U of A’s Automated Commuter Menu Provides a Free Door-to-Door Analysis


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A comparison of modes of travel between Old Main and an apartment complex just south of campus demonstrates the financial savings, calories expended and carbon emissions.

The U of A Office for Sustainability is helping our 30,000 daily commuters travel more efficiently through alternative and active transportation. The decision about how to commute to and from campus will impact your financial, mental, and physical well being. The Office for Sustainability has a new tool to help with this important decision.

To help individuals identify the most efficient way to commute to campus, the Office for Sustainability has launched a commuter menu service.  The commuter menu is a personalized analysis of transportation options available to campus commuters. This incorporates various transportation data to generate a dashboard view of transportation options and their implications. Commuting time, distance, financial costs, calories burned, and greenhouse gas emissions are all calculated and then the best overall transportation choice is recommended along with a link to a personalized map.

“I suspect the results will surprise many people. The quantitative comparison helps you make an apples to apples comparison between transportation options,” said Eric Boles, director of the Office for Sustainability.

The Office for Sustainability’s goal is that 75% of campus commuters use some form of alternative transportation (not driving alone) by 2025.  The 2020 mode share survey showed that 57% of campus commuters chose alternative modes, while 43% drive alone. Pre-made menus for popular apartment complexes can also be found on the website.

Fill out the commuter menu, its super quick and easy, and you’ll immediately receive an email with a completely personalized analysis of your route to campus!

About the Office for Sustainability: The mission of the University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability (OFS) is to motivate, facilitate and coordinate responsible practices through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff across all campus departments. The OFS uses the campus as a living laboratory by overseeing the implementation of the University of Arkansas environmental goals.

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