Fall 2020: Latest News

Parking permits are now available

Parking permits are available now through akron.thepermitstore.com. Please check out our iParq tutorial page for step-by-step instructions on how to order your permit. The tutorial page will be updated with answers to frequently asked questions and updates regarding common issues.

University parking permits will now be e-permits instead of the traditional hangtags. This means that your license plate will become your parking permit, and you will no longer have to pick up a physical permit or wait to receive one by mail. You will be able to register more than one license plate, and our computer systems will instantly know that your vehicles are permitted to park on campus.

Tickets will not be written for lack of a permit until Monday, September 14th, however all other parking regulations must continue to be observed.

Questions can be directed to Parking & Transportation Services, at parking@uakron.edu or 330-972-7213.

Return to Campus: Shuttle Services

The Roo Express shuttle service will resume operation on Monday, August 24th. Both the route and hours of operation will remain unchanged, with buses running a loop around campus and the adjoining neighborhoods from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays. The weekend route will operate from 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The METRO RTA DASH route will also resume operation on Monday, August 24th. Both the route and hours of operation will remain unchanged, with the DASH running from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The frequency of the DASH route has been reduced, with a bus leaving METRO’s RKP Transit Center every 30 minutes, so please plan your trip accordingly. Also note that DASH buses are not currently appearing on any real-time transit maps; an announcement will be made when this issue has been resolved.

Passengers will be required to wear a mask in order to board and ride all Roo Express and DASH buses.

All Roo Express buses will make a brief stop along the route each hour so that drivers can disinfect high-touch surfaces. To enable social distancing, all public transit is currently required to limit bus capacity to 50% of the previous total. Signage has been installed on each Roo Express bus in order to close every other seat. Please be aware that limited seating may cause a bus to be full during periods of peak demand. Those who have alternative transportation options are encouraged to utilize them in order to reserve bus seating for those in greatest need.

Questions can be directed to Parking & Transportation Services, at parking@uakron.edu or 330-972-7213.

Spin Electric Scooters

Spin scooter

If you've been on campus this fall you've probably seen these orange and grey electric scooters at many locations. Provided by Spin, these scooters are great for quickly moving around campus or getting Downtown. They are available for anyone to rent through the Spin mobile app.

  • Download the app and create your account
  • Check the map if you need to locate an available scooter near you
  • Scan the QR code on the top of the scooter to unlock it
  • Follow campus guidelines and the rules of the road when riding
  • Park the scooter at one of the preferred locations displayed within the app to get 25 cents off of your next ride
  • Make sure to end your ride within the app when you're finished

Scooters cost $1 to unlock and 29 cents per minute of use (plus taxes and fees). All revenue goes to Spin to support the program; none comes to the University.

Check out spin.app/safety for introductory videos and additional safety-related information. Score 100% on Spin's safety quiz and they offer a promo code for your next ride.

See our Spin scooters page for answers to frequently asked questions.