Transportation Survey Results and Findings
In Fall 2019, the Office of Sustainability surveyed the NYU community in NYC on transportation. The survey received over 16,500 responses for an overall response rate of 23%. It is estimated that, during a typical year, 94% of the NYU community uses mass transit or self-powered modes of commuting, with the subway and walking accounting for 68% of commutes. Since 2009, bike commuting has grown seven-fold.
Key findings and next steps that can help improve the sustainability of transportation at NYU are in the table below, or read the full report.
|Key Finding||Next Step|
|Safety concerns deter cycling||Disseminate more bike safety information and examine ways to encourage bike infrastructure improvement around NYU locations|
|More bike parking is desired||Bike parking spaces nearly doubled in Manhattan and Brooklyn; re-evaluate bike parking needs after full return to campus|
|Lack of awareness of NYU's transit programs & benefits||Assist respective unit-owners in publicizing transit benefits/programs|
|Building occupancy varies greatly between weekdays/weekends||Work with schools/units in updating building schedules to reflect actual occupancy|
|Significant local air travel||Encourage policies that discourage NYU-sponsored flights within the Northeast|
Modes of transit
94% of all commutes involved public or self-powered modes of transportation.
Figure 1 description
They "y-axis" shows the percentage of commuters that use a particular transportation method to come to their primary NYU location. The "x-axis" shows methods of transit. Bars in violet are modes classified as mass transit or self-powersed. Barss in graay are modes classified as private transit. (car or for-hire-vehicle).
NYU Shuttle: 6%
Commuter rail: 6%
Citi Bike: 5%
Car (in gray): 4%
For-hire-vehicle (in gray): 2%
Other transit: 0%
Change in mode share since 2009
Since 2009, biking has increased over seven-fold, which can be attributed in large part to the introduction of Citi Bike.
Figure 2 description
Bar graph. The "y-axis" shoows the percentage of change in the share of people using a particular transportation method to get to your primary NYU location. The x-axis" shows the transportation methods.
All biking: 627%
Commuter Rail: -60%
Other transit: -72%
NYU Shuttle: -77%
Where NYU commuters depart from
The largest density of community members not living in NYU housing are coming from zip codes surrounding Washington Square and downtown Brooklyn.
Figure 3 description
This map depicts the zip codes in the immediate tri-state area from which NYU community members not living in NYU housing departed to come to NYU. The map uses shades of violet to show density (the lightest shade is <0.1% of all non-NYU housing community members, and the darkest shade is <3%-6% of all non-NYU housing community members).
From this map, the largest density is in the areas immediately surrounding NYU’s Washington Square and Brooklyn locations as well as (in order of estimate number of total NYU community members) in Murray Hill, Park Slope, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, Bay Ridge, Morningside Heights, Jersey City, Long Island City, Lower East Side, and Crown Heights.
Flight frequency by region
NYU traveled an estimated 176 million flight miles in 2019. Over 20% of all NYU flights are within Eastern North America.
Figure 4 description
Bar graph. The "y-axis" shows total flights and the "x-axis" shows the region.
Eastern North America: 6,000 total flights
Europe: 5,900 total flights
Western North America: 4,900 total flights
Mid North America: 4,300 total flights
East & Southeast Asia: 2,400 total flights
Middle East: 1,800 total flights
South America: 880 total flights
Central America & Caribbean: 840 total flights
Central & South Asia: 580 total flights
North & Central Asia: 380 total flights
Oceania: 280 total flights
Southern Africa: 170 total flights