Campus News

Parking, Transportation Changes Over Winter Break

Mark Cornelison l UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky (Dec. 16, 2019) — University of Kentucky campus parking control and bus services change significantly during the break between fall and spring semesters. UK Transportation Services takes a number of parking areas off control during portions of winter break. Campus bus service also operates on a modified schedule. 

Please see below for detailed parking and transportation-related changes during winter break.

UK Employee Parking Lots and Structures

In general, all employee lots remain on control for permits, with the exception of Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. 

Student Parking Lots and Structures

The Kroger Field student periphery (K) lots (Blue, Red, College Way East & West and Wildcat Court) and most student residential lots will not be controlled for permits during portions of winter break, with the exception of the Seminary area residential lots (R29 & R30), the Wildcat Coal Lodge Lot (R17) and the German House area (R18). For a detailed schedule of parking control dates, visit our permit and control calendar.

Students with a valid UK permit are allowed to leave their vehicles parked in the periphery lots over winter break. As an alternative, Transportation Services is offering free holiday passes for students who have a valid UK permit and wish to relocate their vehicles to the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) — a covered parking structure — during the break. These free passes are available beginning today, Monday, Dec. 16, and can be picked up at the Transportation Services’ customer service centers in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6) or the South Limestone Garage (PS #5). The passes can be used for the fourth floor of the parking structure and above. If you wish to use a holiday pass, please be prepared to tell staff the make and model number of your vehicle.

UK HealthCare Parking Structures With the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day, 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 Dec. 25 or Jan. 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).  

Blue, White and Green Route Campus Buses The campus Blue, White and Green bus routes will operate on a normal schedule through Friday, Dec. 20. 

The buses will operate on a modified schedule of 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates:  

  • Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3
  • Monday, Jan. 6 through Friday, Jan. 10. 

The buses will not be in service on these dates: 

  • Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1
  • Saturday, Jan. 4 and Sunday, Jan. 5
  • Saturday, Jan. 11 

Regular Blue, White, and Green campus bus service schedules begin Monday, Jan. 13.

Yellow Route Campus Buses The campus Yellow Route will run as usual Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15, but then will not resume weekend service again until Sunday, Jan. 12. 

Orange Route Campus Buses The Orange Route (UK HealthCare Shuttle) will not operate on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). It will run from 5:30 a.m. to midnight on Dec. 23, 24, 26, 27 and on Dec. 30 and 31, but will operate with a reduced fleet consisting of two buses in the morning and two in the afternoon and evening, due to lower demand and less traffic congestion during this period. 

The Orange Route will return to normal service beginning Thursday, Jan. 2. 

UK HealthCare’s patient/visitor shuttle between the UK HealthCare Garage and Pav A and Pav H will operate on a normal schedule every day, Sunday through Saturday, from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. The patient/visitor shuttle that operates between the UK HealthCare Garage and the Kentucky Clinic will not operate on Christmas and New Year’s Day but will run a normal schedule all other days, Monday through Friday. 

UK HealthCare shuttle service from Pav A to Good Samaritan Hospital will not be in service on Christmas or New Year’s Day, but will otherwise run a normal schedule all other days, Monday through Friday.

On-Demand Night Bus The On-Demand Night Bus will not operate Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. Service will resume Thursday, Jan. 2. 

Kentucky Wildcab The last day of Kentucky Wildcab service for the fall semester will be Saturday, Dec. 14. Kentucky Wildcab will resume its normal Thursday through Saturday schedule beginning Thursday, Jan. 16.

In addition, the Barnhart building will be closed throughout winter break for security purposes. Therefore, the pedway over Cooper Drive will be inaccessible beginning 6 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019. The normal schedule for the pedway will resume Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Personnel who typically use the pedway are encouraged to use the Orange Route shuttle or the underpass via the pedestrian walk along Veteran’s Drive during this time.


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