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Answering the Commuter Challenge


Holding a basketball, challenge winner Tracey Dominque is flanked by, from left, Parking and Transportation’s Lluvia Resendiz and Richard Sobraham, and South Florida Commuter Services’ Suzell Bogle Hopman and Nelly Navarro.

More than 250 faculty, staff and students joined the South Florida Commuter Challenge from November 6-17, logging more than 7,400 commuter miles on alternative transportation using the RideFlag mobile app.

Undergraduate student Tracey C. Dominique, who logged 315 commuter miles on public transit, was among the participants who contributed to the University’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and build a more sustainable UM community by leaving their cars at home and walking, carpooling, or riding their bikes, Metrorail, or Tri-Rail to campus. Her name was selected from a random drawing of participants from 13 universities to receive four tickets to a Miami Heat game. A student from Miami-Dade College North Campus received the grand prize of a $2,500 scholarship.

“I used to deeply regret my decision to commute rather than living on campus, but RideFlag has helped me to see the beauty in commuting,” Dominique said.

To participate in future challenges or receive future program incentives, download the RideFlag mobile app today using your University of Miami email address and select “University of Miami” as your organization if you want to commute with other UM affiliates. You can register as a driver, passenger, or both, and you can choose who you want to commute with.

Download RideFlag today and help the University of Miami reduce its carbon footprint through more sustainable mobility options.

For more information on UM’s mobility options, please visit the Parking and Transportation mobility options website at www.miami.edu/mobility, or contact Lluvia Resendiz, mobility manager, at mxr1598@miami.edu or 305-284-1547.

Download the app now on Google Play or the Google App Store.



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Look for Elevated Traffic, Lifted Parking Restrictions During Fall Commencement

Please expect elevated traffic on Thursday, December 14, while the fall semester continues and the Watsco Center hosts the University’s undergraduate fall Commencement ceremony from  10 a.m. to noon and the graduate ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Commencement guests will utilize the yellow lots, Merrick Garage and Pavia Garage, and traffic is expected to be heavier than usual two hours before the start of each ceremony, and two hours after.

Due to Hurricane Irma, fall classes will continue through Wednesday, December 20, so there will be even more traffic than usual on Commencement Day.  As a result, parking color zone restrictions will be lifted on December 14,  with the exception of blue and purple zones. Feel free to utilize other parking lots around the campus and allow extra time for your commute.

For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284 3096, option 2. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

To view the undergraduate ceremony, which will feature Major League Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez as the speaker, visit this Livestream link, and for the graduate degree ceremony, which will feature Magic Leap, Inc. founder and UM alumnus Rony Abovitz as speaker, visit, this link. The links may also be accessed through www.miami.edu.



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New Parking Technology to Require No-Back-In Policy

For the past two years, the Department of Parking and Transportation has been developing and implementing its License Plate Recognition (LPR) system, reads vehicle license plates and rapidly informs Parking Services Officers if vehicles are authorized to park on campus. The system has proven itself very beneficial. Permit holders are less likely to find their assigned zone overrun with illegal parkers and, more importantly, parking officers are enhancing campus safety by becoming more efficient eyes for the University of Miami Police Department.

The next step in the evolution of this technology is to switch to virtual permits, thus eliminating the need for plastic hangtags. However, Florida is among the 18 states that require a plate only on the rear of the vehicle, which creates a hurdle for the new technology. LPR-equipped vehicles cannot read the license plates of vehicles that back into parking spaces. As a result, Parking and Transportation will implement a ‘No-Back-In’ Policy starting in the spring 2018 semester.

There will be exceptions to this policy. For example, the drivers of out-of state-vehicles that have both front and back license plates will be able to back into a parking space. Additionally, for a $20 fee, drivers of Florida vehicles who prefer to back in to parking spaces will be able to purchase a front plate with a unique number that is linked to a virtual permit.

There are many benefits to this new policy:

Permit holders will be able to register all of their vehicles on a single virtual permit, eliminating the need to remember to switch their hangtag permit when they use a different car.

The inconvenience and expense of losing a permit will no longer be an issue. Purchasing a permit will be an immediate transaction, with no need to wait for a mail delivery.

Returning or exchanging a permit will be just as easy, with most transactions not requiring a visit to the Parking Office.

Any questions or comments can be submitted to Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2, or at parking.gables@miami.edu.

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Take the Commuter Challenge and Win Heat Tickets

Commuter ChallengeTake the South Florida Commuter Challenge and enter to win four Miami Heat Tickets with a parking pass when you log the most rides using any mode of transportation, other than a single occupant vehicle. Other prizes, sponsored by the Miami Heat, are available to participating members.

From November 6-17, participating members can start logging their trips by downloading the RideFlag Mobile App using your University of Miami email address. Once registered, just tap in at the start of your trip and tap out at the end of your trip. Every trip counts!

The University of Miami, in Partnership with South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS), challenges you to commute to and from campus using an alternate mode of transportation. Whether you elect to use public transit, carpool, bike, or walk, you can help reduce your impact on the environment. If you carpool, one (1) additional person must simultaneously track the same trip using the RideFlag Mobile App.

Additional information is available about the Commuters Challenge rules and regulations. Winners will be selected on or about November 20.

Download the app now on Google Play or the Google App Store or contact mxr1598@miami.edu or 305-284-1547.


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Street and Parking Lot Closures for Homecoming Week


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This week’s Homecoming festivities and the parade on Friday, November 3, will necessitate the roadway interruptions, lot closures, and shuttle route changes outlined below and on the map. Parking staff and UM Police will be onsite directing the community. Please allow extra time for your commute.

 Tuesday, October 31:    

·         Red Lot 302 (purple outline) will be closed on Tuesday, October 31 and reopen the following Tuesday, November 7.

 Friday, November 3: 

·         Pink Lot 307 and all parallel parking spaces on Levante Avenue will be closed all day (purple outline).

·         Stanford Circle will be closed all day (black striped area).

 From 3:30 – 11:00 p.m.:

·         Miller Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic.

 From 6 to 8 p.m.:

  • Levante Avenue will have partial closure (red shaded area).
  • Pavia Street will be closed (red shaded area). Vehicles parked inside the Pavia Garage will be directed by parking staff to exit via the Merrick Garage and proceed towards Merrick Drive. Left turns out of the Merrick Garage will not be allowed during parade activity.
  • Lot 306 next to the Counseling Center will be closed (red shaded area).
  • White Lot 303 in front of the Lowe Art Museum will be closed (red shaded area).
  • Access to White Lots 304, 304A/B/C, 309, 310 and the Mahoney-Pearson Garage will be closed via Stanford Drive. During this time, drivers will be able to exit directly onto Ponce De Leon Boulevard via the Mahoney Pearson gate (blue arrows path).
  • The parade will follow the route of the yellow arrows.

 The Stanford shuttle route will be modified due to Stanford Circle being closed all day. The modified route is shown in green on the map. Please note that the shuttle might pause temporarily during the parade.

 The Miller shuttle route will be modified from 3:30 to 11 p.m. to accommodate food trucks along Miller Circle. The modified route is shown in orange on the map.

 If you have questions, please contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096 or parking.gables@miami.edu.

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