Efficiency of the Valparaiso University Crusader Transit
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of riding the Valparaiso University Crusader Transit bus versus walking in order for students to get to different locations on campus. We will test this by timing ourselves and walking to different destinations and then also taking the bus from the same starting point to the same destination. Multiple trials are included in this project, including short range, medium range, and longer range of distances on campus. This will determine how far of a distance is most effective to take the bus or if it is even effective at all, when compared to walking. Testing will also include taking the Crusader Transit at various days and times of the week to see whether the timing of the university provided transit system has a larger variation. This is important when comparing the time it takes to get to a location by walking because walking will most likely be more consistent and dependable at all days and times. To keep walking to a location more controlled, we will develop a consistent walking speed of around four and a half feet per second, which is believed to be an average walking speed. This research has significant implications for college students given their limited time to get to classes or places on campus. It will help inform students about the fastest way to get from one place to another based on time of day, day of week and distance between origin and destination.
Schneider, Lauren; Raimondi, Anna; and Klipstine, Kortney, "Efficiency of the Valparaiso University Crusader Transit" (2019). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 824.