Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting your commute in new survey series


How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting your commute?

The Division of Administration is conducting a series of surveys designed to gain a better understanding of commuter attitudes and behaviors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Survey results will inform mobility and transportation efforts on campus and scholarly research at the university.

The surveys are for members of the Vanderbilt University community who currently commute to campus for work or study, as well as those currently working or studying remotely. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Look for an email Oct. 14 from Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain with your unique link to take the commuter survey for Phase II+.

This is the first in a series of brief surveys that will be administered during each of Vanderbilt’s ramping up phases.

“COVID-19 has touched nearly every aspect of our lives, from how and where we work, teach and learn to what modes of travel we use to navigate everyday activities,” Kopstain said. “However, just as the vital mission of the university continues, so does our work to plan for the future. Responses to these surveys will provide valuable insight on our transportation options and parking needs and help us strategize how best to serve our diverse community during the pandemic and going forward.”

“Information gathered from these surveys also presents a unique opportunity for university researchers to study how COVID-19 impacts travel demand, congestion and air quality,” said Mark Abkowitz, professor of civil and environmental engineering. “This is important not only because Vanderbilt is representative of a campus environment, but also since it serves as a large activity center located in an urban area.”

The commuter surveys will build on past efforts to listen to Vanderbilt community members and gather data to inform policy and programming decisions. Faculty, staff and students were last surveyed about their commuting habits in March 2019.

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