Parking & Transit Office

Public Transportation has long been one of the ways to get up the steep hill we know as Mount Oread.  There is an excellent articles on the KU History page about the streetcars that operated 1910-1933.

Until 1971, Lawrence Bus Company operated the public transportation in Lawrence.  When LBC closed down its public operations, KU on Wheels was created to keep transportation for students on campus.  KU on Wheels operated under Student Senate from 1971 until 2007, when it moved to the KU Parking & Transit office. 

Major milestones since 2007 include:

  • Purchased buses beginning in 2007
  • Fare free since Fall 2008
  • More efficient use of student fees to provide better service

In our "down time", the Parking & Transit staff is researching the history of KU on Wheels from 1971 to 2005 in the University Archives.


We have operated since 1971, and KU has owned its own wheelchair-accessible buses since 2007
Two routes (11 and 29) are co-funded by KU and Lawrence Transit
KU and Lawrence Transit gave 2.9 million rides in 2012
Students, staff, and faculty can ride any bus in town FREE with their KU Card
We keep items found on a bus for two weeks
For safety and efficiency, board at the front of a bus and exit at the rear
Game-day shuttles operate two hours before kickoff / tipoff
All buses have bike racks (first come, first served)
Visibility around buses is extremely limited; don’t cross the street in front of a bus
Visibility around buses is extremely limited; don’t run after a bus once it starts to pull away
We allow drinks in permanent travel mugs only. No paper or plastic drink cups
SafeRide and SafeBus give students a free ride home late at night. Call 864-SAFE between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.
KU on Wheels is funded by student fees and parking permit dollars; 11 KU buses are federally funded buses