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Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) Information
General Parking Information
Overnight and Commuter Parking

Football, Reserved, and Special Event Parking
Virtual Permits
Citations
FSUTranz and TransLoc
Seminole Express Bus Service
FSU License Plate and NolePass
Transportation Forms

Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) Information

What is the Transportation Access Fee applied to?

The transportation access fee of $8.90 per credit hour helps to provide funding to support the Seminole Express bus system, Nole Cab, S.A.F.E. Connection, access to the StarMetro buses, and parking lot and garage maintenance and upkeep.

I’ve locked my keys in the car/my battery is dead. Who can I call?

Florida State University has partnered with the Campus Roadside Program to provide assistance to Faculty, Staff, and Students. For assistance please call, (850) 629-8569.

Is there any transportation available to Tallahassee Regional Airport?

There are several transportation options available:

Yellow Cab, $15 flat rate using code T-999

Zipcar, a self-service, on-campus car sharing service, available at discounted hourly/daily rates. For picking up only. 

Commuter Services of North Florida offers other transportation options.

For more information visit Tallahassee Regional Airport.

What are my options for traveling outside of Tallahassee?

Zipcar: a self-service, on-campus car sharing service, available at discounted hourly/daily rates.

RedCoach: FSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, as well as friends and family of current FSUCard holders can travel to and from Florida State University with stops in Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

What are my late night transportation options?

Transportation Services offers several nighttime transportation options:

Seminole Express Nite Nole Route: The Nite Nole bus route runs from 8:00PM until 3:00AM, Tuesday through Saturday during the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Nole Cab: Your reliable ride home . . . 7 days a week, 10PM-4AM, $5/ride for up to 4 passengers - one student must present FSUCard. 850.645.TAXI (8294)

The S.A.F.E. Connection provides late night escort services from 7:00PM to 2:30AM to and from all areas on campus and select off campus locations. The S.A.F.E. Connection dispatch can be reached by contacting 850.644.SAFE (7233).

Gotcha Rides: Free, convenient, and reliable transportation on and near campus. Contact 850.270.6787.

Where can I find updates on campus parking?

Reserved parking, special event parking, and important parking announcements are posted to our website, on our official social media sites on Facebook and Twitter, and our parking app, Noles in Motion In some cases, emails may also be sent to the FSU Community.

General Parking Information

How do I know where to park with a valid permit?

At the entrance to each parking garage and parking lot there are signs posted with lot designations, acceptable permits, and enforcement hours. Spaces are painted white for student parking ("W" permit) and red for faculty/staff parking ("R"/"RP" permit). To familiarize yourself with parking, visit our campus map. You can also download the FSUTranz app, which indicates available student parking spaces in garages on campus.

Where can visitors park on campus?

If you are attending an event during permit enforcement hours, 7:30AM to 4:30PM, you will need to obtain a permit to park on campus. Visitors are welcome to park in the visitor lot in front of University Center C across from the bus stop or in any metered spot available (meters must be paid). For additional parking on campus you can visit our office to obtain a visitor parking permit for $3.25 per day or $51.75 per semester. Permits are also available online here.

You may also take advantage of our FSU Valet service, and let someone else do the parking for you!

Where is disabled parking on campus?

At Florida State University we strive to ensure our campus is accessible to all people. Our campus is dotted with hundreds of disabled parking spaces to ensure that persons with disabilities, whether they are temporary or permanent, have easy access to their destination. For locations of Disabled Parking spaces, please see the Disabled Parking Map.

If you are not able to locate a disabled parking space near your destination or they are full, please call the Student Disability Resource Center at 850.644.9566. They provide an accessible van service to take you to and from classes throughout the day.

Where can I park my motorcycle/scooter?

Motorcycles and scooters are required to park in designated parking spots that are solely for two-wheeled vehicles. They may also park in metered spaces as long as they pay that meter. Click here for more information.

Who can park in the parking garages?

The first floor of every parking garage is available for "R" and "RP" faculty and staff parking permits. The other floors are designated for "W" student permit holders. The top floor of every parking garage, and the top two floors of the Traditions Way and floors 2 - 7 of the W. Pensacola St. parking garages, are available for overnight parking. Ramps leading to top floors are considered overnight parking. Be sure to note acceptable permit types,commuter status, overnight parking, and enforcement hours located on signage as you enter each garage.

Why am I only allowed to park nose-in?

