Parking & Transit Office

KU Transit Facility

In 2010, KU Parking & Transit built an 18,000-square foot Transit Facility on the north side of Lawrence.  The building and adjacent parking lots for buses and employee vehicles cover 8 acres. 

One of our priorities at the Transit Facility is to be as environmentally friendly as possible.  Although it does not have an official "LEED" status, the building was built with those standards in mind.  Some of the "green" features of the facility include:

  • a closed grey-water system for the bus wash
  • vegetative bioswale to filter the water run-off before it reaches groundwater
  • furniture acquired from KU's Environmental Stewardship Surplus program

This was a fast-paced design-build project — see how the building was built in under 8 months!


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