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RTSRiderIn increasing numbers, people are using public transportation. Every segment of American society - individuals, families, communities, and businesses - benefits from public transportation. KRFDC strives to provide affordable, reliable transportation that allows people to access jobs, services and recreational activities.

Foothills Express has provided over 3 million rides for residents of Clark, Estill, Madison, and Powell counties since its beginning in 1986. Riders can count on courteous drivers and safe, efficient transportation to school, work, senior citizen centers, adult and child care centers, medical facilities, and recreational destinations.

A 48-hour notice is required for all scheduled rides. Rides are available for $1.50/per mile.

Language Assitance provided at no cost.
Foothills Express services are open to the public.

Effective July 1, 2014, a 48-hour notice is required for all scheduled rides. Trips requested for Monday MUST be scheduled no later than 2pm Thursday. Rides are available for $4.00 for trips of 4 miles or less, or $1.50/per mile for trips over 4 miles each way. All trips are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to availability.

Foothills Express operates a public deviated-fixed transportation route in Berea, Richmond, and Winchester. Riders are able to board the bus at any of the stops we have set up for only $1.00. These stops include stores, apartment communities, city and county offices and businesses. Wheelchair assisted door-to-door service is available for no additional cost. Bulk passes are available. To ride the bus, stand at a bus stop. Have your fare ready — Cash or Pass. Our driver does not make change. A $1.00 bus pass can be used all day for only the date it is stamped for. After that date, that bus pass is no longer valid.

The Madison County Connector makes 4 round-trips each weekday from Berea Bus Service stops to Richmond Transit Service stops. The bus leaves from Berea Bus Stops at 8am, 10am, 1pm, and 3pm. The bus leaves from Richmond Transit Stops at 9am, 11am, 2pm, and 4pm. To reserve a seat, riders must call at least 48 hours in advance, and meet the bus at the designated bus stop. The cost for the round trip is $2.00.

Foothills Inter-City Bus Service connects Madison, Clark, Estill, and Powell Counties with the larger transit systems in Lexington, Louisville, and Northern Kentucky. Rides must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance, and the cost is $20.00 for a round trip. All Inter-City trips must be dropped off at a bus stop, bus station, train station, or airport in the destination city (i.e. Lexington or Louisville Airport).

Expanding upon a long tradition of community partnership, Foothills’ public transit program joined with Eastern Kentucky University to serve as its campus shuttle service provider in 2013. The deviated-fixed route will deviate for the general public with and without disabilities.
Click here for the current BIG E Transit Schedule

Stand at a bus stop. Have your fare ready — Cash or Pass. Our driver does not make change. Deposit your fare into the box next to the driver or hand your bus pass to the driver to stamp. A $1.00 bus pass can be used all day for only the date it is stamped for. After that date, that bus pass is no longer valid.

* Smoking is prohibited in all Foothills Express vehicles.
* Eating and drinking is also prohibited in all Foothills Express vehicles.
* Please give up your seat to those less able than you.
* Only certified service animals and guide dogs are allowed on Foothills Express.
* Use earphones. Use radios and tape players only with earphones.
* Please put your trash in the proper receptacles.
* Don't vandalize. Vandalism is a crime, which will be punished with a fine or jail sentence. Please report vandalism.
* Do not distract your operator while the bus is in motion.
* Firearms and weapons of any kind are prohibited on the bus.
* Be considerate of other passengers.
KRFDC Foothills Express Management reserves the right to limit rider’s access to a bus if they are not complying with stated rules.

Inclement Weather Policy
Winchester to Lexington Commuter Route / JOBS Inclement Weather Policy
Madison County to Lexington Commuter Route / JOBS Inclement Weather Policy

For cancellations and delays due to inclement weather please turn to your local news stations.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964/Title VI Notice of Protections Against Discrimination Notice
Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. operates its programs without regard to race, color and national origin.To request or receive additional information on its discrimination obligations, including its complaint procedures, please contact: Vicki Jozefowicz, Executive Director, 309 Spangler Drive, Richmond, KY 40475, 859-624-2046. To file a discrimination complaint, the written complaint must be filed to the address above within 5 days of the alleged discrimination. To accommodate limited English proficient individuals, oral complaints to be documented and/or translated may also be given at the above address. Written complaints may also be filed with the U. S. Department of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) no later than 180 days after the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by FTA.

KRFDC Transportation Title VI Complaint Form

KRFDC Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Policy Statement

For more information contact:
Karmen Marcum, Transportation Director
309 Spangler Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
1-800-819-7083 or 859/624-3236

Transportation is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is passed through the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Office of Transportation Delivery.