There has never been a better time to break the expensive, unhealthy, polluting habit of driving alone. Consider these fun, lower-cost, health-promoting, planet-friendly alternatives for getting around. Anyone who regularly bikes, buses, carpools, or vanpools can register for the free Guaranteed Ride Home program providing 80% of the cost of an emergency taxi ride home up to four times per year!
TARC can ease your daily commute or relieve the stress of traffic and parking when you have an appointment to get to or an errand to run.
Don't waste time and money driving! On a TARC bus, you can study, get work done, text, play games, listen to music, chat with friends and neighbors, or just relax. TARC's new eTran commuter shuttles even feature free onboard wi-fi and outlets for charging mobile devices.
Route 2 - direct service between Belknap campus, the airport, and downtown.
Route 4 - direct service to Belknap campus from downtown and south Louisville (Beechmont, Kenwood, Glengarry, and Louisville Industrial Center).
Route 18 - rapid, frequent shuttle service between Belknap campus and the Health Sciences Center, as well as Shively, Valley Station, Dixie Hwy, and Okolona.
Route 29 - direct service to Belknap campus along Eastern Pkwy from Oxmoor Center, the Highlands, and Shively.
Use your UofL ID to check out a bike, helmet, and lock for free for the day! Bikes are available each day first-come, first-served at: • Student Rec Center equipment desk • Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym •Residence Halls on 4th Street: Community Park, Kurz Hall, Bettie Johnson Hall (not just for residents!) • Simply sign a waiver form and return the bike before the end of the day/weekend. • Those who check out bikes are responsible for any theft, loss, or
damage, so be sure to use the u-lock to securely lock the bike (frame
and wheel!) any time you enter a building.
Earn-A-Bike Program: Forgo a parking permit for at least two years and earn a $400 bike shop voucher! • UofL
students, faculty or staff who are willing to waive the right to a UofL
parking permit for at least two years are eligible to receive a
$400 voucher to an area bike shop! • Applications for the program are accepted through the end of the first week of classes each Fall. • Vouchers are non-transferable and have no cash value, but can be used to purchase a bike or fix one up and equip it for year-round commuting with helmet, lock, lights, rack, bags, basket, clothing, tools, spare parts, etc. • Full details and application here.
Live too far away to walk, bike or take the bus? Don't drive alone! Many people near you are also headed to UofL, so consider sharing the ride with your neighbors. You'll save money, build community, reduce pollution, ease traffic congestion, and reduce parking problems for everyone! Use this handy calculator to see how much you'll save! Check out the UofL CARpooling webpage for details about getting special carpool parking permits.
Vanpools are groups of 7‐15 people that commute to and from work in a vehicle provided and maintained by Ticket To Ride.
UofL is actively seeking to form Vanpools from: Southern Indiana, Shelby County, Hardin
County, Oldham County, Eastern Jefferson County and Bullitt County.
Eligible vanpoolers include anyone who is willing to share a ride, works fairly regular hours and drives at least 30 miles roundtrip to their worksite.
Vanpool drivers are volunteers who are part of the commute. In exchange for driving, they receive credit for the days they drive. If a driver drives 75% or more of the commuting days per month, they receive their commute for free. Drivers are responsible for completing and submitting monthly paperwork to Ticket To Ride, making sure the vehicle is maintained and coordinating with Ticket To Ride staff, as needed. Drivers must be at least 25 years old and approved by the vanpool insurance provider.
Vanpool passengers pay a monthly fare based on three operating costs (maintenance, insurance and fuel) which are then divided by the number of passengers. Insurance is $150/month/vehicle, maintenance is $0.21/mile/month and fuel costs are charged to a fleet credit card provided to the driver. Sample Vanpool Fares:
Average Daily Roundtrip Mileage
Average Daily Fare
Bardstown Road & I‐265
Blankenbaker Pkwy & I‐64
*Fare estimates based on 8 paying passengers, 21 commuting days and fuel priced at $3.60/gallon.
Questions? Contact Kelly Tyra, Ticket to Ride Program Manager at 502-267-5400 extension 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Why bring your own car to campus when you can borrow ours?! With UofL Car-Share by Enterprise, you can reserve one of
our fuel-efficient vehicles online and pay a low hourly or overnight
rate that includes gas and insurance. Read more.
Available to all UofL students and employees over 18 with a valid driver's license.
Reserve a specific car parked on campus and access it using your membership card.
