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Residential Environmental Assessment Program Community Carshare Credit Exploratory Study Busch, Craig


In 2004, Campus + Community Planning, The University Neighbourhoods Association and UBC Properties Trust brought carsharing to The University of British Columbia residential neighbourhoods through a partnership with local carshare operator Modo. This was done with the aim of reducing single-occupancy vehicles traveling to and from campus, a policy that can be attributed to both the 20-Year Sustainability Strategy as well as the 2014 UBC Transportation Plan (UBC, 2014a; UBC, 2014b). The agreement between the organizations specified that carshare vehicles would be purchased by UBC Properties Trust and operated in-full by Modo. Carshare vehicles would be financed through a mandatory community carshare credit within the Residential Environmental Assessment Program, which is administered by Campus + Community Planning. Vehicles would be provided at a ratio of 1 vehicle per 125 units and dispersed throughout the Neighbourhood Housing Areas, with The University Neighbourhoods Association allocating on-street parking for the vehicles. As of April 2019, fifteen Modo vehicles have been purchased through this program and five more are scheduled to arrive. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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