Nose-in parking is enforced in garages to read/ check plates for virtual permits and to avoid common vehicle and traffic hazards. All parking spaces in each parking garage require nose-in parking (cars backed into a garage space will receive a citation). Signage posting this regulation are posted through out each parking garage.

Back-In hang-tags will be available. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are eligible to purchase this permit to back-in to spaces on campus. However, the vehicle must have a valid virtual or valid hang-tag parking permit. If the vehicle has another hang-tag in use, the back-in hang-tag is allowed to be displayed on the vehicles dashboard, but both hang-tags must be visible. Back-in parking is allowed in surface parking lot spaces only, it cannot be used in any campus parking garage or any parking lots or spaces that are angled. 

The Back-In permit is $50.00 each year and the cost will be prorated on the 1st of each month throughout the school year. 

The Back-In hang-tag is not need in disabled parking spaces. Vehicles with valid state issued disabled license plates or placards can back-in any marked disabled space. Students, faculty, and staff must also have a valid campus parking permit ro use campus disabled spaces. 

What hours are parking meters enforced?

Parking meters are enforced Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 4:30PM.

Who do I call if I am having problems with a meter?

If you experience any technical difficulties with a meter contact Transportation Services at 850.644.5278.

Can freshman park on campus?

Yes, parking is available to all registered students.

It is finals week. Do parking rules still apply?

Yes, all parking rules remain in effect during finals.

The University is closed/it's semester break. What are the parking rules?

During these times, vehicles must be parked in a legal parking space. Permits are not required for student lots during these times but permit requirements will be enforced when classes are in session. All rules and regulations other than "permit required" are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

Property:
  1. Always lock your car doors.
  2. Do not leave valuables in view inside the car.
  3. Use an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock.
  4. Do not store an extra key under the car/fender/etc.
  5. Park where your car can be seen from the street.
  6. At night, park in a well traveled and well lighted area.
Personal Safety:
  1. Avoid walking alone at night.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings.
  3. Use S.A.F.E Connect (644-SAFE) for a free ride to your car at night.
  4. Walk with friends.
  5. Park in a well-lighted area.
  6. Check your car before getting in.
  7. Note locations of Blue Light Emergency Phones.

FSUPD: Emergency 911 Non-Emergency: 311 (on-campus) 644-1234 (off-campus)

Overnight and Commuter Parking

Where can I park my car overnight?

Overnight parking is available on the top floor of the Call Street, Spirit Way, St. Augustine Street, and Woodward Parking Garages. Overnight parking is available on floors 2 - 7 of the West Pensacola St. Parking Garage, and the top two floors of the Traditions Way Garage. Ramps leading to top floors are considered overnight parking. Electronic and traditional signage is located at the entrances to each parking garage indicating what levels allow overnight parking. Many parking lots on campus are also available for overnight parking. Click here for a map of Overnight Parking on the main campus.

Is overnight parking allowed in the Visitor Lot at University Center B?

No overnight parking is allowed in the Visitor Lot at UCB. However, anyone, including visitors, can park in any overnight lots without a valid FSU permit until 7:30am on weekdays. Click here for a map of Overnight Parking on the main campus.

Can visitors park in overnight parking lots without a valid FSU permit?

Yes, anyone, including visitors, can park in any overnight lots without a valid FSU permit until 7:30am on weekdays. Click here for a map of Overnight Parking on the main campus.

What are commuter lots? Who can park there?

Commuter lots are designated with signage at the each entrance to the parking lot. Commuter lots provide parking availability to students who do not live on campus. All students with a "W" permit may park in commuter lots. Overnight parking (midnight to 5:45AM, or as otherwise designated by signage) Sunday through Friday is not permitted in Commuter Lots.

Which lots are designated Commuter lots?

Please review the Commuter Lot Parking Map. Please note that parking garage levels not specified for Overnight Parking are considered Commuter Parking.

I will be going home for semester break (or longer), where can I leave my car?

Students may park in any parking area designated for overnight parking. Florida State University and Transportation and Parking Services are not responsible for any loss or damage to your vehicle.

I'm leaving town for an extended time (month or longer) but my car will be parked on campus. Who should I notify?

Prior to leaving your vehicle unattended on campus please notify our office at 850.644.5278.

Football, Reserved, and Special Event Parking

Where can I park on campus for football game days?

