Transportation Master Plan

The University of Kentucky worked with consulting firm Sasaki and Associates in 2015 to develop a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aimed at improving access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.

The TMP aligns with the Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for campus transformation that is allowing UK to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. 

The TMP was developed based upon information and feedback from the University community. Numerous forums and discussions were held over the course of a year, resulting in a flexible roadmap that will allow the University to gradually evolve its parking and transportation system to meet campus needs.

View the detailed final report here.

TMP History and Forum Details

January 2015 Open Forums

Forums and presentations were held in January 2015. These presentations and videos can be accessed below:

Powerpoint Presentation:
 January Transportation Master Plan Open Forum

Wednesday, January 28 from 9:30-11 a.m in the Gatton Student Center Center Theater

Thursday, January 29 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Pav A Auditorium at Chandler Hospital


March 2015 Open Forums

The presentation and videos held in March 2015 can be accessed below:

Powerpoint Presentation:

March Transportation Master Plan Open Forum

Thursday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital

Thursday, March 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 230


For more information about transportation services at the University, including campus bus services, parking permits and alternative transportation options, please visit the UK Transportation Services website.


Free City Transit

The University of Kentucky and the City of Lexington started a free city transit partnership (formerly known as BluPass) on July 1, 2015. This program is on-going and allows University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran bus route free of charge simply by showing their valid Wildcard ID.

Lextran buses travel more than 20 different city routes, which extend throughout and beyond the UK campus into the Lexington community. The program includes all Lextran routes, both on- and off- campus, allowing UK students, faculty and staff to travel to, from, and around campus while also accessing the city.

Click here to view Lextran Routes


Free City Transit FAQs

  • What is free city transit and how does it work?

    • This program is a partnership between the University of Kentucky and Lextran allowing all UK students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran bus route free of charge, simply by showing their Wildcard ID.

  • Who can take part in the program?

    • Free city transit is available for anyone with a valid Wildcard ID. This includes housing, dining and bookstore partner employees who are also eligible for Wildcard IDs and therefore for this program.

  • When did free city transit begin?

    • This partnership began July 1, 2015 and is on-going.

  • Do I need to update my Wildcard ID in order to use free city transit?

    • No, all current Wildcard IDs will be accepted for free rides on Lextran buses. Simply show your ID to the driver when you board the bus.

  • Is this program limited to campus Lextran routes?

    • No; all UK students, faculty and staff have free, unlimited rides on all Lextran routes citywide.

  • I’m not sure if Lextran is convenient for my commute. Where can I find their routes?

  • What are the benefits of free city transit?

    • In addition to the immediate personal savings associated with reduced vehicle operating and parking costs, participation in this program also contributes to reduced road congestion and environmental impact. Members of the campus community are also encouraged to combine mass transit and biking. All Lextran buses are equipped with a bike rack.

    • Free city transit is funded by UK Transportation Services as a proactive effort to decrease single occupancy vehicle use and ultimately reduce campus parking demand.

  • Is it available year round?

    • Yes.

  • Are Lextran buses wheelchair accessible?

    • Yes, the Lextran fleet is 100% lift-equipped. Lextran’s current lift systems can accommodate up to 800 pounds and incorporate a special lift barrier and belt for maximum safety. All buses have 4-point tie downs and most have shoulder belts that control forward and side movements.

  • Can retirees take advantage of free city transit ?

    • Yes, retirees with a valid Wildcard ID are eligible for this program.

  • Does free city transit extend to family and friends of the Wildcard ID holder?

    • No, this program is only for the Wildcard ID holder and does not extend to family members or friends.

  • Do you need your Wildcard ID to board the bus?

    • Yes, you need to have your Wildcard ID with you at all times while riding a Lextran bus as part of the free city transit program.

  • I would like to start using this benefit for my commute. How can I cancel my parking permit?

    • Return your parking permit either in person or by mail to UK Transportation Services, Press Avenue Garage, 721 Press Avenue. If you choose to return your permit in person, the office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    • Once the returned permit has been processed, UK Transportation Services will either issue you a pro-rated refund or stop payroll deduction for your permit, whichever is applicable in your situation.


Standard employee permits are $40 per month, or $480 per year. Employees who choose to park only at the south campus periphery (Kroger Field Red and Blue lots, Orange Lot, College Way West and East lots, Commonwealth Drive lot or the Large Gluck Lot) may purchase an EK permit for $34 per month, or $408 per year. The south campus periphery is served by continual and convenient bus service.

Parking maps may be found here.

Bus routes can be found here.


Kentucky Wildcab is a free, late night on-demand transportation option for UK students using four and six passenger vehicles. It’s funded, in part, by the UK Student Government Association and the Student Transportation Council and operated by UK Transportation Services. This free service is primarily designed to provide a ride home to UK students and their guests while promoting responsible late-night transportation decisions.

Visit this page to learn more about Kentucky Wildcab.