Sustainable Transportation at the U of S

The university’s commitments to sustainability include a goal to increase the quality and use of sustainable mobility options (public transit, carpooling, cycling and walking) for travel to, from and within the campus. 

The table below show the current modes of transportation chosen for commuting.

ModeStudents (%)Employees (%)
Walk 18.0 7.7
Bike 6.1 12.7
Bus 44.6 13.5
Carpool (2+) 9.4 15.9
Motorcycle 0.1 0.4
Single-Occupant Vehicle 21.8 49.9

Our 2016 Modal Split Survey features all of this information along with detailed reports and survey results. The Survey is available for you to view below.

Commuting Options

Through Parking and Transportation Services the university offers a suite of services - carpooling incentives, a subsidized employee bus pass, a ride-matching service and bike lockers—to provide students and employees with a variety of sustainable commuting options.

Public Transit

The USSU has a U-Pass program for undergraduates to reduce the cost of taking public transit by about 75% over the normal adult fare.  The Graduate Student Association also offers a U-Pass for graduate students. University employees can apply for an Eco Pass, which reduces the cost of an adult bus pass by 40%.

Cycling

For those who choose to commute by bicycle there are various services and supports available:

  • The Campus Cycling Club has a group on Facebook.
  • The USSU provides a bike repair stand (located between Thorvaldson and Arts).
  • A bike repair kit that can be signed out from the equipment desk at the PAC.
  • Parking & Transportation Services rents secure bike lockers.

The university will continue to develop other services and strategies to shift travel to and from campus away from the single-occupant vehicle to more sustainable options such as carpooling, bussing, walking and cycling.

Be sure to visit our cycling page to learn more!

2013 Sustainability Mobility Strategic Plan

In 2013, the University of Saskatchewan hired Opus International Consultants (Canada) Ltd. to study sustainable transportation on campus. The principle goal of the Sustainable Mobility Strategic Plan is to increase the quality and use of sustainable mobility options (public transit, carpooling, cycling and walking) for travel to, from, and within the campus.

The full report can be found here.