Sustainable transport is about reducing our reliance on single occupant vehicles and making smart choices about other forms of transport, including car pooling, riding a motorcycle/scooter, using public transport, bicycling, and walking. We can all play a part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the quality of life for ourselves and our communities through improved health outcomes associated with active transport.
UTAS Sustainability is committed to supporting staff and students to choose sustainable transport options to access UTAS facilities.
Metro Tasmania bus services
Metro Tasmania provides services directly to all UTAS Tasmanian campuses, please see Metro timetables.
A high frequency bus service exists for staff and students travelling between the Sandy Bay campus and the Hobart CBD. For timetable information on routes 401, 402, 501 and 601 that make up this service and other Metro Services Routes, please see Metro timetables.
For Launceston's Inveresk and Newnham campuses, a high frequency bus service for staff and students travels between these campuses and the Launceston CBD. For timetable information on the routes 6, 7 and 8 which make up this service, please see Metro timetables.
Bus stop shelters have been installed at almost all University stops to make catching the bus more convenient, no matter the weather.
Metro's Greencard is a smartcard ticketing system. This simple to use system is designed to completely manage customer ticketing needs including trip validation, concession eligibility, and bus travel payments. You can register or top up your Greencard online.
Tertiary student bus fare
The tertiary student fare is available for full-time students from the year in which they turn 19 years of age and attending a Tasmanian:
- Secondary College
- Australian Technical College
Tertiary students pay a fare that is up to 50% of the full adult fare. This fare is current from 1 July 2010. Tertiary student fares are available on all buses at all times and are not restricted to just going to and from campus.
For students who are under 18 years of age or for the year in which they turn 18, a student fare applies.
Regional bus services
Cool Pool Tas UTAS Service
Carpooling is when two or more people share a ride to a common destination. You can carpool every day or only when it is convenient. Carpooling can save you money, help you connect with people in your local community, help reduce traffic congestion and accident rates, and make a difference to the environment by reducing vehicle emissions.
Cool Pool Tas, via Sustainable Living Tasmania, is a Tasmanian based website that matches carpoolers across Tasmania. The free service provides University of Tasmania staff and students with a unique members' page. UTAS staff and students have special access to search and post rides within the public domain, and/or only within the UTAS membership. Find UTAS carpoolers via the Cool Pool Tas UTAS Service.
Note that the link provided will take you to an external website. All users of the Cool Pool Tas service should refer to the Guidelines for UTAS Users, Cool Etiquette, and FAQs sections of the Cool Pool Tas website to learn how to have a safe and effective carpool experience.
The University is piloting a carpooling parking permit for staff and students at the Sandy Bay, Newnham and Inveresk campuses. Read more about pricing and applying for a carpooling permit on the Campus Services carpooling page.
Why bicycle to uni?
Bicycling is a great way to keep you and the environment healthy. All UTAS campuses have facilities available for bicyclists.
- Benefits of bicycling to work are outlined on the Bicycle Network website.
- Check out MyHealth for other ways to stay healthy.
Join a growing movement of UTAS staff and students that choose bicycling as transport option at least a few days a week.
Bicycle route maps
Local councils provide information about and maps of various bicycle routes in their areas, including to University of Tasmania facilities.
- For Hobart and surrounds, visit the greater Hobart trails site
- For Newnham and Inveresk, visit the Launceston City Council website (search 'bicycle')
- For Burnie, visit the Burnie City Council website (search 'trails')
- For Rozelle, see the Municipality of Leichhardt website.
Decide your ride
Decide your Ride is a series of bicycling videos for those interested but unsure about bicycling to and between Sandy Bay and Hobart CBD campuses.
All campuses offer a range of bicycle facilities, from standard bike racks near entrances to most buildings, to individual bike lockers at Sandy Bay, Newnham, Domain and Inveresk, and secure bike rooms at IMAS and the Medical Science Precinct in Hobart.
Bicycling facilities are currently being reviewed and efforts made to improve and add to what is currently available. Cycling facilities are marked on campus maps for Hobart, Launceston and Burnie campuses. See the campus maps page for details.
Bike lockers are available for hire on the Sandy Bay, Newnham and Domain campuses (see the above maps for locations).
On the Sandy Bay campus, eight vertical bike lockers are located on the Dobson Road side of the Morris Miller Library building and six horizontal bike lockers with electric bike charging points (standard 240V power points; user required to supply own charging cable) are located between Alexander Street and Dobson Road (across from the Engineering main entrance). There are 10 horizontal lockers available at various locations on the Newnham campus and five horizontal lockers on the Domain campus near the entrance to Nursing and Midwifery.
The cost for hire is $30 per annum. To hire a locker:
- Fill in and sign the bike locker application form (PDF 73.1KB) and email or post to Campus Services.
- Once you receive confirmation from Campus Services that your hire application is accepted, pay the hire fee at the University cashier using the cashier payment advice form (PDF 31.6KB).
- Take the cashier payment advice form to Campus Services to receive your locker key.
Bicycle parking facilities that are kept secure via access control or a manual locking mechanism must not be left open. Penalties may apply to anyone providing unauthorised access to bicycle parking areas and secured facilities.
The University does not accept any liability for damage to or theft of bicycles and related equipment. Bicycles left for long periods of time will be considered abandoned and may be removed. Enquiries relating to abandoned, removed or stolen bicycles should be directed to Security on 6226 7600 (Hobart) or 6324 3336 (Launceston and Cradle Coast).
Virtual transport refers to information and communication technologies (ICT) that provide a range of opportunities to change the way organisations do business. For universities, this includes the way we deliver some of our educational services. This is having an impact on when, why and how much our community members physically travel.
At the University of Tasmania, online learning and teaching tools are used to support on and off campus students. As the technology in this area improves and students and staff build their capacity to interact in these environments, the need for travel for some students (and staff) will continue to reduce, although the need for some face-to-face teaching and student interaction will remain important for many course offerings.
The main UTAS online learning tool is MyLo.
Many University employees are able to work remote from their traditional work places (or telecommute) at least some of the time thanks to the internet, remote access networking, portable computers, and other mobile communication technologies. This can help reduce the need for the daily journey to work, allow employees to become more flexible with their work hours and practices, and improve the capacity of staff to work while travelling (for example waiting at airports, on planes or buses).
Virtual meetings and virtual transport
Video and teleconferencing technologies and infrastructure provide increasing opportunities for the University community to meet virtually or 'transport themselves virtually' (e.g. for teaching, university business meetings, conferences) replacing the need to physically meet (and therefore travel). The University has a wide range of video conferencing options available, including cutting-edge immersive meeting rooms.