Parking and Transportation Services

The Roo Express campus shuttle

Roo Express shuttleThe Roo Express Shuttle Service provides transportation to University buildings in the downtown area, neighborhoods near campus, and the parking lots on the North side of campus. During the fall and spring semesters the shuttle also services students on the weekends to and from the downtown area.

Shuttle routes and schedules:

Roo Express Zip Card policy

A valid Zip Card is required 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 Zip Card and then ride the next available bus.

Drivers must require that any passenger whose identity they have not previously verified present a valid Zip Card. If there is any doubt regarding the identity of a passenger, their Zip Card 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 Zip Card.

Those conducting business on campus and wishing to ride the shuttle or visitors without a Zip Card should contact the Parking and Transportation Services Office at 330.972.7213 for a Roo Express Guest Pass.

The purpose of this policy is to promote safety, convenience, and efficiency aboard the Roo Express.


Benefits of the shuttle service

The shuttle service benefits everyone:

GroupBenefit
Commuter students and faculty/staff...
  1. More spaces are available for parking as students who live in off-campus housing take the shuttle to class rather than drive.
  2. More spaces are available near the center of campus as resident students move their vehicles to designated lots near their residence hall.
  3. You have the ability to park once and ride the shuttle to more parts of campus.
Students who live in off campus housing (near UA)…
  1. You are likely close to the shuttle route, so you can leave your car at home, ride the shuttle, save gas and avoid the hassle of trying to find parking.
Residence Hall students…
  1. You are able to park in nearby lots designated for residence hall students only.

Roo Express operations when the University closes 

When the University of Akron has to close due to inclement weather, The Roo Express will operate on a restricted route schedule as long as it is feasible. The Roo Express's objective on days when the university is shut down is to transport resident students from their residences halls to and from Rob's Cafe and the Rec Center. Check our Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date information. 

inclement weather roo rout map

The restricted Roo Express route will make stops at the following locations;

1. Exchange Street Residence Hall near DQ
2. Spicer Residence Hall on Vine St.
3. the Req Center at the Carroll St. turn around circle
4. East Campus Parking Deck on Spicer St.
5. Rob's Cafe at the Honnor Complex
6. Quaker Square on Broadway
7. High St. near the intersection with Exchange St.
8. Student Union at the bus stop at the front of the building 

* Additional stops will be added when needed. Check our website/Facebook/Twitter for current shuttle stops.


Answers to your questions

I use a wheelchair. Can I ride the shuttle?

Yes. All Roo Express shuttles are equipped with wheelchair-lift equipment. You do not need to make arrangements ahead of time to ride the regular routes, but special services will also be available for those who have additional needs – more information is available in this brochure.

How is the University paying for the Roo Express Shuttle?

Students who take more than five credit hours are assessed a Transportation Fee ($160 for the fall and spring semester, $120 for the summer). For that fee, students can request a parking permit (it's available at no additional charge), and ride the Roo Express shuttle. Transportation Fee funds help pay for:

  • the shuttle,
  • the upkeep of decks and parking lots,
  • and the loans (actually bonds) that the University took out to build its newest decks.

Questions? Complaints? Suggestions?

Please direct your messages to rooexpress@uakron.edu or call the Parking & Transportation Services Office at 330-972-7213.

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