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Campus Bus & Shuttle Routes


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Route Operation Departure
Stadium Route Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 6:15 pm
Every 5 minutes (7:00 am - 10:00 am) | Every 10 minutes (after 10:00 am)
Red Day Route Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Every 15 minutes
Blue Day Route Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Every 15 minutes
Yellow Night Route Monday - Friday
6:00 pm - midnight
Every 15 or 30 minutes
On-Demand Service Sunday - Friday
hours vary by day
Call 221-RIDE for pick-up.

Service limited to UK Campus.

Summer/Break Route Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Every 15 minutes
UK HealthCare Route Monday - Friday
5:00 am - midnight
Every 3-5 minutes
Kentucky Clinic Route Monday - Friday
6:45 am - 9:00 am
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sterlington Route Monday - Friday
hours vary by day
Continuous, as needed

CATS

The Campus Area Transit System (CATS) fleet consists of eighteen buses that support four routes serving the campus core during the fall and spring semesters as well as the UK HealthCare Route, which operates year-round. These buses are small and maneuverable allowing for more reliable service to the campus interior. During the summer months, Parking and Transportation Services operates a special summer route that provides service to the entire campus. These routes may be viewed by clicking on the above links.

Lextran

Transportation to the campus periphery is supplied through an agreement with the Transit Authority of Lexington, Kentucky, or Lextran. These buses are city coaches that are larger than the CATS fleet buses, and they are therefore able to transport a larger volume of people to locations along the campus perimeter. These routes operate between 7:00 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters with primary service to Commonwealth Stadium, UK Medical Center, Washington Avenue, Administration Drive, and Taylor/Dickey buildings. Check the Lextran website for information concerning city bus routes.

How to Ride Campus Buses

  • Buses are only permitted to stop at designated bus stops. Do not attempt to flag down the bus at other locations.
  • Look for the route name displayed on the front of the bus.
  • Wait to board until riders have finished exiting the bus.
  • To indicate that you need to depart the bus, pull the cord above the window or say "Next Stop" to alert the driver; be sure to do so with enough advance notice for the driver to safely come to a stop. Allow the bus to come to a complete stop before you stand to exit. Exit at the rear when possible.
  • If you have any questions about your trip, ask the driver.

Bus Service During Delays and Emergency Closures

In the event that the University is operating on a delay, closure or early dismissal, the campus bus service will follow the guidelines listed below. However, buses that are still operating during campus emergency closures/delays will be contingent upon campus conditions. Service may be interrupted due to imminent severe weather, road conditions, or at the direction of emergency officials.

  • Closure: Lextran Stadium Route and CATS Red and Blue Routes will not operate. UK HealthCare and Kentucky Clinic Shuttles will run on normal schedule. CATS Night Route and On-Demand run on normal schedule, unless circumstances prevent.
  • Delay: Lextran Stadium Route and CATS Red and Blue Routes will operate on a delay. UK HealthCare and Kentucky Clinic Shuttles will run on normal schedule. CATS Night Route and On-Demand run on normal schedule.
  • Early Dismissal: Lextran Stadium Route and CATS Red and Blue Routes will continue to operate on a normal schedule until one hour after the University officially closes. UK HealthCare and Kentucky Clinic Shuttles will run on normal schedule. CATS Night Route and On-Demand run on normal schedule, unless circumstances prevent.
  • Delay Turned to Closure: Lextran Stadium Route will run on a delay, and, if needed, for one hour after the University officially closes to transport students back to Commonwealth Stadium. CATS Red and Blue Routes will not operate. UK HealthCare and Kentucky Clinic Shuttles will run on normal schedule. Night Route and On-Demand run on normal schedule, unless circumstances prevent.
  • Kentucky Clinic Early Dismissal/Closure: In the event that the Kentucky Clinic does not open for the day, the Kentucky Clinic Shuttle will not run. In the event that the Kentucky Clinic closes early, the Kentucky Clinic Shuttle will cease operation one hour after the Clinic officially closes.