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 an easy way to get from campus to downtown Knoxville.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
UT has 4 areas of 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). Students, faculty, staff, and visitors can use these stations by obtaining a permit with Parking & Transit.View Charging Stations
Bike racks are available all over campus for use. All bicycles parked on campus must be registered and must display a current UT Bicycle Parking Permit with UT Parking & Transit Services.View Bike Rack Locations
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.
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.
LINK Electric Scooters
LINK Scooters get you around Knoxville quickly when you don’t need or have access to a bike or a car. They can be rented by downloading one of the apps from your device’s app store and creating an account. The app will show you where the closest scooters are to you, where you can park, and where you are allowed to ride.
Alternative Fuel Station Locator Tennessee
The US Department of Energy provides station locator maps to locate EV Charging stations in the Knoxville area and beyond.