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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. 

Two fixed day service routes (Hilltopper Route and Big Red Route) move passengers from point to point around campus.

On Saturdays, an off-campus route (Shopping Shuttle) is used to transport passengers to and from area shopping 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.

2019-2020 Service Summaries

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

Hours of Service:  7:15 AM - 9:00 PM

Service Frequency: 

  • 15 minute frequency 7:15 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 20 minute frequency 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • 25 minute frequency 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Service Area:  Travels between Main and South Campus.  It covers the central part of Main campus, traveling up Normal Street, down College Heights Blvd to Kentucky St. After 6:00 PM, the route extends to include the Kroger shopping center on Campbell Lane. 

Points of Interest: Campbell Lane; South Campus; Campus Evolution Villages; Creason Lot; Jones Jaggers; University Blvd Lot; Gary Ransdell Hall; Helm Library; EST; Cherry Hall; The Valley; McCormack Hall; Kentucky St Apartments; Alumni Square Garage; Midtown Apartments; The Columns; COHH; Grise Hall; Jody Richards Hall; PFT; Meredith Hall.  After 6:00 PM, the route extends to include Kroger shopping center.

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

Hours of Service:  7:15 AM - 9:15 PM

Service Frequency: 

  • 12 minute frequency 7:15 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 16 minute frequency 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • 30 minute frequency 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Service Area:  Provides service from the Russellville Road West Lot to Parking Structure 3, College Heights Blvd to the main academic corridor on Normal Street and State Street.  It also serves Chestnut South Lot, Park Street Lot and North Chestnut Lot.  After 6:00 PM, the route extends to include Walmart on Morgantown Rd. 

Points of Interest: Russellville Road West Lot; Parking Structure 3; Parking Structure 1; Schneider Hall; Gordon Wilson Hall; COHH; Grise Hall; Jody Richards Hall; Chestnut South Lot; Ogden St at Park Street; Park Street Lot; Chestnut North Lot; University Blvd Lot; Gary Ransdell Hall; Helm Library; EST; Cherry Hall; The Valley; DSU; and Keen Hall.  After 6:00 PM, the route extends to include Walmart on Morgantown Rd.

Day of Service:  Saturday during Fall and Spring Semesters.  Saturday and Wednesday during Intersession service and Holidays. 

Hours of Service: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saturday

Service Frequency:  60 minute frequency

Service Area:  The Green Line provides shuttle service from the Main Campus to Campbell Lane Lot and then shopping destinations along Campbell Lane.  

Points of Interest:  Campbell Lane; Campus Evolution Villages; Parking Structure 3; Kentucky Street Apartments; Parking Structure 1; Florence Schneider Hall; Gordon Wilson Hall; College High Hall; Grise Hall; Jody Richards Hall; Pearce Ford Tower; Meredith Hall; Parking Structure 3; Walmart; Greenwood Mall and Barnes & Noble.

Van Service

  •  On-Demand Van Service (TapRide)

Request a ride with the TapRide app.  Download TapRide and scroll to Western Kentucky Univeristy.  Enter your NetID and password in order to log-in and request a ride. 

Day of Service:  Sunday - Thursday during Fall and Spring semesters

Hours of Service:  6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Sunday; 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Monday - Thursday.

Service Area:  The on-demand van service will include service on Main Campus and South Campus.  Please call 270-745-2361 for service. 

 

Click HERE for 2018-2019 Alternate Schedules

NextBus

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 http://www.nextbus.com/wku to obtain the same information.

The bus stop codes needed to operate the system can be found at each campus stop on all four routes: White Line, Red Line, Green 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. 

South Campus Park and Ride Lots (C7 Permit)

A convenient alternative to trying to find a parking space on campus is to use the South Campus Park and Ride Lots (C7 Permit). This is a cost effective, time saving service.  Free transit service is provided by the Hilltopper Route from the Campbell Lane Lot or the South Campus Lot to main campus.

C7 Permits are only $50 per year and allow parking in the Campbell Lane and South Campus Lots at all times.  After 2 PM, C7 Permits are honored in lots zoned "OZ" (Overflow Zones), C1 (Parking Struture 2), C4 (Park Street Lot).  After 4:30 PM, C7 permits are valid in all lots except Housing. 

Hilltopper Route provides transit service approximately every 15 minutes during peak service.  Bus stops are conveniently located around the perimeter of campus and provide near "front door" service to many academic and residential buildings.

The South Campus Park and Ride service is recommended for students as a low-cost parking option.

Note:  It is the only permit available to students enrolled in the Gatton Academy of Math and Science.  This permit is not recommended for other Housing residents.

Para-transit Service

Para-transit service is available to faculty, staff, and students with a temporary or permanent disability who do not have reasonable access to shuttle services  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. 

Once registered, users may request para-transit service by downloading the TapRide app.  Inside the app, scroll to Western Kentucky University, enter your NetID and password to log-in and request a ride.  For more information on TapRide, visit www.tapridemobile.com.

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.

Language Assistance Provided at No Cost

For translated languages, WKU Parking and Transportation Services uses "Google Translate."  This is a FREE utility.  It has 71 supported languages that translates text from one language into another.  You simply type in one language and select the language in which you want the text to be translated. 

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Kentucky Relay Services

Kentucky Relay is a free public service for communication between standard (voice) users and persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the Internet.

  • TTY Users:  7-1-1 or 800-648-6056
  •  Hearing Users:   7-1-1or 800-648-6057
  •  TeleBraille Relay:  7-1-1 or 800-648-6056
  •  Spanish Relay: 
    • 711 or
    • 866-490-4403 (Spanish-to-Spanish)
    • 866-648-5946 (Spanish-to-English)
  • Voice Carry-Over (VCO):  7-1-1 or 866-648-5926
  • Hearing Carry-Over (HCO):  7-1-1 or 800-648-6056
  • Speech-to-Speech (STS): 
    • 7-1-1 or
    • 888-244-6111
    • 877-787-1989 (Customer Service for STS only)
  • Internet Relay:  www.sprintip.com
  • CapTel: 
    • For CapTel Caller: Dial person you're calling directly
    • For Hearing Callers:  877-243-2823
  • WebCapTel: 
    • For WebCapTel Caller:  Log-in at www.sprintcaptel.com
    • For Hearing Callers:  800-933-7219
  • 900 Services:  900-230-5369
  • Kentucky Relay Customer Service: 
    • 800-676-3777 (TTY / Voice / ASCII)
    • 800-676-4290 (Espanol - TTY/ Voz / ASCII)
    • Sprint.TRSCustServ@sprint.com (Email)

For more information, visit the Kentucky Relay Service website.

 
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 Last Modified 8/16/19