Louisiana State University occupies a sprawling campus of approximately 1,000 acres with a total enrollment of 38,000. The campus core is historic, walkable, and well-served by transit but has been degraded in recent years, with numerous parking lots replacing open space. With more than 28,000 parking spaces, LSU has one of the highest parking ratios per capita amongst peer universities. Bus routes are also characterized by one-way loops, and ridership is lower than comparable university shuttle systems. Growth in off-campus housing—despite being within walking, biking, and transit distance—has fostered a car culture, supported inadvertently by the abundance and availability of cheap parking on campus.
Strategies focused on mid- to long-term reduction of core campus parking coupled with improved convenience, comfort, and access to remote parking; transportation demand management (TDM) strategies; route re-alignments to support greater transit ridership; and removing barriers to better, safer walking and biking connections to off-campus housing. Nelson\Nygaard also closely examined parking utilization data to understand how the existing system could be managed more effectively with different tools, including pricing mechanisms and daily permits.