Transportation Master Plan
The University of Kentucky is continuing work on a Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aimed at improving access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.
The TMP will align with our Campus Master Plan—the blueprint for our campus transformation that‘s allowing us to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. And, it is also a time when campus engagement is crucial. We want to receive your input and feedback on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking, and mobility.
Over the past many months, there has been a comprehensive process of gathering information and input regarding the challenges and opportunities for transportation and mobility on campus. Based on the feedback received to date and their analysis, Sasaki and Associates submitted draft recommendations and an associated financial plan to UK.
“The university will continue to foster an open dialogue with the campus community throughout this process,” Monday said. ”We want to reach as many people as possible who are affected by campus transportation.”
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Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm helping develop the TMP, submitted a final report to the institution with recommendations based upon feedback received through numerous forums and discussions over the past year. The recommendations represent a flexible roadmap that will allow UK to gradually evolve the campus parking and transportation system to meet the needs of campus. University leaders are continuing to consider the recommendations prior to making decisions about a limited first phase as part of gradual implementation of a master plan.
We are committed to keeping the campus informed as we proceed.
The BluPass program began on July 1, 2015, allowing University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff may ride any Lextran bus route free of charge simply by showing their valid Wildcard ID. Due to the program’s tremendous success, the program has been extended through June 2019.
Lextran buses travel 21 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.
As October 2016, BluePass has been used for more than 1.1 million rides.
- What is BluPass and how does it work?
- BluPass 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 BluPass program?
- BluPass 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 the BluPass program.
- When will BluPass begin?
- BluPass began July 1, 2015. On April 19, 2016, Parking and Transportation Services announced that the partnership would continue through June 2019.
- Do I need to update my Wildcard ID in order to use BluPass?
- No, all current Wildcard IDs will be accepted for free rides on Lextran buses via the BluPass program. Simply show your ID to the driver when you board the bus.
- Is BluPass limited to campus Lextran routes?
- No, BluPass means that UK students, faculty and staff have free, unlimited rides on all 21 Lextran routes.
- I’m not sure if Lextran is convenient for my commute. Where can I find their routes?
- Lextran routes may be found at www.lextran.com/routes
- What are the benefits of BluPass?
- In addition to the immediate personal savings associated with reduced vehicle operating and parking costs, participation in the BluPass 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.
- The BluPass program is funded by UK Parking and Transportation Services as a proactive effort to decrease single occupancy vehicle use and ultimately reduce campus parking demand.
- Is the BluPass program available year round?
- The BluPass program is available year-round for one year, beginning on July 1, 2015. After that time, the University and Lextran will have the opportunity to renew the BluPass agreement.
- 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 use BluPass?
- Yes, retirees with valid Wildcard IDs may use BluPass.
- Does BluPass extend to family and friends of the Wildcard ID holder?
- No, BluPass is only for the Wildcard ID holder. BluPass 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 BluPass program.
I would like to start using BluPass for my commute. How can I cancel my parking permit?
You will need to return the permit either in person or by mail to Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (721 Press Avenue). If you choose to return your permit in person, the office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Once the returned permit has been processed, PTS 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 $37 per month, or $444 per year. This represents a $3 per month increase in rates. However, PTS is also offering a no-cost increase option. Employees who choose to park only at the south campus periphery (Commonwealth Stadium Red, Blue or Orange Lots, 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.
Kentucky Wildcab is a free, late night on-demand transportation option for UK students, provided by the UK Student Government Association and operated by Parking and Transportation Services using 4-, 6- and 14-passenger vehicles. This free service is primarily designed to provide a ride home to UK students and their guests while promoting responsible late-night transportation decisions.
Kentucky Wildcab has provided rides to more than 1,500 passengers in its first four weeks of service.
The university released a request for proposal (RFP) seeking proposals to construct a mixed-use retail and parking development on the Jersey Street lot location near the north end of campus. The timing of a potential project will be dependent upon responses to the RFP that seeks potential partners interested in:
- Developing a project on the current Jersey Street lot that provides ground-floor retail to service the needs of the campus, the surrounding neighborhood, and the broader downtown community.
- Constructing a multi-level parking structure above the retail space that fits within the context of the built environment of surrounding neighborhoods and downtown. A new parking structure would significantly expand that parking capacity for both the campus and nearby business community and public.
- Designing a structure that is consistent with the design of urban and downtown buildings as well.
The campus community has been heavily involved in the TMP planning process from the beginning. At the end of January, UK hosted two public forums to receive feedback from the university community. A representative from Sasaki and Associates presented a timeline for the plan, answered questions from the audience and noted the feedback that audience members provided.
Sasaki and Associates returned to the campus in late March to host a second round of public forums and to present preliminary solutions for the campus community to consider. These concepts were highly informed by community feedback.
The third and final round of public forums for the UK Transportation Master Plan took place on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
Click the link below to view a video from one of the forums.
Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the TMP, returned to campus for the second round of public forums on March 26th. Sasaki presented preliminary transportation solutions for the campus community to consider. These concepts were highly informed by the wealth of feedback that we received during two January sessions, through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey, from which we received nearly 5,000 responses. The feedback that we received at these March forums will continue to shape the recommendations that ultimately result in the Transportation Master Plan.
The presentation given at the March forums as well as videos of the forums can be linked to below:
- March Transportation Master Plan Open Forum Presentation by Sasaki
- 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital
- 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 230
The presentation given at the January forums as well as videos of the forums can be linked to below:
- January Transportation Master Plan Open Forum Presentation by Sasaki
- Wednesday, January 28th from 9:30-11am in the Student Center Center Theater
- Thursday, January 29th from 2:30-4pm in the Pav A Auditorium at Chandler Hospital
The planning team has been receiving feedback on these important issues from the TMP online survey – developed and administered with the University of Kentucky Transportation Center – which yielded more than 5,000 responses – and through the EVPFA website (www.uky.edu/evpfa).
Members of the community are encouraged to visit the EVPFA website throughout the summer to stay apprised of TMP progress, review draft plans and provide valuable feedback.
Additional feedback and input can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.