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Six simple travel tips to help you avoid the crowds during the busy start to fall semester.
Campus News  |  Aug 20, 2013  |  By Tony Allen
Media Contact: Tony Allen (702) 895-0893
Planning ahead can help in finding parking. (Aaron Mayes/UNLV Photo Services)

Fall semester kicks-off at UNLV Aug. 26, and with it comes one of the busiest times on campus. To ensure that students, faculty, staff and campus visitors arrive safely and efficiently, UNLV offers the following parking and transportation tips:

Know before you go: Check out a parking map to keep up with changes on campus. Maps are available online at

Arrive early: Plan to arrive well before class time, particularly during the first few weeks of school when campus parking lots will be most crowded.

Park smart: The greatest number of available parking spots will be found in the Thomas & Mack Center lots (access from Tropicana or Swenson), the north parking garage (access from Cottage Grove or Claymont) and the Tropicana parking garage (in the Thomas & Mack Center lot near the Cox Pavilion). The best bet during busy times will be to go directly to these areas.

Be patient: There are enough parking spaces to accommodate the needs of all on campus. Patience and cooperation are appreciated as the campus begins the new semester.

Carpool: Carpooling frees up parking spaces and it's good for the environment - but it can also save you money. Sign up for the Regional Transportation Commission's (RTC) Club Ride program with permits easily transferrable between vehicles registered with UNLV Parking Services.

Ride the bus and save: Avoid the hassle of parking altogether by riding the bus. The RTC will open the new UNLV Transit Center in September to improve connectivity to public transit at UNLV and within the surrounding community. The Centennial Express will serve the center and directly link to the RTC's main transit hub, the Bonneville Transit Center downtown, for connections across the valley.

The RTC now also offers discounted transit passes for UNLV students, faculty and staff for use on all RTC routes. Save 68 percent off the normal rate with a semester pass, or half off with a monthly pass. Show your valid UNLV ID and buy your pass at the Student Union or Parking and Transportation Services office.

Electronic message boards will be posted at major entry points to campus during the first week of school. UNLV staff will also assist with traffic flow, directions and pedestrian safety. For more info, visit or call 895-1300.