$35 annual membership fee for students (all of which can be applied to usage fees).
$10 one-time application fee for employees (set up a personal or professional profile tied to your university credit card)
Employees who must drive to meetings or other one-day trips are encouraged to use UofL Car-share and charge it to the sponsoring department rather than their driving their own vehicles. This option typically costs the university less than reimbursing employees for mileage on personal vehicles and it takes the liability off the individual.
Beginning Spring 2014: Miller Trailways will be offering a new Campus Connector service with direct daily departures to Frankfort and Lexington from UofL's Belknap campus on coaches equipped with wi-fi and at-seat plug ins!
The service will depart UofL from Cardinal Blvd. & 2nd Street daily
at 6:30am, 10:25am and 7:00pm. The service will depart Lexington daily
at 9:00am, 4:00pm and 10:15pm. Those leaving from downtown or HSC will continue to be able to catch the bus from the station at 720 W Muhammad Ali
Blvd. as has been available for years. Book here.
Miller also offers fantastic regional service from downtown Louisville (720 W Muhammad Ali
Blvd.) to cities and towns throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, including Campus
Connector service with stops at Indiana University, IUPUI, Ball State,
Indiana State University, Vincennes University, Valparaiso University
and Ohio State University. Book here.
Headed to a conference, meeting, or other trip for university business? Flying is the most polluting, carbon-intensive option. It's also the least comfortable with the most security hassles. On a per-passenger-mile basis, flying causes five to ten times more pollution compared to ground-based means of travel. Consider these lower-impact, less sardine-like options:
Carpool! It's free and easy to find or offer rides to events through UofL's online Zimride ride-sharing system!
Take the Bus! - Greyhound offers connections from Louisville (720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.) to over 3,000 cities throughout North America. Book here. - Megabus offers low-cost express service from Louisville (southwest corner of W Liberty St and S 5th St.) to over 120 cities across North America for as low as $1 with free wi-fi, at-seat plug ins, and panoramic windows. Daily southbound departures for Nashville and northbound departures for Indianapolis/Chicago. Book here. - Miller Trailways offers fantastic regional service from Louisville (720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.) to cities and towns throughout Kentucky (including Frankfort & Lexington), Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, as well as Campus Connector service with stops at Indiana University, IUPUI, Ball State, Indiana State University, Vincennes University, Valparaiso University and Ohio State University. **COMING SPRING 2014: Miller will be offering a new Campus Connector service with direct daily departures to Frankfort and Lexington from UofL's Belknap campus on coaches equipped with wi-fi and at-seat plug ins! The service will depart UofL from Cardinal Blvd. & 2nd Street daily at 6:30am, 10:25am and 7:00pm. The service will depart Lexington daily at 9:00am, 4:00pm and 10:15pm. Book here.
Take the Train! Efficient, comfortable Amtrak trains depart from Indianapolis (north/west-bound) and Cincinnati (east-bound), and you can book bus connector service from Louisville directly through Amtrak. Book your train trip here.
Anyone can ride these and all TARC routes FREE by presenting a valid UofL ID to the driver.
Belknap-HSC Shuttle: TARCRoute 18 provides frequent shuttle service between UofL's two main campuses with just 10-15 minutes between buses! Route 18 also provides direct, frequent service to both UofL campuses from Shively, Valley Station, Dixie Hwy, and Okolona/Preston Hwy.
"I work on HSC and have taken the #18
to get to classes or meetings on Belknap, and it has been a breeze in both directions. I really appreciate having this option available, as previously I had been driving. Since the bus comes so
often, I don't even check the schedule anymore." - Diana
Pantalos, UofL Metabolic
Belknap-Arena Shuttle:Take TARC to the game! TARC operates a shuttle
service from Belknap Campus to the KFC Yum! Center for men's and women's
basketball games. The shuttle is free to UofL students and employees
with UofL ID. The Route 4 shuttle will pick up passengers at the bus shelter at Fourth & Brandeis streets by Louisville Hall and drop them off near the corner of 2nd & Market streets. The return shuttle will pick up passengers at the corner of 5th & Jefferson streets until 11:30pm. Shuttle map. Shuttle schedule.
To gauge progress, in Spring 2013, the Sustainability Council conducted a newly revised UofL Transportation Alternatives survey. The results of that survey are still being analyzed and will be posted here when available.
