Winter Break Brings Changes to Parking, Transportation

By lasu224 · December 13, 2021

The upcoming winter break will impact campus parking control and bus services, both of which change significantly during breaks.
This year, the winter academic break begins on Saturday, Dec. 18, and runs through Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. Official UK staff holidays are Friday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.
Please see below for more details about parking, bus schedules, and holiday parking passes.
UK Employee Parking Lots & Structures
In general, all employee lots remain on control for permits, with the exception of the following dates:

  • Friday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

Student Parking Lots & Structures
Students with residential or periphery permits will be able to leave their vehicles in place over winter break if they would like to do so.

All student residential lots will remain on control for valid permits over winter break. Any valid UK permit will suffice for many residential areas. However, the following lots and structures require the specific permit for that area:

  • Seminary residential lots (R29 & R30)
  • Wildcat Coal Lodge lot (R17)
  • Rose Street Garage (R2)
  • Sports Center Garage (R7)
  • German House area (R18) 

Holiday Parking Passes
Students can also take advantage of a covered parking option to protect their vehicles from winter weather. UK Transportation Services is offering free holiday passes for students who have a valid UK permit and wish to move their vehicles to Cornerstone Garage (PS #5) -- a covered parking structure – for winter break.
These free passes are now available and can be picked up at the Transportation Services’ Customer Service Center in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6) or our satellite office in Cornerstone Garage (PS #5). If you wish to use a holiday pass, please be prepared to show your student ID and tell staff the make, model and license plate number of your vehicle.
Vehicles must be moved back to their authorized parking area by 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 10. Those that aren’t moved before that time will be assessed a $2 hourly parking fee, with a maximum fee of $16 per day.
UK HealthCare Parking Structures
With the exception of Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31, there are no changes to UK HealthCare policy which restricts employee parking in UK HealthCare patient/visitor parking garages and lots.

Attendants will not be on duty December 24-25, Dec. 31, or January 1. To ensure adequate parking for patients and visitors, employees are encouraged to use the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage (PS #3) on those days instead of the UK HealthCare Garage (PS #8).

Additional Parking Options:
In an effort to provide increased convenience during the winter semester break, UK Transportation Services is also authorizing permit holders with any valid UK parking permit to park on the upper floors of the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) and the Sports Center Garage (PS #7).

These changes are effective beginning Saturday, Dec. 18, through Friday, Jan. 7. Additional details are below:

Rose Street Garage (PS #2)

  • Levels 1-2 are restricted to E2/R2 core permits
  • Levels 3-5 are open to any valid UK permit, as space allows

 Sports Center Drive Garage (PS #7)

  • Level 1 is restricted to E7/R7/C7 core permits
  • Levels 2 and above are open to any valid UK permit, as space allows

Please note that the top level of both garages may be unavailable during a winter weather event.

Blue, White, and Green Route Bus Service
The weekday campus Blue, White and Green bus routes will operate on a normal schedule through Friday, Dec. 17.
The buses will operate on a modified “limited” schedule of 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates: 

  • Monday, Dec. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 23
  • Monday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 7

The buses will not be in service on these dates:

  • Friday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 2

Regular Blue and White bus service schedules resumes on Monday, Jan. 10.

Also beginning Monday, Jan. 10, the campus Green Route will have new hours of service. Service will remain unchanged from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. After 10 p.m., riders will now be able to request On Demand Service for transportation to and from the West Blue Lot Shelter at Kroger Field and their residence in Greg Page or Shawneetown.

On-Demand Service can be requested by calling 859-257-RIDE (7433).

Yellow Route Bus Service
The campus Yellow Route will operate on Sunday, Jan. 9, with extended hours of 9 a.m. to midnight, with regular service resuming on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Orange Route Campus Buses
The Orange Route (UK HealthCare) will not operate on Friday, Dec. 24, or Friday, Dec. 31.

It will run from 5:30 a.m. to midnight December 27-30, but will operate with a reduced fleet consisting of two buses in the morning and two in the afternoon and evening.

The Orange Route will return to its normal service schedule beginning on Monday, Jan. 3.

On-Demand Night Bus
The On-Demand Night Bus will not be in service Friday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 2. Service will resume on Monday, Jan. 3.

Kentucky Wildcab
The last day of Kentucky Wildcab service for the fall semester was Saturday, Dec. 11. Kentucky Wildcab will resume its normal Thursday through Saturday schedule beginning on Thursday, Jan. 13.

If you have questions or need more information, please visit our website or email UK Transportation Services.

UK Transportation Services strives to improve the quality of life on campus by offering responsive, sustainable and reliable access to infrastructure and mobility solutions. To learn more about transportation options, follow Transportation Services on Twitter @UKParking, or visit us online at