At the University of Nevada, Reno much of the transportation planning and infrastructure is handled by the Parking and Transportation Services Department. This group has been very active in promoting alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle and in providing a comprehensive list of options for all campus visitors. This has a dual purpose as we seek to reduce our greenhouse gas inventory and as the campus runs out of parking lot space. All of the programs are actively marketed to students, faculty and staff. Between 2001 and 2008, these activities helped to reduce the drive-alone rate from 58 percent to 43 percent.
- Carpool Program - Campus members who register as carpoolers receive a premium reserved carpool parking space, share the cost of the parking permit with their carpool partner, receive a "Free Friday" parking permit which allows carpoolers to drive to campus separately on Fridays, and receive five free daily parking permits to use on days that carpooling is not possible.
- Bicycle Program - Bicyclists are provided free registration and free use of hundreds of bicycle parking racks and air stations located throughout campus. Bicycle lockers are also available for a nominal fee. Bicycle racks and lockers are continually added on campus as demand increases. Five free daily vehicle parking permits are provided to bicyclists for days that bicycling is not possible.
- Alternate Fuels - The Parking and Transportation Services Department runs most of the campus shuttle buses on bio-diesel fuels which also assists in keeping the campus green.
- The Highlands Program - The University entered into an agreement with The Highlands apartments management to provide a shuttle service to the apartments so that up to 700 student residents can shuttle to campus and leave their vehicles behind.
- Motorcycle Program - Since most motorcycle spaces are in areas that are too small or irregular for vehicles to park in, and because motorcycles use less space on campus, parking permit fees for motorcycles have remained low over the past seven years. New motorcycle spaces continue to be added on campus to accommodate the growing number of motorcyclists.
- Walking Program - Walking is an option for those who live close to campus. Sidewalks and pedestrian paths are located throughout the campus and city for pedestrians. Five free daily parking permits are provided to those who register at the parking office as a walker.
Future work in reducing the transportation impact might include:
- Providing electric vehicle charging stations - This might provide an incentive for owners of these vehicles and reduce our commuting impact.
- Exploring the feasibility of a car share and/or bike share program - This would likely be done with outside vendors that have an extensive network of established university clients. A bike share program might also include an on-campus bike repair station to assist campus bicyclists.
- Continuing to work with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to provide inexpensive commuter options - This might include a shuttle to the new downtown transit center under construction, adding RTC stops around campus and co-marketing transit options for University users.
- Improving people movement on campus - As the campus grows, the need for more transportation options on campus also grows. Improvements in people movement such as separate bike and pedestrian lanes, special shuttle routes and buses will be considered as the need arises.