Mobility Framework

Applying the Campus Mobility Principles

Princeton's beautiful and historic campus brings people together to exchange ideas and share their knowledge. However, technology and campus growth impacts how people navigate this space. Walking, horsecarts, wheelchairs, bikes, trains, automobiles, trucks, buses, golf carts, carshare, bikeshare —Princeton has seen many forms of transportation over the decades.

The guiding principles developed through Princeton's Campus Mobility Framework helps the University plan how people move about the campus today and into the future. 

Princeton's 2019-2020 Campus Mobility Framework



Advisory Committee

A large group of students, staff, and faculty have given their time and expertise as part of the Transportation Advisory Council (TAC).

TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL FACULTY & STAFF Name Office Amy Lewis Bristol Office of the Provost AnneMarie Luijendijk Department of Religion and Wilson College Christian Knoebel Communications Carol S. Kondrach Information Technology Daina L. Wilpon Firestone Library Devin Livi Facilities Operations Dorian A. Johnson Housing and Real Estate Services Elisabeth H. Donahue Woodrow Wilson School Elizabeth L. Colagiuri Office of the Dean of the College J. Nicole Shelton Department of Psychology and Butler Col


What is the state of mobility on campus?

Read The Current State Report

The first step of the Campus Mobility Framework was an analysis of mobility at Princeton University, completed in Fall 2019.

Pedestrians, bikers, buses, trucks, vans, golf carts - Princeton's people get around campus in all different ways. Discover what we found when we counted pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic at some key campus spots over the span of an entire week day in October 2019.


What to consider when designing the next generation of campus mobility?

Read the Choices Report

The second element of the Campus Mobility Framework establishes choices for the Princeton community to consider as it designs the next generation of TigerTransit and campus mobility.

The consultant team guided the TAC through a transit planning exercise where groups designed a bus network for 'Ivy University', a make-believe campus. What's the best way to provide transportation to a campus? Is it frequent service to the densest areas, or spreading out buses to make sure every building has some service even if it means the buses come only once an hour?

To give our broader campus community a voice in this process, we conducted a campus-wide survey that generated more than 2,000 responses. In addition, more than 500 individuals visited our open house to give feedback on the plan in progress, test out an e-bike and explore inside an electric bus.


How can Princeton improve mobility on campus? 

Read the Recommendations Report

The third and final element establishes the ten Campus Mobility Principles and recommendations for new mobility services including a new Tiger Transit network.

In addition to the guiding principles, the Framework includes strategies for providing mobility services such as transit, bikeshare, and making sure University students and other travelers on campus have the information they need to get where they want to go.

Based on these guidelines, consultants and University administrative staff collaborated to develop new services for TigerTransit and launched several projects to evaluate the campus' bike and pedestrian resources.

Man runs in painted bike and pedestrian lane on road.

When asked about the most important mobility improvements the campus can make, students were united—over 70% said they wanted it to be easier to walk and bike from their residences. Following the new mobility principles, the University has begun to establish "advisory lanes" between campus and nearby campus residences to expand the footprint for bikes and pedestrians.