Transportation: To, From, and On Campus

The information for this section was obtained in June 1995, from several sources. Sergeant Wayne Short of UW Police, and Bob Elliot who is the Associate Provost of General Services were able to provide most of the information relative to the infrastructure supporting campus transportation. However, this information does not give a complete picture of transportation at UW. A more comprehensive look at transportation behaviours by the UW community is seen in past WATgreen projects: Transportation.

Information on campus commuting programs, and transit passes was obtained from telephone interviews with Turnkey Desk Staff and owners of Ride Sharing Inc.

Information on alternative fuels used at UW was obtained from Rudy Molinary of Plant Operations, and Andrea Pagee of the Midnight Sun Project.

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Modes of Transportation to Campus: A study done by the Adhoc Advisory Committee on Traffic & Parking reveals the following information on staff and faculty behaviour in regards to daily mode of transportation.
A total of 1442 staff/faculty participated in this study.

Campus Roads and Parking Lots: 97 acres of campus area is devoted to paved areas and parking lots. This figure includes walkways, roadways, and North Campus.

UW Ride-Sharing Programs: UW has a number of long distance ride-sharing opportunities. So far, however, there is no program for car-pooling to campus on a daily basis. For longer distances UW has one of three choices to share rides.

The Turnkey Ride Board is located in the Campus Center, and is operated by interested students and The Turnkey Desk Staff. The Program has been in existence prior to 1987, and consists of matching drivers with riders. Ride tickets can be obtained and filled out at the Turnkey Desk 24 hours a day, anyday of the year.

Ride Exchange Inc. is a private enterprise linking drivers with riders, and is also promoted by UW. Ride Exchange owners admit that it is a reliable and well used service for many students at UW. Owners: Darryl Bender & Micheal Torreitor.

The Share-A-Ride Program is sponsored by the Government of Ontario. This is also an option for UW members, however, their main focus is connecting commuters between cities on a daily basis.

Transit Passes: During the first month of a given term (ie.September, January, May) UW offers subsidized transit passes for students only. This is applicable to those students who have payed their Federation Of Students fee as part of their tuition, and those who posess a valid student ID card. The cost of the three month bus pass is $135.00 not including a $4.00 picture fee. This service has been offered by the Federation of Students in conjunction with Kitchener-Waterloo city councils for over ten years. The rebate is totalled at $20.00 per term, $10.00 from each of the cities. The service is upheld by city councils with the condition that users fill out a questionnaire allowing the cities to get a handle on the number of students using the service and where they live.

Parking Demands: Every year, during the fall and winter terms, Uw parking decals are sold out. The figures associated with parking, as of the fall term 1994 are illustrated below.

Total Decal Sales: $75,035
Total Parking Spaces On Campus: 5509
Total Parking Lots On Campus: 26 (including metered lots)
Total Visitor Parking Spaces: 1884 (weekdays) and 3320 (evenings & weekends)

Parking Policy: "The University of Waterloo has no legal or contractual obligation to provide parking accommodation and assumes no responsibility for any damage to a motor vehicle or any loss of the vehicle or its contents while it is driven or parked on campus." (Traffic & Parking Regulations, 1994, p.3)

Parking Fees: All students, staff, and faculty are equally charged for parking at UW. Costs associated with parking at UW are illustrated below.

Parking Decal Fee: $74.40/term (including key deposit and tax)
Renewal Decal Fee: $10.00 key deposit deducted, $64.40
Student Residence Parking Fee: $56.00 (Students in residence are not required to pay tax or a key deposit)
Staff Fee: same, deducted from salaries monthly.
Faculty Fee: same, deducted from salaries monthly.
Ticket Fines: initially $15.00
Towing Fines: $40.00
Handicapped or Accessway Zone Fines: $50.00 ticket + $40.00 towing
Coin Lots: range from 50 cents to $1.25.

Future Plans: It is UW policy, regarding the expansion of buildings on campus, that they take the place of areas currently designated as parking. Parking lot B1 is to be replaced with the new Environmental Science & Engineering building, beginning construction sometime soon.

Pedestrian Transportation - Walksafe: It is the mission of the UW Police Service to provide safer movement about campus for UW students, staff, and faculty. The Walksafe Service is operated by UW Student Security from 8pm-2am every day of the year. The service is complimentary, and Student Security will escort you to and from campus destinations upon request.

Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles: There are approximately seven vans operated by Plant Operations using propane as an alternative fuel to gasoline. One Plant Operations van runs on natural gas. The reason for such a minimal number of natural gas powered vehicles is due to the length of re-fuelling, and the range of operation per fuel fill - 130km. All vehicles operated by Central Stores run on gasoline.

Solar Powered Vehicle - Midnight Sun III: Midnight Sun III is a solar car comprised of 910 solar cells. Over 120 UW students have been or are involved in the project. The car will be exhibited and be part of the Sunrayce in 1997.


Created By:The Enviro-Base Team (
Last Updated: August 9th, 1995