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Figure 1 08 Fall Commuter Project: Final Report Section:005 Team Number: 2 Team Members: Rachel Pereira Kyle Secrist Andrea Baffes Cyrus Sutaria
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Picture 2 Current Conditions The current commuter system along with the layout of Purdue University has several problems. The aspects of the commuter system include the City Bus, bike paths, parking lots, sidewalks, the tunnels and State Street. Starting with city bus, some of the issues that go along with it are the human traffic on the bus. For example, the buses get very crowded during certain times of the day, like around two o’clock when classes get out. The reason that this needs to be addressed is because when winter comes, bikes and walking would no longer be a sufficient form of transportation. Limitations that go along with city bus are the budget that it has. According gocitybus.com, the annual budget for city bus is 10.1 million, which is spread over ten groups like wages. Another part that we need to consider is the fact that city bus is nonprofit and completely funded for by fares, federal, state and taxes. Other aspects of city bus includes the routes that each of the buses take and with only 70 buses, the routes and timing for each have to be efficient. The next aspect of the commuter system that we would like to address is the bike path. Some paths run right through sidewalks and they are not all clearly defined. Most other parts of campus lack a path all together that causes riders to inflict on the space of other transportation like cars or the side walks of walkers. The issues that go along with parking garages are a matter of cost and space. Like we learned in class, one spot is approximately $10,000 and the garage itself has a life span of only 30 years. Not only do they have high maintenance costs, but also they take up prime realty on campus. Next, the underground tunnel system is something that could be improved. We are very limited to the changes we could make to them because of all the utilities all run underground. The system that currently exists only links a few buildings. The picture below from, agecon.purdue.edu, depicts the current system. The last aspect of
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the commuter system is the divider of south and north campus. State St. runs right through the middle of campus and contains a lot of traffic. Not only that but it creates a divide of the two campuses. Scope of Our Ideas The main things that we want to focus on are the city bus and the traffic that comes along with that, the sidewalks and bike paths, finding an alternate form of transportation, the division of State St., and the parking garages. We want improve the routes that it goes on so it s time efficient while lessening the traffic of students on the bus at any given time. Some improvements we would like to make are to make it so bikers and walkers could fit on one path. An example of that would to maybe widen the sidewalks and clearly define the division of the bike path to the sidewalk. Some alternate forms of transportation that we
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course ENGINEERIN 131 taught by Professor Karnes during the Spring '11 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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