Transportation impacts from University-owned vehicles as well as employee and student commuting and air travel accounts for nearly 40% of the total greenhouse gas emissions for the University of Utah. An estimated 34% of the campus population commutes via mass transit, walking, or bicycling. With our universal transit pass or Ed Pass, all students, faculty, and staff of the University have unlimited transit access to the entire UTA regional transit network (excluding the ski buses), so it's easy to get to campus car free. The U's Climate Action Plan calls for a combination of direct reduction and mitigation efforts to help achieve a 100% reduction in net carbon emissions from transportation by 2050.
Commuter Services on campus manages the UTA Ed Pass program, the campus shuttles, and bicycle programs and facilities such as bicycle racks. They provide information about getting to campus, getting around campus, shuttle schedules, and bicycling. They also have information on the U Rideshare program and Enterprise Car Share, which has several vehicles available on campus.
The University of Utah has a goal to consider fuel type, fuel efficiency, emissions, and life-cycle costs in all vehicle purchasing decisions. Landscape Maintenance recently purchased three electric vehicles to replace trucks using gasoline. The campus shuttle bus system has a goal to replace two standard sized diesel-powered buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) powered buses annually. This has a significant impact on air quality in our region.