LEXINGTON, Kentucky (August 18, 2022) — Taking a campus bus for the first time may cause anxiety for some first-time students who have limited experience in public transportation. But the process of using the University of Kentucky campus bus system couldn’t be easier.
The UK, in partnership with the Lexington Transit Authority (Lextran), operates several campus bus routes designed to provide students, staff, faculty and visitors with quick access to the entire campus.
Campus bus routes are marked on the bus marquee, so there is no confusion as to which bus you are boarding.
Other details you need to know:
Bus routes at a glance
Blue and White (Route 14)
Most students will primarily use the Blue and white lines that operate from 6:45 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. These two routes circle the campus perimeter all day, in opposite directions. The blue route goes clockwise from Kroger Field west along Limestone. The White Route runs counter-clockwise from Kroger Field along University Drive.
The Greenway is a connecting route that primarily serves the residential areas of Greg Page and Shawneetown to the Kroger Field bus shelter, where students can then transfer to the Blue and White routes.
Yellow (Route 27)
Yellow Road buses operate Saturdays and Sundays from noon to midnight, providing students with service from Kroger Field to all major campus residence areas as well as the Gatton Student Center, William T. Young Library, and 90.
The Orange Route primarily serves UK HealthCare employees, but is also available to students. These buses operate from 5am to midnight between the Orange Lot and the UK HealthCare campus.
Night bus on demand
A Night bus on demand the service is available from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday to Friday. These buses must be reserved at least 30 minutes in advance. Riders can call 859-221-RIDE (7433) to request a pickup.
How to ride
Campus buses are easy to drive. Just check the marquee to make sure it’s the right route for you, and board at any bus stop or shelter; ID is not required.
To get off at the stop you need, just say “Next stop please” or pull the cord above your seat window to let the driver know you need to get off at the next stop.
All campus buses are ADA compliant.
Track buses in real time
Track buses in real time by downloading the TransLoc app, the UK’s GPS-based bus tracking system. Visit http://uky.transloc.com or download the free TransLoc app for Android and iPhone.
Bikes and buses
All campus buses have bike racks in the front. If you ride a bike, you can attach it to the bus rack and get on board. If this concerns you for the first time, practice beforehand on a hover bus rack located at the Wildcat Wheels Bike Library at Blazer Dining.
If you accidentally leave something on a bus, contact lost and found. If you think you have lost something on a Blue or White Route bus, contact Lextran Lost and Found. For a Green or Orange Route bus, contact UK Transportation Services by email at: [email protected]
Bad weather or other emergencies and holidays
Campus bus service during emergency closures or delays depends on campus conditions. For more details on bus service during delays, closures and early departures, visit this page.
The bus service also changes during official university holidays and school holidays. Detailed announcements about schedule changes are made in advance. Follow UK Transport Services on Twitter @UKParking and subscribe to our e-news to ensure that you receive the latest information.
Venture beyond campus
Lextran and UK Transportation Services offers Free public transport for all UK students, staff and faculty. If you live on campus, but want to venture beyond, you can take any Lextran bus for free by just showing your UK Wildcat ID. Commuters can also take advantage of free Lextran routes to get to campus, instead of driving and parking.
For more information on Lextran routes and schedules, visit www.lextran.com.
Still have questions ?
Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns. If you live off campus and need help determining the best Lextran route to get to campus, ask Route planning using UK transport services.