Lexingtonians who have never ridden a LexTran bus and visitors who have never seen one might become intimately acquainted with them during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Starting Saturday, LexTran will offer shuttle service to the Kentucky Horse Park during the Games for $1 each way from the downtown transit center on Vine Street. Patrons also may board the bus near their homes and ask for transfers, then pick up the shuttle downtown.
Buses will leave for the Horse Park most days as early as 6 a.m. The last shuttle will leave the Horse Park after the final competition of the day at the Games.
Parking at the Games will be $20 in cash each day. VIP parking is $100 a day.
LexTran buses can carry 35 to 40 seated passengers, with room for standing, and they will be running every half hour. They will stop at selected intersections and hotels along the route.
LexTran spokeswoman Jill Barnett said the transit authority will increase the number of buses if demand is high. It also might adjust the time estimates or add buses depending on traffic. Ten extra buses have been added from Northern Kentucky and Louisville to LexTran's usual 70.
The city is urging residents with concerns about downtown parking to take LexTran for Spotlight Lexington entertainment events. LexTran will extend its hours to assure that passengers have plenty of time to get home after late events; the last pull-out from downtown for routes including Richmond, Leestown, Tates Creek, Hamburg and Nicholasville roads will be 1:20 a.m., rather than the usual 11:20 p.m.
Service is $1 each way.
A special shuttle will operate for Friday evening's Blake Shelton concert at Courthouse Plaza. For $10, riders may park at The Red Mile and catch a ride downtown for the concert. The shuttle will operate from 4:30 to 11 p.m.
Alltech also is urging college students, who are receiving free admission to WEG events Sunday, to take the LexTran shuttle.
Passengers ages 7 to 18 will pay 80 cents per ride; children younger than 6 are free. Those 62 and older will pay 50 cents.
Whatever your mode of transportation, leave early and be patient.
"Any time you have this many people in a special event, everybody needs to be mindful to leave a little early and pay attention to the Web sites for updates so that everybody can arrive comfortably," said David Boggs, Lexington's deputy chief of police.