Was that Smokey on the back of that shiny orange bus you passed on the interstate? Don’t worry, you aren’t hallucinating about your glory days in Knoxville; you just saw one of UT’s brand new buses making its way from Los Angeles to Knoxville.
The new fleet of T buses, which will serve as campus transportation, will be driving across the country in stages. The first group of ten will depart in the next couple of days from Riverside, California. The next groups will depart later in May and early June.
Following I-40, the buses will pass through Flagstaff, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Amarillo, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Little Rock, Arkansas, before crossing Tennessee by way of Memphis and Nashville on their way to Knoxville.