A survey of employee and student commuters to UNC-CH has been conducted since 1997, first every three years and currently biannually. The questions have remained the same in every survey, so data are comparable across the 15-year span.

Mode shares shown in the table below total to more than 100% in most cases because respondents are asked about their travel behavior for each day of the week. A single person may take multiple modes in one week, and thus they are counted in each mode’s total.

Employee Home to Work Travel Modes
Mode 2013 Data 2011 Data 2009 Data 2007 Data 2004 Data 2001 Data 1997 Data
Total Percent of Total Respondents
Drive Alone (not park & ride) 1051 65.6% 67.9% 61.6% 68.7% 69.9% 78.3% 76.9%
Park & Ride 301 18.8% 20.3% 20.5% 17.4% 17.4% 7.8% 5.6%
Carpool 85 5.3% 5.0% 6.4% 6.2% 4.7% 7.5% 8.2%
Vanpool 22 1.4% 1.1% 1.8% 1.1% 3.4% Less than 1% Less than 1%
Bus 287 17.9% 11.5% 16.2% 11.0% 10.1% 9.4% 4.9%
Motorcycle/Moped 17 1.1% 1.2% 1.0% 1.1% 1.0% Less than 1% Less than 1%
Walk 55 3.4% 2.0% 3.8% 3.5% 2.7% 4.1% 2.9%
Bicycle 84 5.2% 2.8% 5.0% 4.5% 2.9% 4.8% 3.7%
Dropped off by Friend/Spouse 71 4.4% 4.3% 4.4% 3.7% 6.1% 10.4% 5.5%
Telework from Home 116 7.2% 2.3% 4.1% 3.2% N/A N/A N/A
Other 24 1.5% 1.6% 2.3% 2.0% 3.4% Less than 1% Less than 1%
Student Home to Work Travel Modes
Mode 2013 Data 2011 Data 2009 Data 2007 Data 2004 Data 2001 Data 1997 Data
Total Percent of Total Respondents
Drive Alone (not park & ride) 408 47.2% 50.8% 52.2% 54.9% 44.1% 56.4% 41.3%
Park & Ride 187 21.6% 19.8% 19.8% 15.5% 20.0% 16.6% 10.1%
Carpool 73 8.4% 4.8% 7.3% 13.9% 10.5% 13.1% 8.6%
Vanpool 26 3.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.5% 1.0% 0.6% 0.3%
Bus 434 50.2% 55.0% 53.0% 47.8% 41.8% 27.9% 26.1%
Motorcycle/Moped 31 3.6% 1.4% 1.6% 2.0% Less than 1% 1.2% 1.0%
Walk 206 23.8% 16.3% 17.3% 19.7% 19.4% 20.5% 27.1%
Bicycle 123 14.2% 12.8% 16.1% 11.2% 7.0% 11.6% 16.5%
Dropped off by Friend/Spouse 82 9.5% 7.6% 10.5% 11.0% 12.2% 13.4% 9.1%
Telework from Home 50 5.8% 4.5% 6.2% 2.8% N/A N/A N/A
Other 23 2.7% 1.0% 1.2% 1.9% 1.9% 1.2% Less than 1%