Parking and Transportation offers 2,400 temporary spaces

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First-week madness and the loss of Lot 1’s 230 spaces with Parking Garage 6 construction may leave University-goers in a scramble to find parking, but the Office of Parking and Transportation is offering over 2,400 additional parking spaces and extended shuttle services through January 10.

The department hopes to alleviate congestion with temporary parking areas at the northeast corner of campus, east of Parking Garage 5-Market Station; Tamiami Park, east of FIU Stadium, south of Lot 6; Fair and Exposition, east of the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, south of Lot 5; and the Engineering Center located at the intersection of SW 107 Ave. and Flagler Street.

Expanded shuttle service will include transportation to and from the Graham Center and PG5, to and from the Health and Wellness Center and School of International and Public Affairs and the western side of Tamiami Park, to and from the drop off area between Frost Art Museum and Blue Garage and the Fair and Exposition, and to and from Frost Art Museum and the Ryder Business Building and the Engineering Center.

Additional Panther Mover pick-up and drop-off areas will be available at temporary parking areas at Tamiami Park, PG5 and the Fair and Exposition at peak hours between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

There will also be additional entrances: Fair and Exposition at SW 107 Ave. and SW 19 St., Tamiami Park at Coral way and SW 112 Ave. and an entrance east of the Florida Turnpike at SW 117 Ave. and SW 21 St.

And if students aren’t in a rush to snag a parking space in time for class, they’ll notice that Lot 1, the open-air parking lot adjacent to the Red Parking Garage and future site of PG6, has closed.

Lissette Hernandez, director of Parking and Transportation, said the department will try to minimize any negative impact on the University community during the year-long construction project.

The garage will resemble PG5 architecturally and add 2,000 parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of classroom and retail space.

Hernandez said the garage will alleviate parking problems in the north quadrant of the school.

PG6 is set for August 2015 completion.

 

Parking Site Number of Spaces Available Expanded Shuttle Service:
Northeast corner of campus, just east of Parking Garage 5-Market Station (PG5)8am to 10am4pm to 6pm 470 Shuttle to and from the Graham Center from the PG5 Overflow parking area
Tamiami Park, just east of the FIU Stadium and south of Lot 68am to 10am4pm to 7pm 1,500 Shuttle to and from Health and Wellness/SIPA from the  western side of the parking area
Fair and Exposition, just east of the Wertheim Performing Arts Center and south of Lot 58am to 10am4pm to 6pm 400 Shuttle to and from the drop off area between the Frost Art Museum and the Blue Garage from the center of the parking area
Park and Ride option at the Engineering Center located at the intersection of SW 107 Ave. and Flagler Street,10am to 6pm 350 Shuttle to and from Frost Art Museum and the Ryder Business Building.

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