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Transport options and initiatives

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.

Carpooling is an arrangement between two or more people to share a ride to a common destination. 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.

The university encourages staff and students to consider carpooling rather than travelling in a single occupant vehicle. Enquiries can be made about special arrangements for parking at transport.utas@utas.edu.au.

Bus services to all Tasmanian campuses are available with Metro Tasmania. Metro timetables include high frequency services in Hobart (401, 402, 501 and 601) and Launceston (6, 7 and 8). University full time students are eligible for concession fares; either present student ID on the bus or when you purchase a Metro GreenCard.

Tassielink and Redline provide bus services between Tasmania's regional centres.

Bus stop shelters have been installed at almost all University stops to make catching the bus more convenient no matter the weather.

New electric car charging stations are being installed at the Sandy Bay, Newnham and Cradle Coast campuses. These stations will be available for private cars. Campus maps will be updated with the location of the new stations once installed.

Electric bike charging stations are available in all bike hubs. Some bike hubs have publicly accessible power points.

All campuses have facilities available for cyclists, including some or all of bicycle parking (racks and lockers for hire free of charge), electric bike charging, bike repair stations, showers and water refill stations. See the campus maps for details about what is available at each campus.

Decide your Ride is a series of videos showing safe and 'bikeable' routes to and between Sandy Bay and Hobart CBD campuses, and Newnham and Inveresk campuses.

Local councils and organisations provide information and maps for bicycle routes in their areas, including to University of Tasmania facilities.  

The University has run ‘Ride2Uni’ (as part of ‘Ride2Work’ day celebrations) in past years and we will endeavour to continue to do so or partner into larger community events. Keep an eye on the Sustainability Bulletin.

Staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of walking paths around campus grounds and the surrounding areas.

Walking resources such as why walk, getting started, stretching, footwear and foot care, pedometers and more are available at Just Start Walking. Walk Score will give you an idea of the walkability of various University facilities and campuses.

Local councils and organisations provide information and maps for various walking routes in their areas, including to UTAS.

Virtual transport refers to information and communication technologies (ICT) that allow people to communicate virtually. Staff and students have access to virtual communication options that allow them to connect in real time across physical distances.

  • The main University online learning tool, MyLO, supports on and off campus students, although the need for some face-to-face teaching and student interaction remains important.
  • Many University staff have the option to telecommute (work remotely), through remote access networking (via ‘MyVPN’), portable computers, and other mobile communication technologies.
  • The University has a wide range of teleconferencing and video conferencing options, including cutting-edge immersive meeting rooms, allowing the University community to meet virtually (e.g., for teaching, university business meetings, conferences).