“We will know we have made a lot of progress when you see people jogging on campus and riding their bikes.” -
President Ramsey 2002
New 65X Sellersburg Express route starts Jan. 27, 2014. To help ease traffic congestion during Ohio River Bridges Project construction, TARC will begin operating an I-65 express route connecting Sellersburg, IN and downtown Louisville. Route 65X will be free to anyone with UofL ID and will feature TARC's new eTran commuter coaches, designed to provide a more comfortable, productive ride, and offering free wi-fi onboard, outlets for charging mobile devices, and overhead storage. Commuters from Indiana can use a park & ride lot at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, 11 miles north of downtown just off Exit 9 on I-65. In downtown Louisville, the route will make several stops for connections to other TARC routes, and access to central business and medical center locations, including a stop on UofL's Health Sciences Campus at Chestnut & Jackson. The service will provide four morning and four afternoon round trips. Full details.
In late fall 2013, in consultation with UofL, Metro Louisville completed the installation of two new bike routes connecting Belknap campus to downtown: 1. The route to UofL's Health Sciences Center was completed with a new bike lane and shared-lane markings on Floyd Street, jogging over to the recently installed bike facilities on Brook & 1st Streets via College Street. 2. A new route has been installed to connect the northwestern edge of Belknap campus to downtown, featuring new bike lanes and shared-lane markings on W. Gaulbert Ave. and 6th and 7th Streets north to Market St.
On October 18th, 2013 UofL opened its new LEED Gold Student Recreation Center, including ample bike parking and new traffic-calming measures and a new mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on 4th Street.
In Fall 2013, the Sustainability Council continued working to implement our Bicycle Master Plan, which includes designated pathways through Belknap campus to help reduce potential bike-pedestrian conflicts as we increase bike traffic on campus. We began by widening the path at one bottleneck point between Lutz Hall and Schneider Hall and by installing some markings as a pilot trial on a few priority routes. All routes are designed to be two-way. The effort is intended to give everyone some guidance about how to share the pathways, to designate some priority through-routes for bikes, and to give pedestrians a signal that they share the paths with faster-moving bicycles. On campus pathways, cyclists are encouraged to moderate speed, signal when passing, and always yield to pedestrians, no matter where they are.
Summer sees progress for campus cyclists (UofL Today, Aug. 21, 2013) Just in time for the new 2013-14 academic year, lots of great things
are happening around campus to make bicycling easier, safer, and more
accessible for everyone! 1. New bike
lanes north-bound from Belknap campus: After two years of advocacy and
community meetings organized by UofL, Metro government has just installed newbike lanes on Brook and 1st
Streets through Old Louisville, providing Belknap campus with our first ever
north-bound bike facility and providing improved connectivity with Health
Sciences! The lanes run from Cardinal to College Street and the city has plans
to complete the connectivity to HSC, but even now it’s a fairly safe,
low-traffic connection from there. 2. Expanded UofL Bikeshare
Program: The Sustainability Council has worked with UofL Housing over
the summer to expand our bikeshare program considerably! Nine newly restored
bikes (with fenders, basket, and lock) have been added to our campus bikeshare
fleet and are now available for daily free check-out by any employee or student
from the front desks of three residence halls along 4th Street:
Community Park, Kurz Hall, and Bettie Johnson Hall. These bikes used to be
available for residents only, but are now available to anyone at UofL! These
bikes can be of particular help to folks on the northwest side of Belknap
campus who want to get across campus, across town, or just to pop over to the
new GHN Employee Wellness Center on the opposite end of campus. 3.
from flat tires? The Sustainability Council is now stocking pre-glued tube
patches at all five of our Bike Fix-It Stations, which
offer 24-hour access to basic tools and a pump on campus (at Humanities,
SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and HSC
Kornhauser plaza)! For help with repairs, scan the QR code on the Fixit to view
detailed instructions, or download the Bike Repair
App for iPhone. 4.
facilities! Our interactive UofL Bike Parking Map has been
updated to include the three new bike check-out locations and our new bike
racks installed over the summer at several locations on Belknap and HSC. The
map also indicates the Fix-it Station locations. You can also find bike lanes,
paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the Louisville
Bike Map (pdf) which now includes a UofL campus inset! 5. Foremen
on two wheels: The Sustainability Council has recently equipped six Physical
Plant foremen and two Parking Officers with work bikes for getting around
campus instead of golf carts or other polluting, unhealthy, motorized vehicles. 6.
