By Rashad Bigham
The PTS (Parking and Transportation Services) Ride Home Express is a bus service traveling to hometowns and other destinations during the major academic breaks. The service, which is entering its sixth year of operation, provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel.
Depart: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Return: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Depart: Friday, December 18, 2015
Return: Sunday, January 10, 2016
Depart: Friday, March 11, 2016
Return: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Ride Home Express will run Nov. 24 and Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving break; it will run Dec. 18 and Jan. 10 for winter break. For the 2015-2016 edition of the Ride Home Express, PTS will operate three routes, with a total of 15 stops.
Riders may bring one large piece of luggage, one small piece of luggage and one carry-on item.
Routes and fares (click image to enlarge)
UK students are able to reserve a round-trip seat via the Web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. BCTC students are also able to purchase round-trip tickets online with their KCTCS login. Ride Home Express tickets will be available under the “Purchase Permits” section once logged in. All other riders must purchase their seats from the UK parking office in person. One-way fares may only be purchased in person or over the telephone.
Tickets will not be issued. All passengers will be added to a manifest and will need to bring a photo ID to board the bus. Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination; a complete price list is listed below. Maps are linked to the route or stop name, and will open in a new window.
PTS recommends purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the event that a route sells out, PTS will maintain wait lists. If you are on a wait list, you will be contacted via email when and if an additional bus is added to your preferred route.
Riders will not be able to change their departure or boarding location without notifying PTS staff at firstname.lastname@example.org and receiving written confirmation of approved location change. Such requests will not be reviewed outside of regular business hours.