Erica Santiago / News Director
Friday, Jan. 8, FIU students received an email from FIU Parking and Transportation in regards to changes that will be implemented during the spring 2016 semester.
Changes include a new traffic control plan that will consist of additional police officers and public safety technicians who will “direct traffic at major intersections in and around MMC and BBC campuses in an effort to move traffic quickly and safely.”
The Golden Panther express will restart its services Monday, Jan.11 and will continue arriving to and departing from the MMC and BBC campuses at 30 minute intervals from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additional departures will occur at 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
For students, the cost of using the GPE will be consistent with that of previous semesters with students paying $2.50 per trip. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 20, “non-students, departmental accounts and university affiliates” will be required to pay the GPE 5 dollars per trip.
Between 6:10 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., the CATS shuttle service will continue to run three shuttles, one of which will be a non-stop express shuttle. According to the email, the remaining two shuttles will provide additional stops located at 107th Avenue and 17th Street, PG5 Market Station, 109 Tower and Fourth Street Commons.
GPE and CATS users can track the services live on their phones by visiting fiu.transloc.com. By downloading the app, users will receive real time location and estimated time of arrival. FIU Parking and Transportation advises users to also enroll in the free texting alert service.
Additional Panther Movers will be provided during the first week of classes in order to accommodate an expected increase in demand for the service.
For more information, FIU Parking and Transportation urges GPE and CATS users to visit parking.fiu.edu or contact Parking & Transportation’s Customer Care Center at 305-348-3615 from 7 a.m. -1 a.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. on Fridays.