Free bus travel could be among the options considered following a public transport fare policy review.
Members of the transport partnership ZetTrans have been told of the possible move during their meeting on Friday morning.
It follows a growing interest in public transport fares at both the local and national level in recent months with calls for free fares in the isles to be considered.
Council Members have already voiced a wish to consider public transport fares in relation how alternative policies might improve Shetland’s economic and social picture.
Transport cost is said to be a barrier to people accessing work and services, while the climate emergency requires more people to use sustainable transport for daily journeys.
Responding to questions from Shetland South councillor Robbie McGregor, transport policy officer Robina Barton said free bus travel would be one of the options considered.
However, she added: “We’ve not got to that stage yet.”
She highlighted a questionnaire due to be launched on Monday to gather more information.
“The next stage will be to convene the reference group, set objectives for the review and generate options.”
Shetland Central member Davie Sandison welcomed the report.
“I really do think, if the council are going to be serious about leading the way to influence the direction of travel on climate change we have to have simple steps that will help us along the way.
“I know people will say ‘this is just small beer’ but it’s actually ‘small beer’ that matters.”
Chairman Ryan Thomson said: “We know we have some of the highest costs of living here in Shetland.
“There are those on low incomes, or who live in remote or rural areas, who can’t afford to get from A-B as much as they’d like or need.
“This encompasses a whole raft of different issues that Shetlanders face here.
“We have to remember that we do have pockets of poverty here in Shetland.”