Lextran (The Transit Authority of Lexington, Ky.) is Lexington’s public transportation system. Lextran operates a fleet of 65 buses and contracts a door-to door Paratransit service through Red Cross WHEELS. Mainline bus service runs from 5:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Regular bus fare is one dollar and includes unlimited transfers on a one way trip.  Other reduced fares and a variety of pass programs are available to individuals who qualify. All Lextran buses are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bike racks.


Current Sustainable Practices

Below are the initiatives Lextran has completed on the Green Check scorecard.

Sustainability Management and the Green Team

  • Designated a Green Team responsible for managing sustainability initiatives.

Awareness, Education, and Outreach

  • Provides sustainability information board in a common area.
  • Includes a sustainability statement and training in all new hire materials.

Energy Efficiency

  • Established a power-down policy and checklist that includes items such as shutting off lights at night.
  • Set water heater thermostats to a maximum of 120 degrees.
  • Replaced 75-100% of incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).
  • Upgraded all Exit signs to LED.
  • Delamped vending machines.
  • Established a regular filter maintenance policy for the HVAC system.
  • Has HVAC system evaluated every 2 years.
  • Established a dress code that encourages employees to dress for thermal comfort.
  • Installed programmable thermostats to adjust temperature during unoccupied hours.
  • Installed occupancy sensors in bathrooms, meeting room, and other infrequently used areas.
  • Conducted an energy audit or assessment (within the last three years).
  • Installed energy efficient (Energy Star) rated windows in all conditioned spaces.
  • Insulated roof to control energy loss.
  • Taken measures to insulate HVAC system and ductwork to minimize heat loss.
  • Daylight work spaces wherever possible.

Waste and Recycling

  • Implemented a basic recycling program.
  • Provides clearly marked recycling bins at work stations and/or in common areas.
  • Uses reusable mugs and dish ware instead of disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Established a policy for environmentally friendly printing such as two sided printing, reusing copy paper, and electronic document sharing.
  • Has created a landfill diversion goal.
  • Conducted a waste audit within the past 2 years.

Water Quality/Conservation

  • Installed water efficient faucets in all of the restrooms.
  • Installed water efficient toilets in all of the restrooms.
  • Established a policy for proper hazardous waste and chemical disposal.
  • Established a policy for proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease, distribute to staff, and post in key areas.
  • Performed a storm water pollution survey.
  • Established preventative maintenance program for sanitary sewer lateral lines on your property.
  • Coordinated a community litter cleanup.
  • Installed outdoor ash trays to prevent cigarette litter, and make pocket ash trays available to staff who smoke.

Urban Forestry and Landscapes

  • Established a sustainability statement for landscape contracts.
  • Established a native species-only plant replacement policy for tree and shrub planting.
  • Removed all invasive species from property.
  • Planted a pollinator garden.
  • Planted a rain garden.

Sustainable Purchasing

  • Established a policy for reducing the toxic chemicals/materials in your workplace.
  • Established a policy to purchase non-Styrofoam cups and plates for use at the workplace or at events.
  • Established a policy for purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products.


  • Encourages employees to utilize Lextran transportation by providing free fare.
  • Established and implement a no-idling policy.
  • Held an employee seminar highlighting alternative modes of transportation.
  • Adopted a telecommuting option and make it available to employees.
  • Has designated parking for hybrid vehicles.
  • Some Lextran buses run completely on electric.
  • Installed bike parking.
  • Place bicycle storage closer than any other designated parking spot.


  • Installed permeable parking lot.
  • Is LEED certified.


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