LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2019) — Do you have an idea that could improve transportation options for University of Kentucky students? If so, the Student Transportation Fee Council (STFC) would like to hear about it.
The STFC is seeking proposals for transportation programs, partnerships and initiatives that will enhance students’ mobility options. Any UK student or employee can submit a funding proposal for a new transportation initiative focusing on student needs.
"Our council is excited to hear your new ideas, and we ultimately want to help approve and fund your proposed program," said Edward Lo, director of operations for STFC.
STFC has already garnered success with several previous projects, including the campus Yellow Route. The Yellow Route is a Sunday bus service that runs from noon until midnight, providing students with a weekend on-campus transit option. STFC, in partnership with the Student Government Association and Transportation Services, also funds the popular Kentucky Wildcab service, UK’s late-night, on-demand transportation option. Most recently, STFC approved funding for a one-year pilot project that provides for regional airport shuttles that travel from campus to Louisville and Cincinnati airports over academic breaks.
“Working with students to create transportation initiatives that serve their unique needs is very rewarding,” said Sandra Broadus, Alternative Transportation manager for Transportation Services. “I know it can seem like UK is such a big school that it’s hard for individual students to have their voices heard. But this council is a way for anyone with a good idea to share it and have the opportunity for it to become a reality.”
Visit STFC online to learn more about the council or to submit a proposal. Project proposals are due one week before scheduled meetings. They will be considered based upon their potential to meet the organization’s mission and objectives, as well as the ability to document success and tangible results for students. Applicants should feel free to contact any council member for assistance, particularly if they need help estimating the costs of implementing their idea.
The STFC, a group of volunteer student members, was founded during the 2017-18 academic year to direct how student fee money is spent. Five dollars per semester is paid by each student, which provides STFC with approximately $250,000 per year in discretionary funds.