The route only runs at twice a day – 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. It is targeted at those commuting to work along three key stops between the downtown Lexington Transit Depot and the Walmart at the Nicolasville Road and Man ‘O War Crossing.
Route 23 begins at the Transit Depot moving outbound to the Kentucky Clinic, Central Baptist Hospital, Walmart and back.
After calling a Lextran information line to catch the afternoon ride, I was told that the Route 23 bus would arrive at my Chandler Hospital stop at 4:52 p.m. That estimation was exactly right, as the bus pulled up just before the clock struck 4:53 p.m.
The bus was not full, but it was close to it. 18 passengers were on board including myself when I boarded the bus (for free, as a UK student with a Wildcard ID.) The majority of the front of the bus was occupied, but I found a spot in the back with more than enough room to stay comfortable.
Bus driver Kim Abdullah said that the other 17 passengers on board are regulars on Route 23.
“Some get on downtown, others maybe at the Kentucky Center,” Abdullah said. “But generally all the same people will ride back to the Walmart just about every day.”
The bus was pretty hot, running without any air conditioning. Top windows were tilted down to circulate natural air. Abdullah said that the bus used for Route 23 on this particular day was an older model in the rotation of Lextran buses. Older models only support either heated or air conditioning depending on the season. This bus was only able to run heat with winter approaching.
Seven new buses will replace the older Lextrans “soon,” Abdullah said, but was unsure when the transition would take place.
Route 23 serves as a great way to get from Point A to Point B quickly if looking to commute. Those hoping to get groceries should ride the Route 5 bus back, which stops at each of Route 23’s stops and more.