Intermodal Transportation Hubs for Colleges and Universities Study


Project Overview

The purpose of the Intermodal Transportation Hubs for Colleges and Universities study is to develop a comprehensive guide for planning and strategic implementation of mobility hubs at college and university campuses around the region. The study focuses on existing transportation needs and conditions, impacts to transit ridership and connections, the built environment, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and other transportation modes and supporting infrastructure for circulation on and around campuses.

The purpose of this study is to ensure that multimodal needs in and around college campuses are met and mobility options are integrated in a two-pronged fashion:

  1. Production of a regional mobility hub catalog, serving as the main document to guide regional campuses and one embedded document as a prototype campus at UNT Denton
  2. Production of a UNT Mobility Hub report to be adapted as a guide or catalog for the large variety of colleges and universities in the north central Texas region.


The study project team will be holding a virtual PAC Update meeting on February 7, 2023. Please reach out to either of the contacts below if you need more information. 

The Vision for Campus Mobility Hubs

The Project Advisory Committee developed a preliminary vision for future campus mobility hubs. This definition and vision will be modified as campus stakeholder conversations continue in Phase 1 and 2 of the study. 

Campus mobility hubs are the physical and digital intersection of mobility options, transportation information, campus life, and social interactions. Campus mobility hubs are centralized points both on- and off-campus that facilitate connections across modes and where people have on-demand access to a range of shared mobility options and mobility storage solutions. Typically built on a backbone of public transit and campus shuttles, mobility hubs offer a safe, comfortable, convenient, and accessible space to seamlessly transfer across different mobility options.  


 

Key Objectives of Mobility Hubs

While campus mobility hub design and its associated kit of parts respond to the varying needs of resident and commuter campuses, NCTCOG and its stakeholders envision the following objectives for campus mobility hubs:  

  • Campus mobility hubs should be highly accessible, convenient, sustainable, and safe, with a wide array of amenities to complement the available mobility offerings.  
  • Campus mobility hubs should seamlessly tie-in to the fabric of the campus or community where they are located, both in terms of aesthetics and the amenities offered.  
  • Campus mobility hubs should provide more than just a connection between transportation modes – they should be activated and comfortable enough to spend anywhere from a short stopover to a long stay. 
  •  Campus mobility hubs should cater to the diverse mobility needs and abilities of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 
 

 

Campus Stakeholder Engagement

Directional Workshop
Nelson/Nygaard facilitated a Directional Workshop for the study on April 14, 2022 with over 25 representatives of local university campuses, transit agencies, and municipal and county transportation departments in attendance. 

The purpose of the workshop was to:

  • Present basic background information for the study
  • Provide an overview of the mobility hub concept for stakeholders and members of the study's Project Advisory Committee (PAC)
  • Collaborate to help identify mobility needs, challenges
  • Identify short-term and long-term project goals, as well as an overall vision that thet study can address and be guided by.
  • Discuss success metrics for mobility hub implementation
  • Discuss potential risk factors


Workshop PowerPoint
Workshop Summary Memo


Campus Mobility Survey
A survey was developed to help identify campus user behavior with regard to how the university campus is accessed. It was offered in May 2022 and again in September through October and received over 1,200 responses. These responses provide valuable and crucial data for understanding how campus affiliates get to and around campuses, and what they need to improve their mobility. 

Campus Mobility Survey Analysis Report

October On-Campus Public Engagement and PAC Mobility Hub Charrette
During the week of October 3-7, 2022, the study project team visited three campuses in the region to hold pop-up engagement workshops that gathered insights and feedback from campus affiliates. The team then facilitated an in-person PAC Update Meeting and Mobility Hub Design Charrette. A summary of the week’s activities is below. 

October Engagement Summary Memo
 

Project Timeline



March 2022
  • Project launch

Spring - Fall 2022
  • Existing conditions
  • Mobility trends
  • Needs and market analysis

Fall - Winter 2022
  • Phasing and Funding
  • Implementation Strategies
  • UNT Mobility Report
  • Mobility HUB catalog

January 2023
  • Draft Recommendations
  • Implementation Strategies
 

 

 For more information about this initiative, contact Ezra Pratt at epratt@nctcog.org or Andrew Pagano at apagano@nctcog.org