The Roo has its benefits and its flaws

“The Roo Express buses are a convenient source of transportation on The University of Akron campus. Whether you are having a lazy day or the weather is bad, the Roo Express is usually there at your disposal. Anyone associated with the university and who has a Zip Card can ride the Roo Express for free, including those who are disabled or in a wheelchair.”

The Roo Express buses are a convenient source of transportation on The University of Akron campus.

Whether you are having a lazy day or the weather is bad, the Roo Express is usually there at your disposal.

Anyone associated with the university and who has a Zip Card can ride the Roo Express for free, including those who are disabled or in a wheelchair.

All routes run from around 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, while the north and west routes run on the weekends too.

These buses are not only helpful to students who live on campus, but they are also helpful to commuters.

Often commuters end up parking their cars a long distance from main campus, so the Roo Express can take them from where they parked to the building they need to go.

Recently, an issue has been brought up about rules and regulations for the Roo Express.

Some passengers have been getting mixed responses from bus drivers about whether or not it is acceptable to stand and hold onto the bar that is attached to the ceiling.

This problem has effected many students who have either been told they cannot enter the bus because all of the seats were taken, or students have fallen while standing.

Many drivers have been said to place blame on students for not being more careful; students have claimed the drivers were at fault for those who have fallen.

Some students say they witnessed drivers not paying attention after they entered the bus, and they started driving before the students were either seated or holding onto the ceiling bars, causing one or two people to slip and fall.

It is especially vital to watch for situations like this during rainy and snowy weather when the floors are wet.

Placing blame on the students or bus drivers would be wrong and would not change anything.

In order to resolve the concern and confusion, someone needs to step forward and set the record straight.

Riding the Roo Express is a privilege that The University of Akron has provided us, and by informing everyone about the rules and regulations both drivers and passenger will have a better riding experience.