Transportation Policy Committee
Chairperson's Greeting 2012-2013
On behalf of the members of the University Transportation Policy Committee (TPC), I am pleased to welcome you to the official TPC web page. This site features the ongoing work of the Committee as well as links to related projects and issues regarding the transportation system at UNH-Durham.
During the course of the past ten years, Transportation Services and
UNH Facilities has carried out implementation of a series of
recommendations developed and advanced from our approved demand
management policies and 2004 Campus Master Plan (2003
Final Report and Recommendations
2004 Campus Master Plan).
We are happy to report many successes in improving accessibility and
mobility around campus – using sustainable, demand management based
In 2011-2012 UNH Transit provided over 1.2 million transit trips to
the community– making us the largest transit system in the state and
removing hundreds of thousands of private vehicle miles from the
roads. ZipCar and
intercity rail and bus ridership have grown significantly over the
past few years while parking permit sales have been flat or
declining. Bike and moped use
has been growing rapidly as well.
Our transportation system is dynamic and responds to the
economy and changing lifestyles of faculty, staff and students.
Spring 2011 surveys conducted by the TPC demonstrate that our system changes have resulted in improvements and a community willingness to continue investments and improvements. I invite you to view a summary of the survey results posted here. In addition, our efforts translate into successes documented in our Campus Greenhouse Emissions Inventory Reports published by the University Sustainability Academy and available here and reductions in our fleet fuel consumption. Additionally, our growing Eco-Cat fleet of CNG and alternative fueled vehicles is saving UNH money while reducing emissions.
You may also wish to review our March 2012 Transportation Data Benchmark Report to the Committee which highlights the impacts of our coordinated efforts and sets a framework for our continued refinement of new priorities for the coming academic years. Our mission remains to provide ongoing recommendations to the President to expand on our success and provide a long-term, fiscally stable, environmentally responsible transportation services for our community.
The reports found on this page, and ongoing efforts, are the result
of over a decade of effort, community input and difficult choices
evaluated by Committee members. We have strived to look
comprehensively at the difficult and intertwined issues related to
transportation, mobility and accessibility at the UNH campus. This
work is done with a realization that change will be incremental and
Many short-term recommendations including: incremental parking increases, expanded core visitor parking, lot consolidation, construction of South Underpass, improved trails to the West Edge, a new western gateway, improvements to the Campus Connector and Wildcat Transit services and improved transit shelters and lighting and new buses – powered by natural gas (CNG) and biodiesel have been completed. Most of these improvements draw support from federal transportation funding provided by the USDOT, USDOE and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Essential resources provided by the UNH Student Transportation Fee have been multiplied by these grants leading to expansion of our services and infrastructure.
The upcoming academic year will herald several long planned, grant supported system improvements including the return of Wildcat Transit service to Rochester, enhanced Wildcat service to Newington and Portsmouth as part of the Little Bay Bridge project and a much anticipated deployment of real-time transit information services.
Campus Planning Office
University Transportation Services
can provide more information on the progress of these new programs
Readers may also be interested in reviewing the
articles on the process, as well as the archive of historical
work of the Committee in links at right.
Vice President for Finance & Administration (VPFA home page)
Transportation Policy Committee Charter
The UNH Transportation Policy Committee shall serve in an advisory
capacity to the President and shall be responsible for making
recommendations on the full range of issues that relate to
transportation management, including parking policy and regulations.
Recommendations will be formulated taking into account the teaching,
research, and public service missions of the University and its
long-range Master Plan; the transportation needs of faculty, staff,
students, and campus visitors; mutual interests of the University
and the Town of Durham with respect to transportation including
regional transportation goals; and funding sources and levels that
are realistic and feasible within UNH budgetary policies and
The overarching goal of the Committee is to guide the University toward a systemic transportation management plan that emphasizes health and safety, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness for all University constituents, consistent with priorities set by the Strategic Academic Plan and the Master Plan, and that focuses on both the supply and demand characteristics of transportation.
2003 Final Report: