Monday, June 4, 2018
For those employees who travel to campus by car, University of Kentucky Transportation Services is now accepting employee intermediate and periphery parking permit renewal applications. We are pleased to announce that permit prices remain unchanged for intermediate employee permits and south campus periphery permits (Kroger Field Red, Blue, or Orange lots, or the large Gluck lot) for the 2018-19 permit year.
The 2018-2019 parking permits must be displayed no later than Saturday, July 1, 2018.
We encourage employees to renew their permits as early as possible at www.uky.edu/transportation.
Employees may also apply for permit renewal via campus mail by using printable forms found at www.uky.edu/transportation/help-and-resources_forms or in person at Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (Parking Structure #6). Office hours for permit sales are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Transportation Services will also offer special Saturday permit sales hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 24 and July 1.
It is important to remember that, when we think about mobility across the UK campus, automobiles are only one option among a suite of transportation alternatives. Over the past several years, the University of Kentucky has implemented the UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Throughout this process, the University’s suite of mobility alternatives, has not only expanded the number of options that improve access to, from, and around campus, but it also has benefited the campus, community, and environment.
We’ve achieved this success in partnership with the UK community. Feedback from the students, faculty, and staff who navigate this campus every day has empowered us to develop and strengthen these transportation initiatives:
- UK Transportation Services launched a pilot “cash out” incentive program this year for employees who choose to forgo bringing a motor vehicle to campus for one year. The program will give up to 200 qualified employees each up to $200 over a one-year period, that will be divided evenly on each paycheck during that time period.
- UK Transportation Services developed a partnership with Zipcar to provide a new, quick and convenient transportation opportunity. Zipcar provides an option for anyone who only needs a vehicle occasionally. The cars are easily accessible, as they are positioned near campus bus stops in the Woodland Avenue Lot and on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
- UK Transportation Services implemented a pilot bicycle voucher program aimed at encouraging students and employees to consider alternatives to driving a vehicle to campus. The bicycle voucher program gives up to 100 qualified students and employees each four $100 vouchers to spend at participating local bicycle shops.
- In 2015, UK and Lextran formed the BluPass program, a partnership which allows all UK students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran bus route free of charge when they show their Wildcard ID. In 2016, the BluPass program reached a landmark of 1.1 million rides. In 2017, ridership nearly doubled; As of this past January, the BluPass program has provided more than 2.1 million rides in Lexington. The partnership has been so successful, we renewed it through June of 2019.
- In May, UK announced a new partnership with Spin that will provide the UK community with a station-less bikeshare service to increase mobility options across campus. UK students, staff and faculty can rent the bikes for 50 cents per half hour ride. Ride credits with Spin are one of the benefits included for certain member groups in UK’s new Commute Club.
To help employees and students more easily navigate the wide variety of transportation modes available, Transportation Services is now offering free personalized commute planning assistance. This initiative showcases our commitment to the UK family—continuous improvement and innovative thinking to serve the campus’ mobility needs and to promote sustainability.
Visit www.uky.edu/transportation/commuteplanning to sign up for personalized commute planning assistance.
Enhancing mobility across our campus is an important, ongoing, and interactive process. We will continue to engage with members of the UK family to develop transportation initiatives aimed to better serve our community. After all, supporting the important work taking place across the UK campus is our ultimate goal.
Have a great week.
Eric N. Monday