With the new University Commons retail complex now open, our campus community has more local shopping options. We also now have the option of getting there by taking the Vol Line free trolley. The Walmart opened earlier this month and the development’s other anchor tenant—Publix—opens Thursday.
Knoxville Area Transit is proposing an extension of the Vol Line Trolley to serve the new Wal-Mart and Publix at University Commons when the development opens at the end of July. The proposal, along with minor adjustments to other routes, will be voted on by the Knoxville Transportation Authority at their regular meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street.
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.
UT’s Parking and Transit Services unit is conducting a campus transit study to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the current campus transit system, The T, and recommendations to enhance the system in a cost-effective manner. The campus is encouraged to stop by a transit study outreach event from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, on the first floor of the University Center near the Bookstore.