KU's Student Senate oversees the funding of KU on Wheels, JayLift, and SafeRide/SafeBus. The funding for these programs are part of the required campus fees, and are reviewed by Student Senate's Finance Committee and Fee Review Subcommittee on an annual basis.
The three fees are the Transportation Fee (for the operations of KU on Wheels & JayLift), the Bus Acquisition Fee (for the purchase of buses), and the SafeRide/SafeBus Fee (for the operations of SafeRide and SafeBus).
Usually, fee increases are "inflationary", based on the rising costs of fuel and of our contract for service, or are requested in order to add new service. In 2007, Student Senate approved a $20 fee increase for the purchase of buses, and in 2008, the KU student body voted to approve a referendum for an additional $20 fee increase in order to make the buses "fare free" for all students instead of having to buy bus passes. In the following academic year, our ridership nearly doubled!
The Student Body President also recommends 7 of the 10 members of the Transit Commission, which is appointed by and makes recommendations to the Provost.
Ask a KU student Senator if you have any concerns regarding your student fees.