Promoters on three wheels: Over the summer, the Sustainability Council equipped
the Office of Health Promotion with an industrial tricycle for use by health advocates
in hauling items across campus and raising awareness at campus events.
TARC changes affect routes around UofL. On June 9, 2013 TARC made several route changes
that mostly improve service to UofL. When the proposed changes were
announced, UofL collected student and employee comments about the
proposals and submitted them in March. It was generally agreed that the impact on
UofL will be a mixed bag, but more positive overall: • Revising Route 2 to now go down 3rd St.
(instead of Preston) will be a huge benefit to UofL, providing new
service directly to Belknap, with direct connections from Belknap (at
Eastern Pkwy and along 3rd) to the airport, Old Louisville, and
downtown! • Removing the Medical Center loop from Route 4 will
leave UofL with only one route (18) providing direct connections
between Belknap and HSC (though Route 18 is already a more direct,
preferable connection for that purpose, unless, perhaps, you’re trying
to get from the 4th St. area to HSC) and will reduce the bus options for
folks trying to get from one part of HSC to another (though most of
those needs are covered by other services, such as Route 52). • The changes to Route 18
will result in minor reductions in the frequency of service, but a new
direct connection between UofL (both HSC and Belknap) and two major
employers, UPS Worlport and Ford Motor Co.
On May 20th, 2013, after two years of UofL advocating for such investment, Louisville Mayor Fischer released his 2013-14 budget proposal, including $300,000 to fund bike infrastructure connecting Belknap Campus with downtown! The proposal is for 28 miles of new bike lanes, including "$300,000 for restriping roads to allow bike lanes, primarily between the University of Louisville Belknap Campus and downtown." See the Old Louisville Bike Network map here.
In March 2013, UofL made pedestrian safety improvements to the Second Street alley and sidewalk area behind the Speed Museum parking garage by installing traffic-calming bollards and and gate, as well as the first separately designated pedestrian and bicycle/service vehicle lanes on any campus paths or alleys. In accordance with UofL's Bicycle Master Plan, the university will be installing more such improvements on campus corridors to improve pedestrian and cyclists safety.
Willing to ditch your car? UofL wants to reward you! Check out our new Earn-A-Bike Program: Forgo a parking permit for at least two years and earn a $400 bike shop voucher! Applications accepted through the first week of Fall classes each year.Read story.
In August 2012, the Sustainability Council installed 66 new bike racks (432 bike spaces) at numerous locations around Belknap campus (see our Interactive UofL Bike Parking Map), as well as five Bike Fix-It Stations with basic tools and a pump (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and HSC Kornhauser plaza). - For help with repairs scan the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the Fixit to view detailed instructions on your smart phone. These much-needed improvements were funded through our Climate Action Plan. Learn more.
UofL collected and submitted comments on possible changes to and elimination of TARC routes, with success in preserving eastern portion of service on the #29 route.
In May 2012, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) proposed changes to or elimination of several of its routes, including nine
express routes, effective July 1, 2012. The proposed changes included
shortening the #29 route
that runs through Belknap Campus on Eastern Parkway so that it would end
near Bardstown Road and Cherokee Park rather than at Oxmoor Center on
Shelbyville Road. This change will not be made due to a strong response from the public. TARC also proposed a change to the #18 route
that serves both Belknap and HSC which would eliminate its
selected-trips service to the Camp Taylor area. Unfortunately, this change will take place. UofL submitted a
response to TARC explaining how these changes will negatively affect faculty, staff and students
who rely on these
routes, and from those who use other possibly affected routes. More info here. Details on final changes available here.
Location: Crawford Gym, Room 15 April 3 - May 8, 2012: Fridays, 11:00 a.m. July 6 - August 10, 2012: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. August 2 - November 6, 2012: Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. The class was designed as a guide to various aspects
of safety, such as basic equipment maintenance, skills, and rules of
the road. The content was based on the League of American Bicyclists' national
BikeEd program, with the central idea being "Cyclists fare best when they act
and are treated as drivers of vehicles." The class intended to help you to become a cyclist who rides with greater safety and confidence. Get Healthy Now encourages participants to ride bicycles for fun, fitness,
and transportation, leading to a happier and healthier person, planet, and safer environment for all. These new bike safety classes were made possible by funds generated through the purchase of "Share the Road" license plates by Kentucky motorists! Funding from the Paula Nye Memorial Education Grant has allowed UofL to:
1. Provide American League of Bicyclists Certified Instructors (through a subcontract with Bicycling for Louisville) to conduct free training to educators from university, high school and community organizations in bicycle
safety and confident cycling, in order for them to return to their respective institutions to train students and community members; and to provide the educational and curriculum materials needed
to train these educators and their future students; and
2. Create, post, and distribute bicycling maps as an additional means to educate people about safe means of bicycling on UofL campuses (reducing conflicts with pedestrians) and bicycling to campus by accessing bicycle gateways and connecting with Metro bike routes and public transit lines. You can see the results of this project in the UofL inset on new Louisville Bike Map (pdf) released March 2013!
