RTEC Public Transit

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Public transportation services for counties located in Southeast Kentucky.


Bell Clinton Cumberland Knox Laurel McCreary Monroe Pulaski Rockcastle Russell Taylor Wayne Whitley



Public Transportation Provider

RTEC provides public transportation to access shopping, medical, employment, childcare, job training and community programs in the local service area.  Transportation routes will be designed for accessing employment in the larger cities, with stops along the way for childcare or other services.  Contact the reservation office to make arrangements to access employment or job training.

RTEC makes trips Mon-Fri to Lexington.

For next day service, call the reservation office the day before travel is planned for a schedule in your area. A curb-to-curb fare for each ride is $0.80 per mile (minimum $3.00). Cash only or use our EPG card service.  Same day service is higher.  One-way trips and same day service receive a service charge.

The reservation office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST and on Saturdays 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 PM EST except on major holidays.

Call the reservation office for more information.

Holiday Closings:  The office and transit service is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Inclement Weather:  Transit service will be closed when roads are hazardous for travel. During inclement weather conditions, RTEC will cancel service or operate on a limited basis. RTEC will resume services on roads that are priority for snow removal and will resume regular service when all roads are clear and safe for travel.

Routes:  Vehicles are dispatched in a manner which will allow for higher utilization of each vehicle in the service area, therefore passengers may need to depart from their residence 45 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. Routes will be designed with as much passenger convenience as possible, while continuing to encourage increased ridership.



RTEC will not discriminate against any individual in its employment practices, nor deny an individual access to transportation services due to disability, race, sex, creed, color, religion, Viet Nam era or national origin.

Denial of Transportation

RTEC will deny transportation for the following reasons (but not limited to): for behavior that interferes with other passengers or the driver, refusal to pay for service, repeated failure to provide adequate notice of cancellation or no-shows, refusal to follow rules for riding the bus, carrying weapons or abusive language.

Child Seats & Escorts

RTEC requires the use of FMVSS approved child safety seats. An adult must accompany a child 12 years of age and under.   There must be at least one adult per five children in a group setting.

Key Benefits

RTEC provides wheelchair accessible transportation upon request.  More than 50% of the vehicles are lift-equipped.
Cash fares are $0.80 per mile with a minimum of $3.00 fare.
RTEC operates more than 180 vehicles in the 13-county service area with planning one day ahead for cash fare transportation.