The Roo Express shuttle will begin operating its new Rob's Café Route on Sunday, August 25th. This route will run from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday through Wednesday evenings, and will aid students in taking advantage of the recently extended hours of Rob's Café. The route will feature stops near the residence halls, overnight parking locations, and downtown Akron. Similar service is available on the Downtown Route on Thursday through Saturday evenings until 4 a.m
The first week of fall semester is always exciting as we welcome new and returning students to campus. Adding to the festive spirit this year, the Zips will kick off their football season under new head coach Terry Bowden with a home game on Thursday, Aug. 30, so it will be our first “Roo Wears Blue” day of the fall — get your Zips gear ready!
Fans on and off campus are looking forward to seeing this new era of Zips football begin, so we expect a high turnout for the game against the University of Central Florida Knights at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field at 7 p.m.
To minimize the traffic congestion and parking shortages, we have a game plan in place. With everyone’s cooperation, the day, and evening, should go smoothly as we travel to class, our offices, the game and home.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Northwest Route will be stopping at the College of Business Administration building on Broadway Street ONLY AFTER 8 p.m. on weekdays.
As of Wednesday, September 14th the North Route will no longer stop at the Paul Martin University Center on Fir Hill, but will stop in front of the Fir Hill Towers on Fir Hill instead. See our complete Shuttle Schedule for further details.
On 9-9-11 Sherman Street will be closed from Wheeler Street to Voris Street until 9-19-11. The South and Downtown routes will be picking up on Grant Street directly West of the usual stops on Sherman Street. Effected stops are numbers 3, 4 and 5 for the South Route and 6, 7 and 8 for the Downtown Route. Stops 5 and 7 on the South and Downtown routes will pick up on Voris Street just East of Grant Street.
The Downtown Route will be running until 4 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Twelve stops have been added to the route to include the University Park South neighborhood, Fir Hill and 22 East Exchange. Hop on the Roo and Zip Home from downtown or any of the stops with the new home drop-off service which will take students directly to their homes within University Park on return trips.
A valid Zipcard is required in order to ride the Roo Express shuttle. Passengers must be ready to present this identification to the driver before attempting to board. Those who are not ready to do so will be asked to retrieve their Zipcard and then ride the next available bus.
Drivers must require that any passenger whose identity they have not previously verified present a valid Zipcard. If there is any doubt regarding the identity of a passenger, their Zipcard must be scrutinized.
Guests of UA students, faculty, and staff are welcome aboard the Roo Express, but they must be accompanied by someone with a valid Zipcard.
Those conducting business on campus and wishing to ride the shuttle should contact the Parking Services office at 330.972.7213 for possible arrangements.
The purpose of this policy is to promote safety, as well as convenience and efficiency, aboard the Roo Express.
The rules regarding the North Campus Parking Deck's mixed use are changing for Spring 2010. Levels 1 through 4 will be open to all Commuters (Commuters, Faculty, Staff, Part time, Commercial). Levels 4 and 5 will be open to all Residents. This is a change from previous semesters. Previously Residents were allowed only on level 5 and the ramp up to level 5. Now residents can park on level 4, the ramp up to level 5, and level 5. Commuters can continue parking on levels 1 through 4 but will now be sharing the 4th level.
Committees were convened to study two issues in more depth: parking for students living in residence halls (recommendation) and the expansion of the Roo Express shuttle service (recommendation, routes). These recommendations have been substantially approved and we are working to implement them for the fall semester. The University is taking action to improve parking, but the resolutions will take time to implement. Atask force has studied parking on campus and issued a series of recommendations. Among other points, the task force recommends that a 1,600-vehicle deck should be built, a shuttle service should be developed and a campaign should begin to encourage motorists to make better use of outlying lots. What has UA done in recent years to improve parking?