MRU Parking analysis underway
by Bryan Weismiller
Mount Royal University administration has started looking into the campus’ parking situation starting with a survey, which was emailed to a group of students earlier this month.
It is the first significant study since The Campus Transportation Strategy was released in 2005. Major physical changes have been made in the last six years, such as lot restructuring and the recent opening of the parkade. The west leg of the LRT is also expected to affect transportation to and from the campus.
“We’ve seen a huge shift in transportation behaviours,” said Amy Thai, sustainable transportation co-ordinator at Mount Royal University. “We’re interested in seeing, which modes of transportation people are using and figuring out the barriers to using alternative transportation methods.”
Thai said the survey will help the parking and transportation office track progress, improve services and plan future projects. Single occupancy vehicles are currently the dominant mode of transportation on campus.
“We want to see what kind of options students are aware of and reasons why they may not use some of those options,” Thai said. “We just want to show students there are a lot of different transportation options for getting to campus.
“We also want to learn about areas they’re not too satisfied with, so we also want to see how we can improve those areas and provide a better level of service.”
Students have until March 30 to complete the survey, and Thai said they’ve already seen a “Pretty high response rate,” so far. Thai said she hopes students will give feedback through the survey or by talking directly to the parking office. The parking survey is part of a bigger project, which combines information from Calgary Transit and the City of Calgary. The results will be tallied and released in the next few months.