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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. (Photo from Lextran)

UK students, faculty, staff with a valid Wildcat ID can ride any Lextran bus on any route under the new U-PASS program. (Photo from Lextran)

“The U-PASS program, in partnership with Lextran, will provide safe, affordable and sustainable transportation options, while strengthening UK’s important relationship with the city,” said UK President Eli Capilouto, who joined Mayor Jim Gray and Lextran Board Chair Jeff Fugate at a press conference.

Lextran buses travel throughout 21 different city routes, which extend throughout and beyond the UK campus into the Lexington community. The program includes all Lextran routes, both on and off campus, allowing UK students, faculty and staff to travel to, from and around campus while also accessing the city. The program constitutes a one-year, $160,000 agreement, with the opportunity to renew.

Click here to view a map of Lextran routes.

“We applaud the university’s efforts to help improve traffic around campus,” Gray said. “Like the University, our city is growing, and generally growth is good. It also means we will have some growing pains, like increased traffic congestion. We’re working on answers through mass transit, encouraging ride sharing, adding bike lanes, continuing to improve traffic signal timing and making our city, especially the urban core, more walkable.”

The U-PASS program is the first of several initiatives being launched throughout the ongoing UK Transportation Master Plan process. Individuals across campus have provided feedback on the TMP through multiple open forums, surveys and correspondence throughout the past several months.

In March, Sasaki and Associates, UK’s transportation consultants, recommended that the university “develop a voucher program providing students and employees free Lextran and CATS passes, arguing that in addition to adding parking supply, “the University community must make sincere and concerted efforts to reduce dependence on single occupant vehicles through transportation demand management.”

“Members of the campus community represent a significant portion of our ridership and service area,” Fugate said. “The U-PASS program builds upon more than 31 years of cooperation between Lextran and UK and presents an important step forward for our partnership.”

Historically, many UK students have purchased a semester or academic-year Class Pass, which provides unlimited rides per semester or academic year. Under the new U-PASS program, a Class Pass is no longer necessary as long as a student has a valid Wildcard ID. Any University of Kentucky student who has already purchased a Class Pass for use during the 2015-16 school year may receive a full refund from Lextran. Click here for more information on refunds.

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