Commuting Survey

2020 Commuter Survey

Read the full report here: 2020 SU Commuter Survey Report



In 1995, the Seattle University Transportation Management Program (TMP) was established in accordance with city requirements to help alleviate traffic associated with increased growth. A survey of commuting habits was conducted for the Seattle University community. In 2001 and 2007, campus-wide surveys were completed to understand how transportation habits may have changed since the implementation of the TMP.

Since the 2007 survey, Seattle has experienced rapid population and economic growth, which has been accompanied by increasing traffic congestion as well as new public transportation options.

A new follow-up survey was conducted in November 2016 and again in February 2020 in order to (1) gather an idea of how these factors may have changed the commuting habits of Seattle University community members; (2) obtain data to estimate SU’s carbon footprint for commuters; (3) identify new sustainability initiatives on campus related to commuting; and (4) support the Department of Transportation in its planning.

The 2020 survey was developed by CEJS, Public Safety, and Facilities. It was conducted campus-wide in February 2020 (pre-COVID pandemic) with a response rate of 19% (13% of all students, 32% of all faculty, and 56% of all staff responded to the survey). the survey was analyzed by CEJS in Fall 2020. Please consult the 2016 and 2020 survey reports here:

For any questions about the survey, please contact Yolanda Cieters at