Comprehensive Parking and Transportation Strategy

Improving the movement of people at RIT’s campus through a comprehensive parking, transportation and campus design strategy.

Rochester Institute of Technology, founded in 1829 as The Rochester Athenaeum, has grown to become one of the nation’s largest private universities with a total enrollment approaching 16,000 students. The Institute relocated from downtown Rochester to suburban Henrietta Township in 1968, and its new campus achieved international acclaim for its landscape and building design and for the collaboration of several renowned architectural and landscape design firms in creating the new campus. The campus located on 1300 acres is bounded by Jefferson Road, Bailey Road, John Street and East River Road on the North, South, East and West respectively. RIT has 238 buildings comprising 5.4 million square feet.

The following outlines various steps in this initiative:

Based on the feedback received to date, evaluation and assessment of existing conditions and future conditions, the following Strategy Goals have been developed.


  • Develop a comprehensive circulation system
  • Support the vision, mission and strategic plan of the University
  • Promote sustainability
  • Provide a menu of travel options
  • Provide parking for those groups for whom no reasonable alternative to driving exists
  • Make RIT a walkable & multi-modal community
  • Make campus walkable in all seasons
  • Promote travel demand management (TDM)

On behalf of the Steering Committee, we would like to acknowledge and thank everyone that has contributed to this effort. If you have any additional thoughts on this initiative or did not have an opportunity to attend the recent community meetings, please feel free to send additional feedback to All information received will be forwarded to the national consultant team and the Steering Committee.