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Accessible Parking

There are over 500 accessible / handicapped parking spaces on our campus.

Rules & Regulations

Disabled person parking plates / tags must be issued to the individual driving or being transported.

Accessible / Handicapped person parking plates or tags must be from the same state as the registration of the vehicle.

Time restrictions do apply in certain locations, such as Circle Park (45 minutes), Hodges Library (2 hours), etc.

2016 Revisions to Accessible Parking Permit Regulations

Accessible permit imageThe revised policy will require vehicles operated by students, faculty, and staff who need accessible/handicapped parking to purchase and display a dual registration, which includes:

  • a valid state-issued accessible/handicapped placard or license plate
  • UT-issued Accessible permit (such as the Staff Accessible permit)

A UT-issued accessible permit will cost the same as a standard permit (depending on your designation as staff, commuter, non-commuter, etc). There is no additional cost to those permit holders beyond the standard permit fee.

All vehicles displaying dual registration will be allowed to park in any accessible / handicapped space as well as any unreserved, non-UT vehicle space.

To purchase an Accessible permit please bring the following documentation to 2121 Stephenson Dr (off Neyland Dr & Joan Cronan Way):

  • Photo ID
  • State registration for the Accessible Placard
  • Valid accessible/handicapped placard or accessible license plate DMV record

Revised regulations for students, staff and faculty

Revised regulations for visitors

Transit

Parking Lots Recommended for Using the T: Access or T: Link

These parking lots have been identified for the ease of T Access pick-up, visibility, and proximity to curb cuts, crosswalks, and accessible parking spaces:

  •  C-3 Curb on Lake Loudon
  • S-23 Curb on Phillip Fulmer near Thompson-Boling Arena Ticket Office
  • S-30 Curb at Gate 13 outside of Neyland Stadium
  • Perkins Hall At lot entrance on Middle Drive
  • S-9 (south end) Curb on south side corner of Phillip Fulmer and Peyton Manning Pass
  • S-9 (north end) Campus Transfer Point outside of Neyland Stadium near Gate 21
  • C-5 Curb on Lake Loudon
  • C-6 Curb outside of Financial Aid Office entrance
  • S-23 Corner of lot near accessible spaces next to former Student Health Clinic
  • N-7 At Blue Phone outside of garage entrance
  • S-7 Curb on 13th St.
  • G-10 Curb at Tee Martin & Phillip Fulmer
  • G-11 Curb on Terrace Ave. (far side) outside garage entrance
  • G-12 Curb at entrance on White Ave.
  • G-13 Curb at entrance between garage and Jesse Harris

The T:Access and T:Link point-to-point service can pick up from all parking areas, although this may require loading at the sidewalk or at lot / garage perimeter. 

Note: The T:Access and T:Link vehicles cannot go into covered parking facilities.

During the day – The T: Access

The T:Access is a demand response service available to transport students, staff and faculty around campus (inc. UT main campus, Ag Campus, & facilities in the Fort Sanders neighborhood). The service is provided for those with permanent disabilities and limited duration passes for those with temporary disabilities can be issued. Medical verification of the disability needs to be provided to the applicable office.

To get your Access ID card (which is needed to board the vehicle) please visit:

Daytime Hours: Weekdays from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm

At night – The T: Link

The same point-to-point demand responsive service and No Access ID is required at night.

  • Request pickup through the UT mobile app’s transit icon or the TransLoc app. The blue circle will pop up to request On-Demand after 6pm.
  • Call from any campus Blue Phone
  • Call the Link directly at 865-974-4080

Nighttime Hours: 6:00 pm until 7:00 am

Bus Transportation Options

The T, operated by First Transit, has a number of on-campus services available to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

All T buses are lift-equipped and fully accessible.

The four main bus routes (Hill, Neyland Express, Fort, and Late Nite) all have low-floor kneeling buses to ease the boarding of buses.

Visit Ride the T for details

For other on- and off-campus public transportation options, visit the KAT website.

The Hill / Ayres

Accessible Parking on the Hill

There are a limited number of accessible spaces available on the Hill located near Austin Peay, Ayres, and Dabney/Buehler. Additional accessible parking is available in the parking area west of Perkins.

The 11th Street Garage has twenty-six accessible parking spaces available for students, faculty, and staff. A pedestrian bridge provides direct access from the garage to the hill.

Loading/Unloading on the Hill

Vehicles displaying a current Staff Area 7 permit may use the fifteen-minute loading/unloading spaces without other credentials, but are subject to strict enforcement of the designated spaces.

Road Closures on the Hill

Circle Drive and Middle Way Drive/Estabrook, located on the Hill, will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic from time to time due to construction. Limited access may be available at the Cumberland entrance to Circle Drive for those with disabled person parking plates/hang tags, as well as the T Access service and some delivery trucks.

A UTPD officer may be available to assist with special circumstances.

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