By: Kate Carpenter, The Kentucky Kernel
Getting to campus can become quite the complicated process if you don’t know where to look.
But, have no fear. I have your back. When you break down the different ways you can get to campus, there are only about four logical ways. One way is taking the bus. A second is to bike. A third is to drive. A fourth is walking.
LexTran offers a bus route that stops in 25-minute intervals at University Courtyards Apartments on Nicholasville Road and any other LexTran bus stop on the route. This service, fittingly named the “True Blue Express,” runs Monday through Friday from 6:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6:15 a.m. You can either buy a pass or pay the fare. A 30-day unlimited pass for adults is $30, a 20-ride punch pass is $15, or a class pass is $50 per semester or $75 for the school year. The regular adult fare is $1. The student fare is $.80, with your student ID of course.
Biking, just like driving, is regulated on UK’s campus. If you have a bike on campus, you need a bicycle permit. The permit is free of charge and is available online or at Parking Structure no. 5 or no. 6. If you choose to ignore the fact you need to get a permit, your bike could be impounded.
Driving to campus is a third option. Paying for parking through the university is one way to do it. Parking permits are available at the beginning of the school year and are sold until they run out. If you live at least one mile off campus and have at least 60 credit hours, you can buy a commuter pass. The commuter pass is $124 per semester, or $248 per year. On campus, meter parking is also available. These meters have either 45-minute or three-hour limits, and are controlled 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
If you want to park for free on campus, start early. On streets such as Maxwell, Transylvania, Woodland and Linden Walk, parking on the street is available. But paying attention to the signs is a must. For example, on Maxwell, you cannot park there on the first Wednesday of the month because of street cleaning. And you also must be extremely talented at parallel parking.
The last option is walking. But in cold or rainy weather, we all know this may not be the best choice.