LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The University of Kentucky’s popular ride-sharing service, “Wildcab”, is officially partnered with the worldwide platform, Uber.

The University of Kentucky Transportation Services announced the services Wildcab provides will essentially remain the same. Rides are still free of charge, vehicles are driven by fellow students, and the hours remain 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday when classes are in session.

The main change being implemented is the way in which students request Wildcab rides. Now, once the service resumes on April 28, students can request a Wildcab ride directly through the Uber app.

In order to freely access Wildcab, students must sign up for an Uber account if they do not have one already. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Uber app onto your smartphone and create an Uber account, if you don’t already have one.
  2. Complete the Wildcab Uber enrollment form, which will verify your UK student status and grant you access to the free Wildcab option. If you already have an Uber account, be sure to use the email address that is connected to your account. 

In order to set up an account, Uber requires you to enter a payment method. The Wildcab service within the app remains free of charge, you will only be billed when requesting a traditional Uber vehicle for transportation.

Officials with UK’s Transportation Services said this partnership will allow for more accessible use of Wildcab by using Uber’s patented rideshare technology.

“Transportation Services’ partnership with Uber demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible Wildcab user experience. Leveraging Uber’s industry-leading technology infrastructure and proven ride-sharing algorithm allows the university to continue to improve the predictability and efficiency of the program,” said Lance Broeking, director of UK Transportation Services.

Wildcab’s transition into a partnership with Uber will occur during the final weekend of the spring semester. The soft launch provides time between then and the beginning of the fall semester to receive feedback and implement any changes necessary prior to the service’s formal launch.