University of Kentucky Parent Association

Frequently Asked Questions - Parking

Are campus and city buses free? Where can my student find bus schedules for campus and city buses?
Students do not pay a fare when riding the Lextran campus buses or campus shuttle buses. Support for these bus services comes from parking permit fees. All campus buses are equipped with a wheelchair lift, and most have bicycle racks. Information on campus bus service is available online at

New for the 2015-2016 academic year, students also ride all Lextran city routes FREE through the BluPass program. This allows students to commute to and from campus, run errands and go shopping. Students simply need to show their Wildcard ID to the bus driver on any of Lextran's routes. For more information on Lextran routes and schedules, please visit

PTS offers the Cat Tracker, a GPS-based bus locating system! Visit to see when the next campus bus is coming to your stop. You can also track the buses via the Transloc iPhone and Android apps, by using your smart phone to scan the QR codes found on each bus stop sign or by using the SMS codes found at each bus stop.

Where can I park when I visit campus?
Visit for information on visitor parking.

How does the night bus service work?
Buses traverse campus throughout the day, but as night approaches, UK's bus service becomes increasingly important from a safety perspective. The night service operates on a fixed route Monday through Friday between 6 p.m. and midnight during fall and spring semesters. After midnight and on Sunday evenings, the night service operates on demand for students who need transportation around campus, such as between Commonwealth Stadium and the residence halls. Students may telephone the driver directly at (859)221-RIDE (7433) to make pick-up requests. The bus driver will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests. Calls must be received at least 30 minutes prior to the end of on-demand service.

The schedule for on-demand service is as follows:

Monday-Friday, midnight-5 a.m.
Sunday, 7 p.m.-midnight

Route and schedule information is available at the major bus stops, in South Limestone Garage (PS #5, next to Kennedy's Wildcat Den), and in the Parking and Transportation Services main offices, located in the Press Avenue Garage (at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues). You can also find bus information online at

How does the motorist assistance program work?
Parking and Transportation Services has developed a motorist assistance program for UK students who have valid parking permits. Bluegrass Towing agrees to respond to calls to assist motorists 24 hours a day, anywhere in Fayette County. To be eligible for the UK discount, the tow truck driver will need to record your permit number prior to providing the service. For your convenience, tow truck drivers will accept cash, check or credit card at the scene. For more information on services provided please visit,

Who can my student contact to get their car jumped?
Some motorist assistance services are provided free of charge by Parking Services and the University Police. If you are parked on campus and you need to jump start your vehicle, we will attempt to assist with a Portable Jump Start System.

What is the Ride Home Express?
PTS offers an alternative travel option for students and employees in visiting a variety of destinations during academic breaks. The PTS Ride Home Express operates at the start and end of Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks. The PTS Ride Home Express will provide reliable, comfortable, and affordable transportation to and from hometowns or break destinations during the three major academic breaks. The program offers significantly cheaper fares than airlines and faster travel times than other major bus companies. Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express begin at just $55, with prices varying based on the final destination. For more information, visit