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The Kids are Alright

With a Transportation Demand Management policy there is much room for improvement to reduce parking demand at McMaster University. 

Modal split for McMaster faculty and staff is as follows:

18% choose to walk or cycle
65% drive a personal automobile
13% ride the HSR


Modal split for students is as follows:

37% choose to walk or cycle
24% drive a personal automobile
39% ride the HSR
Source: Office of Sustainability McMaster
October 2011

Demographic shifts are pointing to a weakening demand for cars for young people (1), with more young adults choosing public transit over private automobile use. As faculty and staff retire, will their replacements be as eager for parking as previous generations?


(1) “Transportation and the New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy”, Davis, Benjamin and Tony Dutzik, Frontier Group, Phineas Baxandall, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, April 2012


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