Parking & Transit Office

Transit Commission

The Transit Commission is the body that makes decisions regarding the transportation services, in particular KU on Wheels, JayLift, SafeRide, and SafeBus. Operational decisions made by the Transit Commission — those affecting day to day service — are considered final and are implemented as directed by Parking & Transit staff. Policy decisions are forwarded to the Provost for approval before implementation.

Members of the Transit Commission representing students, faculty, unclassified staff, and university support staff, are appointed by the Provost. Student members of the commission include representatives of AbleHawks, Daisy Hill, and the Student Senate Treasurer. If you are interested in serving on the Transit Commission, please contact University Governance at 785-864-5169.

The Transit Commission meets at least once per month, September through May, and special meetings may be called by the Chair or at the request of four members of the Commission.

In addition, the Transit Commission hosts a public hearing each winter, usually in February.

Please contact Margretta de Vries, (, the Transit Commission Secretary, for information about future meeting dates.

Minutes from Past Meetings


  • October
  • November
  • December
  • February
  • March
  • April


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
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
KU and Lawrence Transit gave 3 million rides in 2017.
KU on Wheels is funded by student fees and parking permit dollars.
KU off-campus routes will have service until 10:30 p.m. M-F beginning fall 2018.