Western Kentucky University

Transit

Transportation Services

Click Here for 2013-14 Topper Transit Shuttle Guide

WKU Transportation Services is committed to providing safe, courteous, and efficient transportation for students, faculty, staff, and the general public to the WKU campus.  A variety of transit services are provided for the WKU community.  Service is free to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  Shuttle services are also available for special university events.

Three fixed day service routes (White Line, Red Line, and Blue Line) move passengers from point to point around campus.

Three off-campus routes (Green Line, Yellow Line, and Purple Line) are used to transport passengers to and from area shopping, recreation, and housing centers. 

Para-transit service is provided for disabled passengers and requires an ADA boarding pass, which is available at the PTS office at no charge.  All Topper Transit buses are wheelchair lift equipped.

Day Service Fixed Routes:

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White Line

Route map

Full Route Schedule 

Days of Service:  Monday - Friday during Spring and Fall semesters; No service during Intersession Service or Holidays.

Hours of Service:  7:10 AM - 6:00 PM

Service Frequency:  Service frequency varies.  Please refer to Nextbus for exact times.

Service Area:  Travels between main and south campus.  It covers the central part of main campus, traveling up Normal Street and down College Heights Blvd.

Points of Interest:  South Campus; Campbell Lane Commuter Lot; Parking & Transportation Service (PTS); Creason Parking Lot; Gary Ransdell Hall; MMTH; Helm Library; Grise Hall; ES&T; COHH; Cherry Hall; The Valley; Parking Structures 1 & 2; DSU; and Keen Hall. 

Red Line 

Route map

Full Route Schedule

Days of Service:  Monday - Friday during Spring and Fall Semesters; No service during Intersession Service and Holidays.

Hours of Service:  7:25 AM - 5:00 PM

Service Frequency:  10 minute frequency from 7:25 AM to 4:00 PM; 20 minute frequency from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Service Area:  The Red Line travels between main campus and south campus. It covers the eastern edge of campus, traveling up Chestnut Street and down Normal Street.

Points of Interest:  South Campus; Campbell Lane Commuter Lot; Parking & Transportation Service (PTS); Gary Ransdell Hall; MMTH; Helm Library; Grise Hall; ES&T; COHH; PFT; South Chestnut Parking Lot; and North Chestnut Parking Lot.

Blue Line 

Route map

Full Service Schedule

Days of Service:  Monday – Friday during Spring and Fall Semesters; No service during Intersession Service and Holidays.

Hours of Service:  7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Service Frequency:  Continuous 15 minute frequency.

Service Area:  The Blue Line serves the northwest quadrant of campus, traveling up Kentucky Street, Center Street, and down College Heights Blvd.

Points of Interest:  Alumni Square Parking Garage; The Apartments at 1302 Kentucky St; Center St. Gravel Commuter Lot; The Columns Student Apartments; Cherry Hall; The Valley; DSU; Parking Structures 1 & 2; and Keen Hall.

 

Evening Service Fixed Routes:

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Green Line

Route map

Weekday Full Route Schedule

Weekend Full Route Schedule

Days of Service:  Monday – Saturday during Fall and Spring Semesters; Reduced Service during Intersession and Holidays.

Hours of Service:  6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Weekdays; 4:00 Pm - 8:00 PM Saturdays

Service Frequency:  Continuous 30 minute frequency Weekdays; Continuous 60 minute frequency Saturdays.

Service Area:  The Green Line provides shuttle service from the main campus to south campus and then shopping destinations along Campbell Lane.

Points of Interest:  South Campus; Campbell Lane Commuter Lot; Creason Parking Lot; Gary Ransdell Hall; MMTH; Helm Library; Grise Hall; ES&T; COHH; Cherry Hall; The Valley; DSU; Keen Hall; The Gables; Great Escape Theatre; Big Lots; Kroger; WalMart; Greenwood Mall; and Barnes & Noble.


Purple Line

Route Map

Full Route Schedule

Days of Service:  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during Fall and Spring Semesters; No Service during Intersession Service and Holidays.

Hours of Service:  10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Service Frequency:  Continuous 20 minute frequency.

