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Simplified Roo Express route aims to reduce wait times and bus transfers

Returning students this fall will notice that the Roo Express shuttle routes from last year have been combined into a single “loop” route. This route, known as the Campus Circulator, will operate within the same service areas as the previous Polsky Express, East Route, and South Route, and will stop at many of the same locations. This streamlined service will save time by eliminating the wasteful backtracking that occurs with multiple, smaller routes. It will also enable students, faculty, and staff to quickly and easily ride the shuttle around campus, without the need to transfer buses.

“We are excited for the additional benefits that a consolidated loop route will provide, with faster, direct connections for riders as well as an enhanced ability to match the number of buses in service with peak and off-peak demand levels,” said Jared Coleman, Director of Parking and Transportation Services. Each year data is collected and analyzed to ensure that our shuttles are deployed appropriately and align with the needs of the campus community. “Student feedback is also a vital part of the review process,” Coleman said, “so we share significant changes with student-body representatives in Undergraduate Student Government, and they help us to hear from students who have not reached out to us directly.” While the creation of the Campus Circulator is the most significant change to come out of this review, it also indicated that other changes were needed, such as the elimination of the late-night Downtown Route due to its very low ridership, as well as minor adjustments to hours of operation on the weekend.

The free Downtown Akron Shuttle (DASH) will also continue this fall. Like the Roo Express, DASH connects the campus center with the Polsky Building, a major purpose of the transit system as a whole. DASH also stops at several other campus and downtown locations. You do not need to present a Zipcard to the driver when boarding the DASH, unlike the Roo Express.

Please review all transit routes, including the DASH shuttle, in order to determine which will best serve your needs. Staff at Parking and Transportation Services are available to assist you with finding the best ways to use the transit system. For help, please email rooexpress@uakron.edu or call 330.972.7213.

Overnight commuter parking now available in Folk Hall parking lot

Lot 47, located on Exchange Street at Folk Hall, has now been designated as an overnight commuter parking lot. An overnight parking endorsement sticker must be affixed to a valid commuter parking permit for authorized overnight parking. This change has been made to provide a close alternative for commuters who were parking in the now-closed portion of the Gallucci Hall parking lot (Lot 46). Please contact Parking and Transportation Services at 330.972.7213 or parking@uakron.edu with any questions about this change.

Employment Application

University of Akron jobs provide flexible scheduling beneficial to college students. The Parking & Transportation Services Department has a variety of positions available. Join us! Click here for a PDF of our student employment application PLEASE ATTACH CLASS SCHEDULE WITH APPLICATION.

New refund policy takes effect fall 2017

We have simplified our refund policy. The new policy will take effect at the start of the fall 2017 term. Students taking 5 or fewer credit hours who have opted to pay the transportation fee in order to get a parking permit will have through the 14th day of the term to return the permit to the Parking Office for a 100% refund. After the 14th day no refunds will be given.

You must RETURN the permit that has been assigned to you to the Parking and Transportation Services Office in order to initiate a refund.

Upcoming Parking Lot Closures and Events Can Be Found on Our Facebook

Be Prudent and Help Reduce Campus Thefts

Theft on college campuses is often a crime of opportunity — somebody takes advantage of an unattended cell phone, an unlocked door or a laptop visible in the window of a parked car.

Please help yourself by taking an extra moment to secure your belongings:

  • In the library, if you step away from your table, take your laptop with you.
  • Lock the door to your dorm room, even if you only intend to leave for a minute.
  • In the Recreation and Wellness Center, lock your items in one of the locker room lockers.
  • In your car, tuck items of value out of sight. Do not leave money, electronics, etc. within view.
  • Resident students and overnight parkers should relocate their vehicles every few days.

The University aggressively pursues those caught stealing. Last year, all students who were found responsible for theft were suspended by the University, while non-students charged with theft were aggressively sent through the criminal justice system.

UA will continue to do its part to help reduce the occurrences of theft. Please do your part by being thoughtful about how you store your belongings.

Roo Express Bus Tracking System

The University of Akron’s Parking and Transportation Services Department has added a GPS system to the Roo Express shuttle buses that provides real-time location data. Students, faculty, staff and visitors can use a computer or mobile device to track the Roo Express Shuttle bus at any of the bus stops on and around campus!

DoubleMap App features:

· View buses in real time on the map and know when your bus will arrive.

· View specific routes and associated stops.

· Allows you to easily identify the buses with color coded bus routes and abbreviated route letters.

· Announcements concerning shuttle delays, cancellation of service due to weather, re-routing or changes in route stops can be viewed easily.

· Compatible with smartphones (FREE app), laptops and desktops.

· Easily submit feedback on services or technical issues.

 

For information regarding DoubleMap visit http://www.uakron.edu/parking/roo-express/doublemap.dot or email us at rooexpress@uakron.edu.

Motorist Assistance

Motorist assistance is offered through the UAPD. Should you need assistance, please call them at 330-972-7263.

Please contact Parking and Transportation Services for additional information at parking@uakron.edu.


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