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Lextran Kicks off Black History Month with reserved seat on each bus in honor of Rosa Parks

Lextran is kicking off Black History Month with a reserved seat on each bus honoring Rosa Parks through Friday, February 7. The reserved seats feature a poster with a picture of Parks as well as a QR code, courtesy of the Lexington Public Library, which will direct riders to adult, young adult, and children’s books about Parks. The poster also includes a brief explanation of the reserved seat. ...

Lextran offers free rides on Nov. 5 to increase access to polling locations on Election Day

All Lextran routes will be free of charge on Nov. 5 to increase access to polling locations on Election Day. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimated that nearly 15 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 didn’t vote in the 2016 Election because of a lack of transportation to their polling location. “Exercising your right to vote should not be hindered...

Lexington activates Phase 2 Heat Alert as temperatures, heat index expected to reach mid-90s

With temperatures and the heat index forecast to be in the mid-90s, Lexington Emergency Management has activated its Phase 2 Heat Alert. The combination of heat and humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with the very young and elderly. Everyone is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day and check on elderly...

Lextran gets $1.4 million grant to purchase two electric buses, aimed at improving air quality

Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Lextran will receive a $1.4 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant to purchase two electric buses, thereby improving air quality in Lexington.   Lextran will use the grant funds to replace existing diesel buses that are beyond their useful life with long-range, no-emissions electric buses....

This Lextran seat on every bus is RESERVED — in honor of Rosa Parks starting on her birthday Monday

Lextran will reserve one seat on each bus in honor of Rosa Parks beginning on her birthday, Monday February 4, and continuing through Friday, February 8.   The reserved seats will feature a poster with a picture of Parks as well as a QR code, courtesy of the Lexington Public Library, which will direct riders to adult, young adult, and children’s books about Parks. The poster will also include a...

Commentary: Leaders of state’s three largest airports say infrastructure should be top priority in 2019

By Dan Mann, Candace McGraw, and Eric Frankl As leaders of Kentucky’s three largest commercial service airports, we understand that infrastructure investment is critical to our state’s continued economic success. Eric Frankl Our airports are critical infrastructure assets to Kentucky, supporting more than 100,000 jobs and creating a $13 billion impact for the Commonwealth and the Louisville, Lexington,...

Lextran to operate on Sunday schedules for Christmas and New Year’s Day

Lextran will operate on Sunday schedules in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day to meet the needs of the community during the holidays. On Tuesday, Dec. 25 Lextran routes will operate on a Sunday schedule with limited service hours in observance of Christmas Day. The first departure from the downtown Transit Center will occur at 11 a.m., and the last departure from the Transit Center will...

Lextran to offer free bus service November 6 in an effort to increase access to polling locations

All Lextran routes will be free of charge on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to increase access to polling locations for the general election. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimated that nearly 15 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 didn’t vote in the 2016 Election because of a lack of transportation to their polling location. “Transportation can be a barrier...

Lexington’s new upLIFT program offers free Lextran transportation services for city’s homeless

Lexington is partnering with Lextran to launch upLIFT, a new program that will offer free, conditional transportation services for the area’s homeless population. The program’s goal is to eliminate one of the most common barriers — transportation — for those who are homeless and seeking employment, medical services, child care, housing or other basic living activities. “Giving a person...

Lextran bus operator Mike Burnett wins inspection challenge at International Bus Roadeo competition

Lextran bus operator Mike Burnett won first place in the Pre-Trip Safety Inspection Challenge at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) International Bus Roadeo and Conference on Tuesday, May 8 in Tampa, Florida. Mike Burnett (Photo from Lextran) “It’s amazing to represent Lextran on a national scale,” said Mr. Burnett. “I do this not just for me, but for all of my fellow Lextran...

Gardenside Pride celebrates dedication of new bus shelter, sign thanks to collaboration for beautification

11th District Councilmember Peggy Henson, in partnership with Art in Motion, Inc. (AIM), Lextran, LexArts and several Gardenside neighborhood associations, kicked off the first celebration of Gardenside Pride and dedication of the new Gardenside Plaza bus shelter and sign Sunday. Peggy Henson Gardenside Pride Celebration The inaugural Gardenside Pride Celebration featured music from two Lexington bands,...

Deadline extended for application to annual Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training

Business owners are invited to apply for the annual Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program, whose sponsors include Fayette County Public Schools. The 10-week series covers a range of topics from business planning, estimating and bidding, to contracts, legal issues, and project safety. The classes are reserved for minority- or women-owned companies with a minimum of 51 percent ownership...

New funding will create Town Branch Commons corridor along Lexington’s busy Vine Street

Gov. Steve Beshear today ceremonially presented $2.7 million in funding for another section of Lexington’s long-awaited urban park known as Town Branch Commons. The project is to include creation of a pedestrian crossing, with signal, on heavily traveled Vine Street in the vicinity of the central transit center for Lextran, the public transportation system for Lexington. “The Town Branch Commons...

UK students, faculty, staff will get free bus rides under new partnership with Lextran

  A new partnership between University of Kentucky and Lextran will enable UK students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran bus route free of charge simply by showing their valid Wildcard ID, effective July 1.   Officials announced the new U-PASS program today.   UK students, faculty, staff with a valid Wildcat ID can ride any Lextran bus on any route under the new U-PASS program....

Lextran to build a new maintenance facility
on site of the former GE Lighting Glass plant

This older Lextran bus is still in operation along the Versailles Road route. (Photo by Melvin Bernero)   Lextran is now the official owner of property where the GE Lighting Kentucky Glass Plant once stood. The 200 West Loudon Ave. site was purchased to construct a new maintenance and administration facility next to their current one at 109 W. Loudon.   The Lextran Board of Directors voted...

Bluegrass celebration to launch in June, inspired by anniversary of Lexington festival

Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the “Festival of the Bluegrass,” a group of local music, civic and city leaders have announced a weeklong celebration called “Best Of Bluegrass” – also being referred to affectionately by its acronym – “BOB.”   The new event, to be held June 3-8, will take place at venues all over the Lexington area as well as the traditional location at...