the IUB Campus Master Plan. The purpose of the TDM is to understand the current transportation patterns of university student, faculty, and staff and make proposals to "encourage the reduction of employee and student commuting by single-occupant vehicles."
The TDM found that of university employees, 71% drive alone, and 23% of off-campus students drive alone as their major commuting method. Below is a breakdown of off-campus students and employees by transportation mode utilized.
The TDM confirms that there is wide section of the IU community that has not yet adopted alternative transportation modes. The TDM provides many campus improvements that would incentive bicycling, public transit use, walking, and carpooling. The TDM's solutions are currently under consideration and have not yet been implemented.
Selected TDM Recommendations:
- Establish strong administrative stance to reduce drive alone commuting to campus
- Elevate status of walking, biking, and carpooling to equal standing as drive alone mode
- Build awareness to capitalize on existing programs and build momentum for alternative transportation use
- Provide financial incentives for alternative mode use (paid for by financial disincentives for drive alone commuting)
- Hoosier Commuter Club - membership exclusive to employees who regularly commute through alternative transportation and surrender the ability to buy an individual parking pass. The benefits of the club include free Bloomington Transit pass, access to Zimride, and more
- Parking Price Increase – 5% per year for 10 years
- Carpool Financial Incentive – 20% Discount for 2‐person carpools