Transportation significantly impacts our environment and air quality. University-owned vehicles, as well as employee and student commuting and air travel, account for nearly 20 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions tracked by the University. Together we can reduce the U’s emissions contribution from transportation through efforts to decrease commuting trips in single-occupant vehicles.
What the University is Doing
Commuter Services and Transit
Commuter Services manages the vehicle parking and permit program, UTA Ed Pass program, and campus shuttles. This department provides information about getting to campus, getting around campus, and a live shuttle map.
Ride Free with Your U-Card
The UTA Ed Pass is available to all students, faculty, and staff of the University. The pass includes unlimited transit access to UTA buses, TRAX, and FrontRunner, making it easy to get to campus car-free. The pass is enabled on your U-Card. Having trouble finding your route? Check out the list of trains and buses that come directly to campus!
The University supports carpooling. Learn more at Commuter Services‘ webpage.
University-Owned Vehicle Fleet
The University of Utah works to consider fuel type, fuel efficiency, emissions, and life-cycle costs in all vehicle purchases. Toward that end, the University has taken the following steps:
- Campus grounds department uses several zero-emissions electric trucks.
- The campus shuttle bus system is transitioning to compressed natural gas (CNG) and electrically-powered buses.
- Commuter Services is expanding electric vehicle charging station infrastructure (view map for locations).
- University Fleet Services is expanding its rental fleet to include electric vehicles, hybids and CNG options.
Active transportation is self-propelled, human-powered transportation such as walking, biking, and skateboarding. Active transportation encourages commuters to utilize alternatives to driving alone in accessing the University campus and helps to meet University goals in reducing energy consumption, single-occupant vehicle (SOV) commute trips, and improving air quality.
Past commuter surveys indicate approximately 40 percent of the campus population arrives by means other than driving alone, and 89 percent of survey respondents chose walking as their preferred method of transportation while on campus. The University of Utah promotes the use and benefits of active transportation by employing an Active Transportation Manager, supporting a bikeable campus through Bicycle Friendly University Certification, and hosting events to encourage more people to go by foot and bike to their destinations.
Check out the interactive Campus map for construction detours, bike parking and repair stations, and designated biking routes in and around campus. For bicycle routes outside the University boundary, see the Salt Lake City/Salt Lake County Bikeways map.
In January 2019, the university launched the Campus E-bike Program to provide university-affiliated departments with the opportunity to purchase e-bikes for employee use around campus. With no emissions, e-bikes offer a quick and easy way to get around the U’s hilly terrain during the workday. The university is partnering with to offer this discounted purchasing option. With almost 50% of Utah’s urban air pollution coming from tailpipe emissions, this program was created to help university departments reduce their carbon footprint, boost physical health and increase employee efficiency.