The University is continuing its efforts to make living close to campus an attractive option for students, faculty and staff. Fall 2011 saw the opening of new student housing options adjacent to both Belknap campus and Health Sciences Center.
- The first phase of Cardinal Towne, a new affiliated student housing and retail development, opened in August 2011 on Cardinal Blvd between 3rd and 4th - right across the street from Belknap campus. Cardinal Towne features several green design elements, including accessible vegetated roofs; 170 covered and outdoor bike parking spaces; the ability to monitor energy use in each unit; some ceiling fans and day-lighting; and fully equipped kitchens for student cooking. Watch the video. A second phase will be open August 2012.
- Also in August 2011, new student housing opened at HSC. The Quad is a UofL-affiliated 27-apartment complex at
Hancock Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, right next door to the Clinical and Translational Research Building. It is one piece of a larger project, known as The Edge at Liberty Green,
which will provide mixed-use, mixed-income, environmentally-friendly
housing for employees and students within blocks of our Health Sciences
and within biking distance of Belknap Campus. Development continues on
hundreds of units of various green-designed housing types and sizes for
or rent. The Sustainability Council invites everyone in the UofL
community to explore this exciting, new option in low-impact,
healthy, urban living!
TARC makes trip planning more convenient for students and employees!
TARC has joined the Google Transit partnership program, a
network that provides bus routing and bus stop data in more than 400
cities, and has added a link to the Google trip planner to its website. The trip planner allows users to find such information as bus routes,
estimated travel times and even walking directions to the nearest TARC
stop. UofL students, faculty and staff can always ride TARC for free by showing their UofL ID. “For University
of Louisville students, this improvement in accessibility could be the tipping
point between buying a parking pass and driving their car to campus or riding
the bus.” -The Louisville Cardinal (December 6, 2011) TARC
pairs with Google for quicker transit planning
In 2011, UofL's released its first Bicycle Master Plan! As a part of our campus master planning efforts, UofL has developed
comprehensive plans for making our campuses more walkable and bike-friendly and
we are working with Metro government and surrounding neighborhoods to
improve linkages with citywide bike
routes. Our Bicycle Master Plan provides guidance for facilities, signage, surface
treatments, and pathways that are designed to encourage bicycling while
enhancing the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on all three of our
In line with our Bicycle Master Plan, UofL
is worked throughout 2011 with Bike Louisville and area neighborhood groups to
create a plan for a safe network of on-street bike facilities to campus. We
especially need a northbound route from Cardinal Blvd that provides
(s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center and
downtown. Despite resistance to the idea from Metro Public Works, we still think
this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike
limited, local-access-only auto traffic (learn about Portland, Oregon's bike boulevards
with this great video). The plan for Old
Louisville bike corridors developed through this process is available for review here.
New bike rackswere installed in 2010 at priority locations (most covered) on HSC and Shelby campuses. New racks were added to the Red Barn plaza / SAC west entrance in 2011; and in spring 2012, three new large racks were installed at the north
entrance to Louisville Hall, and one covered rack at the west entrance to Threlkeld Hall.
Nearly 300 employees for UofL's vendors/contractors (including Sodexo, the University Club, SSC Service Solutions, and City Café) came under UofL's agreement with TARC in Fall 2011 to allow them free access to the entire bus system.
In 2010, UofL adopted a No Idling Policy for all vehicles owned by the University of Louisville or its affiliates or operated by any employee or contractor of the university during the course of their job duties at the university. The policy states, "All vehicles should be turned off when not in use or when the driver leaves the vehicle for any length of time. Equipment should not be left idling more than 1 minute and should be turned off unless doing so would hurt its operation." There are a few stated exceptions to this policy. View the full policy here.