PTS Ride Home Express
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PTS offers an alternative travel option for students and employees in visiting a variety of destinations. The PTS Ride Home Express will operate at the start and end of the Thanksgiving, winter semester and spring breaks, and will serve 18 cities along four routes. The PTS Ride Home Express will provide reliable, comfortable and affordable transportation on deluxe motor coach buses 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.
Riders may bring one large piece of luggage, one small piece of luggage and one carry-on item.
For the Spring Break 2014 Ride Home Express Service, only the Chicago route will operate; the Atlanta, Cleveland and St. Louis routes have been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Spring break fares will go on sale on Monday, February 3.
- Atlanta Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF) and Winter Break (PDF)
(Corbin, KY; Knoxville, Chattanooga, TN; Kennesaw, GA)
- Chicago Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF), Winter Break (PDF) and Spring Break (PDF)
(Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, Lafayette, Merrillville, IN; Naperville, IL
- Cleveland Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF) and Winter Break (PDF)
(Florence, KY; Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Mansfield, Medina, OH)
- St. Louis Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF) and Winter Break (PDF)
(Evansville, IN; Mt. Vernon, IL; Caseyville, IL)
Times listed are approximate, and may change based on weather, traffic or other delays.
*In the event that the minimum number of riders is not met, routes or stops along the routes may be eliminated. If the route is eliminated, ticketholders will be refunded in full. If a stop or stops is eliminated, the impacted riders will be contacted and be permitted to choose a new destination for a partial refund or to cancel for a full refund.
Dates for 2013-2014 Academic Year
Depart: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Return: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Depart: Friday, December 20, 2013
Return: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Depart: Friday, March 14, 2014
Return: Sunday, March 23, 2014
UK students are able to reserve a round-trip seat via the Web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. BCTC students are also able to purchase round-trip tickets online with their KCTCS login. Ride Home Express tickets will be available under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. All other riders must purchase their seats from the UK parking office in person. One-way fares may only be purchased in person or over the telephone.
Tickets will not be issued. All passengers will be added to a manifest and will need to bring a photo ID to board the bus. Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination; a complete price list is listed below. Maps are linked to the route or stop name, and will open in a new window.
PTS recommends purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the event that a route sells out, PTS will maintain wait lists. If you are on a wait list, you will be contacted via email when and if an additional bus is added to your preferred route.
|Route (Overall Route Map)||Stop Location (Individual Map)||
|Atlanta Area Route||Corbin, KY||$55||$30|
|Chicago Area Route||Louisville, KY||$55||$30|
|Cleveland Area Route||Florence, KY||$55||$30|
|St. Louis Area Route||Evansville, IN||$105||$55|
|.||Mount Vernon, IL||$115||$60|
If a rider must cancel their trip, PTS will refund a percentage of the ticket cost based on the number of days remaining until the departure date. The refund is calculated on a pro-rata basis, as listed below:
- 100% if 14 or more days
- 80% if 8 to 13 days
- 50% if 1 to 7 days
- No refund if trip is missed