Wesleyan Short Range Transportation Plan 2017–2022
Below is a transportation overview document that makes references to various proposals and improvements I worked on as a 2016- 2017 Wesleyan Patricelli Fellow focused on the future of transportation. For more details on past improvements I’ve worked on see my Medium article Invisible Buses. For proposals about future changes I’m working on please see the M-Link and M-Link Express Proposal.
Transit equity means getting places is affordable, time-efficient, and environmentally sustainable, regardless of a person’s income level or background.
Freedom of Choice
Walking, biking, buses, trains, vanpool, and carpools, are prioritized for investment so that they become the preferred means of transportation for most Wesleyan community members.
Making Information Widely Accessible
- Routes and live bus times for Middletown buses added to Google Maps (Invisible Buses).
- Regional transit map and user guide in orientation booklet (Invisible Buses).
- Bus stop signs installed in visible and popular locations on campus (Invisible Buses).
- Bike and walking way-finding signage with time estimates for popular local destinations.
- Bike rental info in orientation booklet.
Increasing Convenience for Bus Riders, Bikers, and Carpoolers
- Fast & frequent bus service during peak times to the regional rail network (M-Link Express Proposal).
- Unlimited transit access for current Wesleyan ID holders (M-Link Express Proposal).
- Waze Carpool App partnership program for faculty and staff.
- Bike racks at key locations around Middletown and campus.
- U-Locks sold in vending machines in addition to current P-Safe Office location.
- Short-Term and Long-Term bike rental program administered near Usdan or Exley.
Utilizing Existing and New Funds to Benefit the Whole Community
- Utilize existing funds for the SRTP 2017–2020 Action plan and calculate big picture cost-savings that come with less car-dependence such as parking lots, car-ownership costs, and environmental costs.
- Create a $10–15 annual transit fee for students like all Connecticut state universities are doing this next year. Many other colleges in California and around the nation do this to fund transit passes for all students.
- Charge faculty and staff who park on campus $100 a year like most colleges in the U.S to pay for transit and parking improvements in addition to encouraging carpooling.
- Consider paying faculty who carpool or use transit $300 a year. Stanford currently runs this program for eligible faculty and staff and funds it from parking fees.
- Additional funding from the proposed annual transit fee and parking fee is crucial for the SRTP action plan to be fully realized and will benefit all community members. Community members who are unable to drive due to cost or ability will have cheaper and more efficient options and community members who continue to drive will have more available parking and the option to leave the car at home some days. All benefit from the reduced environmental impact from a decrease in car use in our community.