Transportation accounts for the second largest greenhouse gas emission category, behind energy. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has taken many steps to provide alternative transportation to and around campus, including but not limited to, bikeshare program, alternative transportation funding, and rideshare programs.
“The T” provides all UT students, staff, faculty, and visitors a safe, convenient, and free campus wide transportation service. The new fleet offers real-time GPS tracking, and front-of-vehicle bicycle racks.
The Trolley, run through Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) has free routes that go around Downtown Knoxville and campus. The Orange Line Trolley runs every 15 minutes, and is a easy way to get from campus to downtown Knoxville.
With dedicated bike lanes and sharrows on campus, coupled with an extensive Greenway System throughout the greater Knoxville area, UT is a great place to bike.
If you do not have your own bike, the University of Tennessee Outdoor Program (UTOP) allows students to rent bikes for a day, weekend, or semester all for a small fee. UTOP also hosts a bike shop in which they will help any student, staff, or faculty member repair or tune-up their bike, free of charge.
Students can also utilize Pace, the bikeshare program at UT and around Knoxville that started in March 2018. Bikes can be rented out in half hour increments, and monthly memberships are also available. Visit their website for more information.
Smart Trips ride matching and commuter incentives
Looking for a ride home? Meeting a friend at another college? Smart Trips is a free service that offers a single trip finder to get you where you need to go. Smart Trips also provides your guide to alternative and sustainable transportation needs in Knoxville and provides incentives for those that choose to walk, roll, or ride green. Sign up for free to log your sustainable transportation trips for the chance to earn $50 and $100 gift cards to local establishments like The Tomato Head or Regal Cinemas. Grand prizes include iPads, Amazon Kindles, or even a $1,500 vacation package courtesy of AAA Travel.
KAT: Knoxville Area Transit
KAT buses travel to all of Knoxville’s major retail destinations and grocery stores. For more information about bus routes and fares check out the KAT website.
Electric vehicle charging stations
UT has 19 Electric Vehicle charging stations located on campus (six by Staff Lot 23, six on the Agriculture Campus, five at the 11th Street Garage and two at Facilities Services Complex). These stations are open to students, staff, faculty, and the greater community with the goal that UT and Knoxville can work together to reduce their overall environmental impact.