The campus closed at noon today due to inclement weather, but some campus services are open to students and staff.
Parking and Transit Services News
Staff parking permits for the 2014-15 academic year are now available to purchase online using payroll deduction or credit card. Employees will need to have their Net ID and password, vehicle license plate, vehicle description, and current address. Once logged in to the system, employees can follow the prompts to submit or edit information. Transactions must be completed by July 25 to receive permits by mail for use by August 1.
The campus’s Traffic and Parking Authority recently approved a revised Alternative Vehicle Policy effective July 1. This policy covers the operations of golf carts, utility vehicles, and similar vehicles and requires them to display a permit. The permit is free, will not expire, and can be easily obtained from UT Parking and Transit Services.
The campus is closed today due to inclement weather, but some campus services are open to students and employees including many Volunteer Dining locations, limited T bus service, TRECS, and the Student Aquatic Center. We will post updates here throughout the day. T Link/Access van service will operate throughout the day. Trip requests can be made by using campus Blue Phones or by calling 974-4080.
Ridership aboard the T Transit System has reached an all-time high this semester and for the system’s eleven-year history on campus. Ridership has increased this fall by 55 percent over the same period last year. That’s an increase of 96,078 passengers, primarily students. More than 269,700 passengers have used the new buses since July 1.
Students, faculty, and staff who ride two routes of the campus’s new T bus system will have the chance to start their day off with a little trivia on Friday and win some prizes. Two Prize Ride T buses will run from 8:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.—or until prizes run out—on the Hill and Neyland Express routes. Campus tour guides will conduct the trivia challenge, and Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek will ride along for the first ride of the day on the Hill route, boarding at the Science and Engineering Research Facility at 8:55 a.m. and exiting at Hodges Library.
Staff parking permits for the 2013-14 academic year are available for purchase online using payroll deduction or credit card. Current parking permits expire Wednesday, July 31. In order to receive your new permit via campus mail prior to August 1, online transactions must be completed by Friday, July 26.
On July 1, the campus will no longer be towing vehicles, but will begin installing wheel locks in the majority of cases. Towing was mostly confined to vehicles whose owners had multiple unpaid parking and traffic fines. Wheel locks now will be used to temporarily disable these vehicles until the owner pays previous unpaid fines. The locks also may be used if an enforcement officer notices that a driver is using a stolen or counterfeited handicapped parking permit.
The Knoxville News Sentinel took a tour of the campus’s new transit buses, which feature GPS tracking and USB charging stations, and run on the highest level of biodiesel fuel, decreasing the amount of soot emissions into the atmosphere. The newspaper spoke with Jake Baker, Student Government Association president, and Mark Hairr, Parking and Transit Services director, about what the new transit system means to campus.
The campus has a brand new fleet of transit buses. The buses began serving the campus over the weekend, operating on the summer route schedule. The new fleet of campus buses, which will continue using the name “the T,” included twenty vehicles sporting the university’s school colors, a checkerboard pattern, and Smokey.