Parking News Archive

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The MetroZip program begins Aug. 25, allowing all UA faculty, staff and students to ride any regular Metro RTA route free of charge by swiping their valid Zip Cards in the fare box. Details

All student permits are available for pick up in the North Campus Parking Deck at this time. You must be enrolled in classes before you can obtain a parking permit. Students enrolled in more than 5 credit hours on the main campus will have the transportation fee on their account; this fee includes a parking permit. Those student without the transportation fee on their account will need to purchase a permit in the office. 

Resident students will need to have their vehicle license plate information submitted to the system before they can obtain a semester permit. 

Quaker Square residents will need to complete the gate-card application in the office prior to receiving their parking permit. 

All students will need a photo ID to obtain a permit. Overnight validation stickers are sold separately. Feel free to contact Parking and Transportation Services with questions or concerns. 


Beginning Tuesday, September 2nd, parking permit rules will be enforced for the fall semester. All vehicles should be located in a properly designated area at that time in order to avoid being cited.

As in previous years, courtesy will be given for the first minor offense. However, rather than dismissing the first citation of the semester, illegally parked vehicles will be issued a warning citation for the first minor violation. Warning citations will still indicate the infraction type, but will not carry a monetary fine. Students, employees, and guests will no longer need to contact Parking and Transportation Services to receive their courtesy dismissals; with this change the courtesy is automatic in the form of a warning citation.

Please visit the Parking Fines portion of the Parking and Transportation Services website for additional information.

Roo Express Adds Rob's Café Route

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


Four lots to close for Aug. 30 home opener

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:

  • If you are driving to campus after 4 p.m. on Aug. 30, you are urged to arrive at least 20 minutes early to help assure that you get to your destination on time.
  • Lots 6, 8, 9 and 10 near the stadium must be emptied and closed by midnight on Wednesday, Aug 29. These lots have been pre-sold for the game and they need to remain clear to accommodate fans. See map.
  • Lot 9B will open at 3 p.m. on Aug. 30 for free student tailgating. Only students with valid permits can participate in the student tailgate. See map.
  • Vine Street between Union and Spicer streets will close at midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 29, to allow for the setup of ZipsFest. Union Street north of Exchange (between Exchange and Vine) will be closed as well.
  • Lots 36, 20, 30, 32, 35, 40, 52 and 71 will be designated as alternative parking on Aug. 30, with a modified Roo Express route providing park-and-ride service. Temporary signs will mark the new Roo Express pickup locations. See map.
  • Lots 2, 4, 7, 13 near the stadium will be open to campus traffic until 3 p.m. After 3 p.m, vehicles will be able to exit the lots, but only individuals with pre-sold game passes can enter.
  • Lots 14, 15, 27, and 34, normally closed and used as public tailgating lots on game days, will remain open on Aug. 30. Attendants will arrive at 3 p.m., and charge $10 per vehicle for fan tailgating, while students and employees with permits can park free.
  • Spicer Street north of Carroll Street will become one-way northbound at 5:30 p.m. Two University police officers will be stationed at the Spicer Street-Buchtel Avenue and Spicer Street-Carroll Street intersections, starting at about 4 p.m.

College of Business Administration and Fir Hill Towers added to Roo Express Routes


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.

Sherman Street Closure alters South Route and Downtown Route

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. 


Roo Express Downtown Route Newly Expanded!

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.


Roo Express Zipcard Policy Update

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.

Jan 4, 2010 - Parking Deck Mixed Usage

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.



May 19, 2008 - Improvements On The Drawing Board

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. A task 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?