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UVA Expands Initiatives to Alleviate Traffic

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The University of Virginia is trying to make it easier for faculty and staff to find better ways to get to work each day. The school's Parking and Transportation Department recently conducted a survey and found 90 percent of employees live within a half mile of another staff member.

The data is part of a presentation Parking and Transportation Director Rebecca White will make at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization policy board meeting Wednesday.

There are 13,000 faculty and staff at UVA. Every day those employees, along with students and patients, travel to and from UVA 30,000 times.

"We've found that the drive alone percentage at UVA is between 75, 76, 77 percent and we're hoping over the next 10 years to reduce that," said White.

The university hopes to reduce that number to 70 percent in five years and to 65 percent by 2020. White hopes to improve traffic flow around grounds by providing more carpool and transit incentives. One initiative already in place gives employees a discount on their parking pass if they carpool.

"We know not every strategy fits every person. It's not a one size fits all so that's why we're trying to develop as many alternatives as possible," said White.

Steve Williams is executive director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization. He said the meeting will also discuss the Rt. 29 corridor and the extension of Berkmar Drive. Since there are very few tax dollars, the board hopes to begin getting community input on the projects most important to them.

"We really don't have many dollars for transportation improvements so we want to make sure that the money we spend for transportation improvements gets us the best possible improvements but also the improvements that people really want," said Williams.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at City Space on the Downtown Mall.

Reported by Jennifer Von Reuter
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