I was just browsing the UNC Health Care System employees CONNECTIONS - Special Transportation, Parking and Construction Issue. Yeah, I know.
UNC is in the midst of a Capital building boom that is just remarkable. My wife hates it, she grew up here and thinks there just isn't enough open space left. I agree to some extent, once again I think the hospitals and research buildings should be a minimum of 11 stories high with greenspace between stuffed with live oaks, magnolias, and lawn space.
Still, as a scientist, I know that UNC is expanding because its world-leading research is expanding. The two go hand in hand. Along with that expansion has come a change in travel, which I think is a good thing. UNC is moving all of its parking off campus, face it, you won't be able to park on campus in another 50 years. This leads to good and bad.
* one-level parking lots throughout the county.
* Chapel Hill transit is free.
* As of 2007, TTA will be free for all SoM employees.
That is a great byproduct. It means that more people will do what I did and switch to riding the bus to and from work. That cuts down on single-passenger emissions and will inevitably lead to MORe transit down the line.