Ride Home Express
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Transportation Services offers an alternative travel option for students and employees in visiting a variety of destinations. The Ride Home Express will operate at the start and end of the Thanksgiving, winter semester and spring breaks, and will serve 15 cities along three routes. The 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.
Transportation Services is finalizing Ride Home Express information for 2017-2018. Check back soon for details.
Dates for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Depart: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (all routes)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (Chicago route only)
Return: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Depart: Friday, December 16, 2016
Return: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Depart: Friday, March 10, 2017
Return: Sunday, March 19, 2017
- Atlanta Area Route - Thanksgiving (PDF) and Winter Break (PDF)
(Corbin, KY; Knoxville, Chattanooga, TN; Kennesaw, GA)
- Chicago Area Route - Thanksgiving (11/22 departure (PDF); 11/23 departure (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)
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.
Transportation To and From Kroger Field
Transportation Services can provide free transportation to and from Kroger Field for Ride Home Express riders. If you wish to utilize this service, you must fill out the Ride Home Express Shuttle form after you purchase your ticket, no later than two business days prior to shuttle departure.
Purchasing a Ticket
Transportation Services will begin selling tickets for the Spring Break Ride Home Express at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
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 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.
Transportation Services 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, Transportation Services 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.
Riders will not be able to change their departure or boarding location without notifying Transportation Services staff at firstname.lastname@example.org and receiving written confirmation of approved location change. Such requests will not be reviewed outside of regular business hours.
|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|
If a rider must cancel their trip, Transportation Services 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. All refunds are for Thanksgiving are calculated based on a November 22 departure date.
- 100% if 14 or more days
- 80% if 8 to 13 days
- 50% if 1 to 7 days
- No refund if trip is missed