SDG 11.4.1: IUL measures and sets targets for more sustainable commuting

IUL measures and establishes the amount of trips to find strategies to make these trips more sustainable. 

Number of cars actively used and managed by the University 

There are 3 cars used and managed by the university in Wardanieh campus, these cars are used for the shuttle service of the students. 

Number of cars entering the university daily 

All vehicles entering the Wardanieh campus should have tags with university logo. These tags are available for students, professors (fulltime and part time) and administrative staff who want to access the university with their cars. The number of cars having university tags is up to 235 cars. The percentage of cars with tags entering daily the campus is around 80% from the total cars. 

Therefore, the average total number of cars entering daily the university is about 188 cars (235*0.8). 

Number of motorcycles entering the university daily 

The average number of motorcycles entering the university daily is about 15 motorcycles. 

Shuttle services 

The shuttle service from Khaldeh campus, Saida old city and from Saida-Beyrouth highway to Wardanieh campus, is available regularly and without any charge for all students, professors and employees. 

Number of shuttles operated in IUL University 

There are two types of shuttles to transport students, professors and employees: 

  • Three shuttle buses owned by IUL University. 
  • Four shuttle buses operated by a transportation company, having a contract with the university to transport students. 

Therefore, the total numbers of shuttle buses are 7. 

Average number of passengers of each shuttle 

The capacity of each shuttle bus is about 20 passengers. 

Total trips of shuttle services each day 

For each working day, there are:  

  • 6 daily trips to transport passengers from Khaldeh campus to Wardanieh campus. 
  • 6 daily trips to return back passengers from Wardanieh campus to Khaldeh campus. 
  • 15 daily trips from Wardanieh campus to Beirut-Saida highway. 
  • 15 daily trips from Beirut-Saida highway to Wardanieh campus. 
  • One daily trip from Saida old city to Wardanieh campus. 
  • One daily trip from Wardanieh campus to Saida old city. 

Totally, the number of daily shuttle service trips is up to 44 trips 

IUL has adopted a plan to improve transportation and make it sustainable, reducing congestion and pollution and to improve air quality by ensuring free transportation for IUL students, securing spots in its parking lot for private buses, and prioritizing pedestrian access in campus because all students can access all buildings and can move between buildings without any means of transportation. It is worth mentioning that the university has its own means of transportation to transport students to and from the university for free. Free transport insurance is a relevant measure to improve air quality and reduce pollution. 

The buses have several starting points to organize the process. However, some students prefer to use private buses. IUL encourages those practices by securing spots in its parking lot for those buses. 

IUL aims at prioritizing pedestrian access on campus. For this reason, IUL’s Wardenieh campus is completely accessible on foot. In other words, all students can access all buildings and can move between buildings without any means of transportation.