KU launches airport shuttle pilot program

December 6, 2019

KU Transportation Services is excited to launch an airport shuttle pilot program for students at the University of Kansas. The service is intended to provide an affordable, reliable mode of transportation to and from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) for Winter Break.

Rates are set at just $27 per passenger, designed to offer students relief from the rising costs of private shuttle services. For students living in Student Housing, the Association of University Residence Halls (AURH) is sponsoring a $10 discount for the first 30 on-campus residents who sign up for the airport shuttle.  Max Schieber, president of AURH, said “it’s been great to work with everyone to bring this project to fruition, and I am excited to see it take off. This will be a great opportunity for students who are traveling home over the break. No need to beg your friends for rides anymore!”

The pilot program will operate for students departing for and returning from Winter Break. Shuttles will depart from the KU Lawrence campus four times per day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 18-20, from several locations. Space is limited to 10 passengers per trip, up to 40 per day. Departures will be scheduled for 6 a.m., 9 a.m., Noon, and 3 p.m. Return trips will also be available on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, January 18-20, scheduled at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.

“After hearing feedback from parents at New Student Orientation the last several summers about the cost of getting their students to and from the airport, combined with the fact that our new contracted service provider, First Transit, is providing larger vehicles for SafeRide; this is a great opportunity to see if we can provide a viable, more affordable option,” said Aaron Quisenberry, Associate Director of Transportation Services.

For more information or to sign up for the shuttle service, visit us online at