Event Title

Determining the Feasibility of Universal Access to Bus Transportation for Illinois Wesleyan University Students

Graduation Year

2013

Location

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2013 3:00 PM

Description

In a car-based society, transportation has negative environmental and economic implications. However, programs like Universal Access that promote public transportation offer low cost, sustainable alternatives. Under Universal Access, a community group contracts with the local public transit system to attain ‘fare free’ unlimited access to public transportation at a negotiated cost (Toor et. al 2004). The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of creating a Universal Access program for Illinois Wesleyan University students. My research included a focus group and survey of IWU students to determine transportation habits and whether students desire a Universal Access program. It revealed that IWU students are interested in creating a Universal Access program. The study suggests that in order to move toward more sustainable transportation policies, IWU should develop educational programming about local bus system use and create a stakeholder committee to work out the details of a Universal Access program with Connect Transit.

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Determining the Feasibility of Universal Access to Bus Transportation for Illinois Wesleyan University Students

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

In a car-based society, transportation has negative environmental and economic implications. However, programs like Universal Access that promote public transportation offer low cost, sustainable alternatives. Under Universal Access, a community group contracts with the local public transit system to attain ‘fare free’ unlimited access to public transportation at a negotiated cost (Toor et. al 2004). The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of creating a Universal Access program for Illinois Wesleyan University students. My research included a focus group and survey of IWU students to determine transportation habits and whether students desire a Universal Access program. It revealed that IWU students are interested in creating a Universal Access program. The study suggests that in order to move toward more sustainable transportation policies, IWU should develop educational programming about local bus system use and create a stakeholder committee to work out the details of a Universal Access program with Connect Transit.