Because of rapidly increasing enrollment at Kennesaw State University (KSU), campus expansion and the fact that 85% of the student body are commuters, necessitated evaluation of alternative methods for accessibility to and circulation around the campus. In spring 2011, a campus shuttle was put into limited service to address a portion of the transportation needs. With the shuttle service providing some travel relief, the decision was made to study the implementation of an expanded service. Croy Engineering was selected to lead the Transit Feasibility Study, whose primary objective was to develop an Action Plan for the shuttle components that would need to be put into place to help address campus travel issues at a five year and a 10 year horizon.
Study efforts included:
- Establishing a Steering Committees that represented KSU’s diverse groups that make up the KSU community to help establish operating criteria to address their respective group’s specific travel requirements.
- Forming a Stakeholders Committee to represent the non-university interests in the regional activity center where KSU is located. These groups helped establish coordinated plans for interfacing with local and regional transit systems.
- Potential routes were developed to address the shuttle connectivity to the expanding campus, off-site student housing, and newly created remote parking lots.
- Estimates of travel time and projected number of vehicles needed to maintain desired headways were developed.
- Operating costs were projected to meet the anticipated levels of service.
- Action Plans were prepared for eventual implementation by KSU.