Good news, avid UCF-shuttle riders — getting to campus frequently and saving on gas money just got easier.
New for the 2014-2015 school year, UCF announced it has expanded its shuttle services to include transportation to campus on Saturdays.
"The Saturday shuttle service was a platform goal by the past SGA student body president that came to light," said UCF spokeswoman Zenaida Gonazalez Kotala.
Previously, the off-campus shuttles ran from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 8 p.m. on Fridays. Off-campus shuttles were also running on select game days. This year, UCF will begin providing shuttles for students looking to get to campus most other Saturdays, as well.
Eight shuttle routes will be in circulation this fall. They will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and operate every 30 minutes. Students will be dropped off at the Student Union on campus, located on Aquarius Agora Drive.
Most of the normal weekday shuttle routes will be consolidated for the Saturday operations. The routes are as follows:
Route 1 – Knights Circle
Routes 2 and 12 – Campus Crossings at College Station, Boardwalk at Alafaya Trail, University House Central
Routes 3 and 11 – Sterling University Central, Arbour Apartments, The Edge
Routes 4, 5 and 9 – Village at Alafaya Club, Campus Crossings Alafaya, Village at Science Drive, Knights Landing
Routes 6 and 8 – Riverwind at Alafaya Trail, Tivoli
Routes 4A and 10 – The Pointe at Central, Orion on Orpington, The Lofts
Routes 6 and 13 – Northgate, Tivoli, NorthView
Routes 7 and 14 – Collegiate Village Inn, Plaza on University
Tivoli is listed on two routes due to the buses' circulation and the close proximity of the residences, Gonzalez Kotala said.
Shuttles will not operate on Saturdays for the Rosen campus.
For the fall semester, shuttles will operate every Saturday starting Aug. 23 and up through Dec. 6. The only exceptions are Aug. 30 due to the Labor Day weekend and Nov. 29 due to Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
On weekdays, shuttles operate from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on 14 different routes and typically see around 12,000 boardings per day, Gonzalez Kotala said.
Saturday ridership will be evaluated at the end of the semester, and the decision of whether to continue it in subsequent semesters will be made based on that evaluation.
Additionally, UCF will begin offering a grocery shuttle to take students on campus to the Publix in the University Palms Shopping Center. The grocery shuttle will run Tuesdays starting at 10 a.m., with the last shuttle departing Publix at 7 p.m. Operating every 45 minutes, it will pick up and drop off students at Lake Claire, CFE Arena/The Towers, Nike/Hercules/Neptune communities and Marketplace.
The grocery shuttle will not operate on Nov. 11 in light of the Veteran's Day holiday.
For more route information and a shuttle map, visit parking.ucf.edu/shuttles/off-campus-shuttles/.