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How to get around at UM

Prohibition of cars for freshman force a new look at other transportation options

By: Justin Antweil // Contributing News Writer

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: News
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Students wait for the shuttle to arrive to the shuttle stop located at Standford Circle.
Media Credit: FILE PHOTO // Chelsea Matiash
Students wait for the shuttle to arrive to the shuttle stop located at Standford Circle.

Beginning Fall 2008, University of Miami freshmen living on campus will not be allowed to have cars. Freshmen commuter students and freshmen transfer students with 30 or more credits are exempt from this policy.

"Parking on the interior of the Coral Gables campus is very limited," said Richard Sobaram, director of parking and transportation services. "Restricting first-year resident students from parking on campus is only one part of an overall strategic plan to ease the parking crunch on campus."

Sobaram added that he believes the strategy will encourage healthy habits among students, such as walking or biking, while supporting the environment "by having less cars on the road, decreasing carbon emissions."

Besides driving, UM students have many transportation options on campus, all of which do require a Cane Card.

Throughout the academic year, UM's Hurry'Cane Shuttles transport students to most major campus buildings, parking lots and the Metrorail station free of charge. Using biodiesel fueled Optima buses and equipped with wheelchair accessibility, the shuttles begin operating as early as 7 a.m. weekdays and remain in service until midnight, depending on each individual shuttles' route. The Hurry'Cane Shuttles operate less on the weekend, usually between 6 p.m. and midnight. There are 21 shuttles that operate throughout the day, with a total of 25 stops. The wait at a given stop ranges between five and 10 minutes. There are six routes; the Fountain route, Stanford route, University Village/School of Communication route, Fountain Express route, Dickinson route, and the University Village Express route.

From 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. on Thursday through Sunday, another shuttle, the Ibis Ride, leaves from Stanford Circle every 30 minutes to transport students to the heart of Coconut Grove. "The Grove," as students call the village, has bars, restaurants and dance clubs.

From 8 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, a shuttle to Sunset Place runs from Stanford Circle. Sunset Place, a mall located in South Miami, has a movie theater, shops and restaurants.

The University Center Shuttle operates nightly from 5 to 11 p.m. The shuttle picks students up at Stanford Circle and Dickinson Drive, transporting them across U.S. Route 1 to places such as TGI Friday's, Publix and Blockbuster.

For students venturing off campus, the Miami-Dade Metrorail, located across Ponce De Leon Boulevard, is an option. For $1.50, students can travel northbound to places such as Government Center in downtown Miami, or southbound to Dadeland Mall. Another shopping center, Dadeland Station, is only two stops from UM, and contains a Target, Best Buy, Hair Cuttery and many more stores.

For more information about parking and shuttle routes at UM, visit www.miami.edu/parking.

Justin Antweil may be contacted at j.antweil@umiami.edu.
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