The pollution associated with trucks and cars is especially relevant in Los Angeles, a city with a long history of smog and poor air quality. A national emissions inventory by the EPA found that Los Angeles experienced more unhealthy air quality days than Houston and New York combined. Particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and ozone all pose substantial threats to those who inhale them. In working to mitigate the problem, USC must reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles traveling to its facilities and enhance its fleet with cleaner vehicles.
Currently, USC Transportation incentivizes behaviors that reduce single occupancy vehicle traffic and promote sustainable commuting methods, including free campus shuttles, carpool matching services, and discounted transit passes.
Goal 1: Reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles (SOV’s) traveling to and from the USC Campuses.
- Augment commuter data to provide meaningful benchmarks
- Formally adopt a USC bike plan addressing connectivity, safety, and storage
Goal 2: Increase student, faculty, and staff participation in alternative transportation programs.
- Increase communication about transportation programs
- Include information about transportation alternatives at orientation