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Winter airport shuttle registration is open

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2023) — Winter Break is less than two weeks away! If you’re flying home over the break and need a ride to the airport, free shuttle service is available.

Students, faculty and staff can take advantage of free rides to and from Kroger Field to Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). This service is offered in partnership with the University of Kentucky Student Transportation Council.

Shuttles will leave campus 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Riders should plan to arrive at their departure airport at least two hours before take-off.

Return trips from the three airports to campus are scheduled for noon and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7.

Visit the Transportation Services website to sign up for a ride. Registration must be requested at least one day in advance.

For students who need assistance getting to Kroger Field, Transportation Services recommends using the on-campus Blue or White Route that runs every seven to 10 minutes. Service for the Blue and White Routes begins at 6:45 a.m. weekdays.

Riders should leave their residence halls 30 minutes prior to their airport shuttle departure time to ensure they have plenty of travel time to catch the shuttle. Airport shuttles depart from and return to gate six at Kroger Field.

Those returning to campus after the break will be able to catch the weekend Yellow Route from Kroger Field to the greater campus area. The Yellow Route will run from noon to midnight Sunday, Jan. 7.

If you book a seat on a shuttle and later discover that you need to cancel your reservation, please email UK Transportation Services or call 859-257-7202 so that your seat can be made available to someone else. 

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

Car batteries start to lose their power as the temperature starts to drop. Make plans now to prepare yourself for the upcoming colder weather. 

UK Transportation Services offers free jumpstarts, as well as additional discounted motorist assistance services for students, staff and faculty. In preparation for winter, add these numbers to your phone contacts:

During regular office hours (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday):

Call UK Transportation Services: 859-257-5757

After hours, on weekends and holidays:
Call Roberts Heavy Duty Towing and Recovery: 859-231-0197

Services offered:

Temperatures below 32 degrees can cause outright battery failure or sluggish starts. UK Transportation Services offers free on-campus battery jumpstarts for all UK parking permit holders, as well as UK HealthCare patients and their visitors.

Free jumpstarts are available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Use the above contact information, which is also conveniently located on the reverse side of your parking permit.

Additional motorist assistance services are available at a discounted rate, both on and off campus. These include:

  • flat-tire changes
  • off-campus battery jumpstarts
  • vehicle towing
  • vehicle lock-out services
  • out of fuel assistance (standard rate plus the cost of fuel) 

UK Transportation Services contracts with Lexington-based Roberts Heavy Duty Towing and Recovery for a variety of these vehicle services. If you’re a UK parking permit holder and run into issues anywhere within Fayette County, you can take advantage of all the above services for $59 if they’re provided within New Circle Road and $59 plus $3.50 per mile if provided outside of New Circle Road.

To be eligible for the UK discount, the contractor may ask for your valid UK parking permit number prior to providing the service. For your convenience, tow truck drivers accept cash, check or credit cards at the scene.

For more information, visit

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