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06/11/91

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Stanford car/vanpooling at highest-ever level

STANFORD -- Stanford University employee carpool and vanpool participation is at its highest level since figures were first recorded three and a half years ago, a recent survey shows.

The Office of Transportation Programs said a May survey of staff showed 461 people (not including drivers) in carpools and vanpools. In 1987, 138 people (not including drivers) were pool members.

Program manager Diego Terneus listed three reasons for the increase:

  • The introduction of a free in-house, computerized matching service at Transportation Programs has made it easier to bring together riders who live in the same area and have similar schedules.
  • The increased number of commuter lanes on Bay Area freeways has made carpools and vanpools a convenient way to avoid traffic.
  • Finally, Terneus said he believes "the improved awareness of the environmental importance of ridesharing has motivated Stanford employees and commuting students to change their daily routine."

Using guidelines established by Caltrans, Transportation Programs estimates that campus carpools save more than 10,000 miles of vehicle travel a day.

Other types of alternative transportation also were monitored at 11 entrances to campus. The number of people taking the bus or train, biking, or walking to campus has dipped slightly from the last count in October 1990. However, 302 University commuters a day are using public transit, more than a year ago, when the figure was 268.

The recent termination of a San Francisco buspool and the Gutenberg Express, a shuttle once operated by the University of California-Berkeley, has reduced the total number of Stanford buspool riders by about nine people a day, from 25 a year ago to 16.

"We have been working to help the affected commuters by setting up new carpools and vanpools," Terneus said.

The survey was conducted as part of the research required for the university's General Use Permit, which is granted by Santa Clara County.

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