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Advisory Committee Chair

Virginia P Sisiopiku

Advisory Committee Members

Robert W Peters

Andrew J Sullivan

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2017

Degree Name by School

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) School of Engineering

Abstract

There are 4,726 institutions for higher education in the United States. Many of these institutions are located in urban environments and often provide limited options for transportation using alternative modes such as transit, bicycling, and walking. As urban university campuses strive to provide high quality accommodations to their students, employees and visitors, a great need exists for the development of comprehensive strategic plans that promote sustainable transportation solutions. Such solutions encourage social interaction, foster healthy living and active commute choices, and reduce the ecological footprint of university campuses on the adjacent local environment. This thesis reviews and summarizes initiatives across the nation to identify effective strategies for promoting alternative transportation modes within a campus environment. Using the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus as a case study, the study reviews the present status of active transportation at UAB based on available reports, including a recent UAB commuter survey and a STARS sustainability assessment exercise. A sample corridor was selected and used to demonstrate how infrastructures improvements in support of active transportation modes can be designed and evaluated using the Level of Service methodology of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual. A comprehensive set of recommendations is also offered to improve active transportation at UAB and other urban university campuses through design, plan, policy, education, and encouragement initiatives.

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