Service Area:  The Purple Line provides late evening shuttle service from the main campus to downtown along Chestnut and College Street and to off campus housing on Creason Drive and Campbell Lane.

Points of Interest:  Western Place Apartments; Daystar Apartments; Campus Pointe; College Suites; The Gables; Chestnut and Ogden; North Chestnut Parking Lot; Overtime Bar & Grill; Tidball's; downtown Bowling Green; The Valley; and Keen Hall.


NEXTbus

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Topper Transit utilizes the latest in tracking technology. The NEXTbus system uses a geo-positioning system to track the location of each bus, on each route, and relay that information, in real-time, back to the information center. The system takes the guesswork out of the arrival times of the buses to particular stops. Riders can simply call (270) 392-3193, enter the bus stop code, and listen to the arrival time of the next bus to that location. Riders with internet accessibility can log on to www.wku.edu/nextbus to obtain the same information.

The bus stop codes needed to operate the system can be found at each campus stop on all six routes: White Line, Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Yellow Line, and Purple Line.  Note: Off campus Shopping Shuttle stops may not be currently identified with a sign.  Each bus is supplied with a ride guide. 

NEXTbus program has been initiated by Topper Transit as an additional means of offering improved customer service, visibility, and increased ridership. The new service will provide Topper Transit riders with reliable and relevant passenger information. This is particularly valuable to passengers waiting in inclement weather or those unaware of an interruption of service.


Park 'n Ride (Campbell Lane Lot and South Campus Lot)

A convenient alternative to trying to find a parking space on campus is to use the Campbell Lane or South Campus Park and Ride Lots. This is a cost effective, time saving service.  Transit service is provided from the Campbell Lane Lot or the South Campus Lot to main campus.

South Campus parking permits are only $50/year for students. South Campus permits are honored in the Campbell Lane Lot and the South Campus Lot.  In addition, South Campus permits are honored on the main campus in All Permit Zones and Commuter zones (except PS2) after 2:00 PM. They are also honored in all zones (except Housing) after 4:30 PM.

The White Line and the Red Line routes provide transit service approximately every 10 minutes during the academic year. Bus stops are conveniently located around the perimeter of campus and provide near "front door" service to many academic and residential buildings.

The Park and Ride service is recommended for commuting students who arrive to campus between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, for residential students taking classes at South Campus, or residential students seeking a low cost parking alternative.


Para-transit Service

Para-transit service is an on-call service available to faculty, staff and students with a temporary or permanent disability who do not have reasonable access to shuttle services. All Topper Transit buses are wheelchair lift equipped.  This option is determined on a case by case basis through the Parking & Transportation Department. Registration is required.  For more information, call 270-745-2361. 

GObg, Bowling Green's public transit system, provides paratransit service throughout the City of Bowling Green. For more information, contact the GObg Office at 270-782-3162 or e-mail them at mailto:contact@casoky.org

 

GObg Public Transit

The City of Bowling Green offers public transit service to its citizens as GObg. The GObg routes extend to the WKU campus with several popular stops. The GObg purple line includes transportation to area supermarkets and local apartment complexes. To learn more about the service, go to http://www.casoky.org/transportation.  

Unlimited ride bus passes, for a full semester, are available at the PTS office for only $10.00. Get yours today and see just how easy it is to be car-free on campus.

 

 

What's New?


No Service and Limited Service Dates (click here)


 

TRANSIT ALERT

The Topper Transit Purple Line will now provide continuous 20-minute frequency from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM Thursday - Saturday.


TRANSIT ALERT

The Topper Transit Green Line bus stop at the Greenwood Mall has been moved from the J.C. Penny entrance to a mall entrance. Drivers will announce the new location.


 

Alumni Square Garage

The Alumni Square Garage opened in Fall 2012 and is located on the north side of campus.  Transit service is be provided by the Blue Line.

WKU students, faculty, and staff are eligible to buy permits for the garage will enjoy guaranteed parking within the facility for only $200 per year.  That's Guaranteed Parking for only $200 per year!

The Alumni Square Garage also offers "pay as you go parking" with credit card validations, one day permit parking, and event parking.  Permit sales are limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

 Last Modified 1/29/14