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Kentucky Wesleyan Partners with Owensboro Transit for Student Rides

Becca Schimmel

Students at Kentucky Wesleyan College are going to get some free rides. The school is partnering with Owensboro Transit System.

The agreement for weekend transportation begins Friday, April 12 with the trolley stopping at the Kentucky Wesleyan campus. Students will be able to use their college ID for the trolley ride of about two miles into downtown Owensboro.

Kentucky Wesleyan College Interim Vice President of Advancement Eddie Kenny said there’s a mutual benefit in building a long-term relationship with the Owensboro Transit System.

“We have partnered with them to offer the downtown trolley on Fridays and Saturdays in April and then running again in August, September and October from 4 o’clock to 10 p.m. to expose our students, get them into the downtown area, frequenting businesses and restaurants," said Kenny.

For the current semester, students can use that Friday and Saturday service through the end of April, when the Kentucky Wesleyan academic year comes to a close.

The service will expand beginning with the Fall semester under the agreement with Owensboro Transit System.

“We have partnered with them, they’ve come to us and partnered with us, really, to offer our students the opportunity to use regular transit for free with their student ID throughout the academic year,” said Kenny.

He said the public transportation is expected to be especially appreciated by students who don't have a car. That includes a group of 30  students from Las Vegas attending Kentucky Wesleyan as part of a fellowship program. 

A portion of student fees will be used to fund the agreement with Owensboro Transit, Kenny said. 

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