Published on Jul 24, 2017

Dr. Julian and Jill Barnett signing the Class Pass agreement with SGA members in attendanceLEXINGTON, Ky. — A new pre-paid fare program called the “BCTC Class Pass” has been developed between Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Lextran, to provide BCTC students a free ride to Lexington BCTC campuses.

Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president, and Jill Barnett, assistant general manager of Lextran, signed the agreement July 24 at the BCTC Newtown Campus in Lexington.

With parking at a premium at BCTC Lexington campuses, and parking changes by the University of Kentucky (UK) at the Cooper Campus of BCTC, the college saw a need to encourage bus ridership, and Lextran quickly got on board. Their program with UK had been a great success and Lextran works to provide an easy alternative transportation mode for students to get to classes. BCTC is opening the program broadly to Lexington riders whether students or faculty and staff.

The program starts August 1 and any route in Lexington is accessible with the pass. Passes will be distributed to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. A valid BCTC student ID or employee ID number will be required to obtain a bus pass. Lextran will assist new riders with how-to-ride sessions and routing information.

“We think this will give students a very good option for getting to campus,” said Dr. Julian. “We know many students have financial challenges and hope this gives them support to go to college. We appreciate Lextran’s commitment to this effort as we share goals of helping people get the services they need. Faculty and staff can use this great transportation option as well.”

A ceremonial presentation of the first “Class Pass” was made to Marc Blunk, college senator of the BCTC Student Government Association (SGA), Victorene Frimpong, secretary of SGA, and Hope Thornton of the BCTC Student Support Services program. Thornton, a bus rider, said the new pass was “a positive change for college students who are trying to save money. This will give students better access to different campuses, and will be an overall good thing.”

“It’s great for someone who doesn't have easy access to transportation,” said Frimpong. “This will really impact lives.” Asked how he thought students would react to the announcement, Blunk said it would be a “life-changing” experience for students who rely on the bus for transportation.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our partnership with BCTC,” said Jill Barnett, assistant general manager of Lextran. “Lextran routes serve each of the three BCTC campuses in Lexington, and we believe the BCTC Class Pass will remove a barrier to education and employment and strengthen our ridership.”

BCTC students will be able to request a BCTC Class Pass online. More information and details will be announced the first week of classes.

Photo caption: Dr. Augusta Julian, president of BCTC, and Jill Barnett, assistant general manager of Lextran, signed the new “BCTC Class Pass” agreement on July 24 at the BCTC Newtown Campus in Lexington. Under the agreement, students will be able to ride free on Lextran’s buses to BCTC campuses in Lexington during the 2017-18 school year. The program is also open to BCTC faculty and staff. The new pre-paid fare program will go into effect in the upcoming fall semester. Attending the signing ceremony were from left to right, first row: Hope Thornton, BCTC student; Marc Blunk, SGA student senator; Victorene Frimpong, SGA Secretary. Second row, left to right: Jill Barnett, assistant general manager of Lextran; and Dr. Augusta Julian, president of BCTC.