About Parking & Transportation Services

Key Strategies and Goals

Parking Supply, Land Use and Commuter Options

As the University grows and precious real estate is used for new buildings, priority for the use of remaining land becomes an important planning consideration. The PTS strategy for meeting University growth needs is to provide a mix of a limited number of new parking structures (as opposed to surface lots) combined with sustainable transportation options. Encouraging employees and students to commute to work/school, without parking in core campus areas, helps reduce the need for additional campus parking. Options offered through PTS include MRide, vanpools, carpools, and off-site parking with bus service. PTS has also been involved in several forward-thinking community studies exploring the potential for commuter rail service.

Environmental initiatives

Strategies to encourage more people to utilize public transportation, vanpools and carpools will reduce local traffic, resulting in less air pollution and fuel consumption. In addition, we utilize the following practices to reduce the environmental impact of PTS operations:

  • Using E-85 ethanol fuel in more than half of our fleet vehicles
  • Using B-20 ultra-low sulfur biodiesel fuel in our buses and trucks
  • Installing particulate filters on our transit coaches
  • Purchasing hybrid-electric buses
  • Purchasing hybrid-electric sedans
  • Using zinc instead of lead wheel weights
  • Recycling engine fluids
  • Utilize low-energy lighting technologies with control systems to reduce utility use and light pollution