Tufts University has three campuses, each with different transportation needs. The main campus in Medford/Somerville is suburban; the Boston campus, which is shared with Tufts Health Sciences Complex, is urban; and the Grafton campus is rural. Faculty and staff often choose the easiest way to commute to campus—which results in higher transit ridership in Boston and more driving alone to the rural and suburban campuses. Tufts hoped to improve employee health, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance connectivity between campuses by developing strategies to reduce solo driving and increase walking, biking and transit use.
Nelson\Nygaard gathered data from existing documents, commuter surveys, field visits and stakeholder meetings. Working with the University’s Sustainability Office and a group represented by a cross-section of University staff, faculty and students, Nelson\Nygaard developed a set of transportation demand management (TDM) strategies. We identified opportunities to support more walking, biking, and transit riding and recommended programs such as bike-to-work incentives and carpooling. Catalyst recommendations include adjusting parking rates and using that revenue to fund more TDM programs, and planning for a mobility hub to capitalize on a future light rail extension to the suburban main campus.