News & Information
UK Named a Bicycle Friendly University
The University of Kentucky has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University. UK achieved a Bronze level designation and was one of only nine new universities to be named in the fall 2012 award class. The award gives UK the distinction of being the only Bicycle Friendly University in Kentucky. The UK Bicycle Advisory Committee, Parking and Transportation Services and the Office of Sustainability led the efforts which resulted in this honor.
The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, employees and visitors. Applicants are judged on their initiatives in five categories: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation and planning.
New Hours for PTS Parking Structure #6 Location
Parking and Transportation Services’ main office location in Parking Structure #6 (at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues) now has new hours. Changes include reducing late-night office hours and eliminating Sunday office hours. The new hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The office was previously open until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The changes are designed to respond to the changing needs of the campus community. With vehicle towing down over 90% over the past two years, the Parking Structure #6 office has experienced a significant reduction in late night office traffic. Additionally, more members of the campus community are taking advantage of PTS’s online services, including permit renewals, citation payment and appeals, which are available any time day or night at www.uky.edu/pts.
While the weekday office hours previously extended until 9:00 p.m., permit sales ended at 6:00 p.m. With the policy change, the new office hours will include full service during all weekday hours of operation.
Summer Parking Control Now in Effect
With spring semester drawing to a close, summer parking control will begin Monday, May 6. While most lots will remain on control, permit holders will experience more flexibility in student parking areas. Most University student parking lots will be controlled for any valid permit during the summer months; the exceptions are the R2 and R3 parking areas, which will not be controlled for permits during the summer. All employee parking areas will remain on control, as will the R17 parking area.
Summer permits for students are currently available at a cost of $7 per week, and are available at Parking and Transportation Services, 721 Press Avenue (Parking Structure #6). The permits may be purchased for any number of weeks between May 6 and August 2, 2013.
Please note that even when permits are not required, lots are still monitored for other parking violations such as parking in disabled parking areas without the proper permit, parking in fire lanes and on yellow lines.
Summer Permits Available May 1
Student summer permits will be available May 1 for students at a rate of $7 per week. Permits may only be purchased in person at Parking & Transportation Services, 721 Press Avenue (Parking Structure #6). The permits may be issued for any number of weeks between May 6 and August 2, 2013.
Visit the Summer Parking page for more information on summer parking.
Cat Tracker Makes Finding Buses Easy On the Go
The CATS buses are now easier than ever to find with Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system!
Four Easy Ways to Find a Bus Using Cat Tracker
1. Visit http://uky.transloc.com to see when the next bus is coming to your stop.
2. Download the free Transloc app for your Android, BlackBerry or iPhone.
3. Use a QR code reader on your smart phone to scan the QR codes found on pocket bus schedules or on bus stop signs.
4. Send a text message to 41411 with “UKY” and the appropriate stop number. You’ll get a message back listing the next three arrival times for that stop. Find the stop numbers on the map at http://uky.transloc.com, by clicking on the individual stops, or on the bus stop signs.
All CATS buses and campus Lextran buses are free to ride.
More information about the bus routes, including maps and schedule, can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles.
Try PTS Car Sharing Today
If you’re on campus without a car (or just want to try out a different set of wheels), take PTS Car Sharing for a spin.
Unlike traditional car rental services, the minimum age allowed to use the car sharing program is 18 with a valid driver's license and a good driving record. Rates start at $8 an hour and include 180 miles per day. Gas, maintenance and insurance are included in the cost.
Car sharing is a great option for those who don't have cars on campus, those who regularly use alternative transportation, and those who want to avoid wear and tear on their vehicle. Sign up today!
Join now for free! To sign up or to read more information on the program, visit www.uky.edu/pts/alternative-transportation_car-sharing-information.
UK Offers Parking Information via Radio Station
A low-power radio station provides parking and transportation information to University of Kentucky students, employees and visitors on or near campus. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a radio station broadcast license to UK for use by Parking and Transportation Services.
The station is now on the air. The station’s call sign is WQKH 253; it will broadcast 24 hours a day on the AM radio band at 1700 KHz (1700 AM), with primarily pre-recorded messages.
The radio station broadcasts general and other notable parking and transportation information as available, targeting the UK community, including students, employees and visitors. The station reaches a 3-mile radius; communication focuses on those already on campus and those approaching campus.
Follow Parking & Transportation Services on Twitter
UK Parking & Transportation Services is now on Twitter! To follow news on parking and transportation issues on campus on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/UKParking. Users must create a Twitter account to join. Once logged in, account holders have the choice of following other users and activating their mobile devices to receive "tweets" from UKParking and other users as they post them.
Twitter is a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time.