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Title: Traffic characteristics of car parks in NTU campus
Authors: Lim, Cher Xin Yi.
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Civil engineering::Transportation
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Although there have been several parking studies done in Singapore, there is no record of such studies that are done for the NTU campus. This report titled: “Traffic characteristics of car parks in NTU campus” summarizes the parking pattern of car parks in the NTU campus. It covers how the student, along with her partner, collaborates with the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (OFPM) to get the necessary data for this report. Furthermore, they have to come up with methods to breakdown each component of the data and put them to good use during analysis. A total of 14 car parks were selected for this parking study and the objectives of this study are to find out the reasons why some car parks are more utilized than the others and also the relationship between the utilization of car parks with the population of staff and students in NTU. Furthermore, the reasons for illegal parking would have to be found out. The results of the analysis of all the car park data suggested that there are a few components as to why some car parks are more utilized that the others. One of the main reasons is whether the car park is a fee charging car park or a free one. It is understandable and is human nature that people would want to park for free than for a fee. Hence car parks like car park A and car park B (fee charging) would not be fully utilized (utilization less than 100%) when compared to free car parks like car parks C, D and E (utilization greater than 100%). But other than monetary reason, location also plays an important part when car users choose a car park. Being able to reach their destinations with ease and convenience is one of the reasons why people choose to drive hence, when choosing a car park, it’s location must be near to where car users want to go. Therefore, car parks at a good location would be more utilized. Furthermore, the result of analysis also tells us that highly utilized car parks are usually located at places where there are more staff and students. With the population of staff and students increases, the number of car users also increases, therefore accounting for some of the car parks being more utilized. This is evident when comparing car parks from the North Spine of the campus with those from the South Spine. North Spine, comparing to the South Spine, having more Schools, Labs and offices in general will have more staff and students and therefore there will be more car users. Car parks at the North Spine will then be relatively more utilized then those at the South Spine. Constant visits to all selected car parks to see whether there are any illegal parking is needed. From the results, illegal parking can be seen in highly utilized car parks like C, D and E while there is no illegal parking seen in the rest of the underutilized car parks. Some recommendations were introduced to alleviate the problem of illegal parking in the campus. Firstly, we can lower the parking charges for fee charging car parks. With lowered parking fee, car users would most probably choose to park in the fee charging car parks. Secondly, we can start imposing charges for free car parks as this can reduce the number of car users from parking in over utilized car parks. Thirdly, by lowering the barrier gate, we can stop cars from entering car parks which are already full and hence effectively reduce the number of illegal parking. Considering that there are still a large amount of car parks which are underutilized, building more car parks would not be an effective solution to alleviate illegal parking problem. This would not be environmentally friendly also as the generation of more car parks might encourage more car users.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
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