Click here to view a map showing Booster parking, and here (pdf) to view general open campus parking. The Spirit Express game day shuttle is also available. Click here for more information about football gameday parking.

Are there any reserved parking spaces available?

At this time, we do not offer reserved parking for general students or faculty/staff. If you are a department interested in Reserved Parking, click here for more information and contact our office at 850.644.5278.

How can I reserve parking for a special event on campus?

To request reserved parking, please complete the Special Event Form and Purchase Order. Both forms are required to process your request and should be faxed (850.644.4999) or emailed at least 48 hours in advance. Reserved meters are $10 per space, per day, reserved spaces w/o attendant(s) are $10 per space, per day, reserved space w/ attendant(s) are $3.25 per hour per attendant. Click here for more information.

Where can I find information about reserved parking on campus?

Reserved parking, special event parking, and important parking announcements are posted daily to our website, on our official social media sites on Facebook and Twitter, and our apps FSUTranz and TransLoc. In some cases, emails may also be sent to the FSU Community.

Virtual Parking Permits

What are Virtual Parking Permits?

Virtual Parking Permits use your license plate information and a connected database to identify your vehicle rather than a traditional decal or hanging permit. Similar to the traditional parking permit registration, Students, Faculty & Staff information such as home addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, and vehicle information (license plate number, make/model, color, etc.) online at any time.

When are permits required?

At Florida State University, all student, faculty, and staff vehicles parked on campus must be registered for a valid virtual permit from 7:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. Metered spaces do not require permits but must be paid from 7:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.

What does "VW" or "VR" mean?

 Virtual "VW" are student permits, valid for white lined student parking spaces. Virtual "VR" are issued to faculty and staff, valid for red line faculty/staff parking spaces.

How do I obtain a virtual permit?

Students Virtual W ("VW"), Faculty/Staff: Virtual R ("VR"), and Emeritus: Virtual E ("VE")  permits are available online here.

Permits must be re-ordered every fall semester.

How do I receive a virtual permit using payroll deduction?

You may fill out the Human Resources Forms online wizard or visit our office at 104 North Woodward Avenue located in the FSUCard Center (inside the FSUCard Center, entrance through the FSU Bookstore). You will need to bring your FSUCard and EMPLID. These virtual permits are only available to USPS, A&P, and Faculty.

How many Temporary Permits may I order?

All current students, faculty, and staff are allowed ten days worth of temporary permits a year at no charge. Printed temporary permits are used for rental cars, personal visitors, etc. After you have used all ten days, visit our office to purchase a Temporary Permit at $3.25 a day or purchase additional days online. You may acquire a temporary permit online or by visiting the Transportation Services office.

As a permit owner, you are responsible for all citations issued under your permit number.

What information is required to register my vehicle?

You will need your vehicle information (color, make, model, year, and license plate), home address, email address, and telephone number.

What happens if I enter my license plate number incorrectly when registering?

Entering your vehicle information correctly is vital to the process. If you enter your vehicle information incorrectly (especially your license plate), you may be subject to enforcement. Initially, Transportation and Parking Services will attempt to notify vehicle owners when their information is found to be incorrect – prior to issuing a formal citation. If the vehicle information is not corrected, a citation may be issued. So, please double check your information to make sure it is correct.

What if I have a rental or loaner car?

In the same system that is used to register your vehicle, there is an option to request a temporary parking permit. All current permit holders have the option to request temporary parking permits at no additional charge (for up to ten days each year). Please contact Transportation and Parking Services if your situation requires a temporary parking permit for a period of time that is greater than ten days.

I sold my car (or bought a new one). Do I need to do anything?

Yes! If you’ve sold a car that was previously part of your Parking Account or attached to one of your virtual permits, you will need to remove that vehicle from your account. Likewise, any new vehicle that you own and plan on bringing to campus will need to be added to your account and your virtual permit. Click here to log into your parking account with your FSUID and password. 

What about visitor passes?

Visitors will have three options for purchasing temporary parking passes. Visitors can visit our office at 104 N. Woodward Avenue (in the Woodward Parking Garage), visit our attendant booth at the University Center Visitor Lot, or purchase a parking pass online. For directions to one of our locations, please call us at (850) 644-5278 or email us at transportation@fsu.edu. Click here and select "Create A Guest Account" to purchase a pass online.

Can I register more than one vehicle to my Virtual Permit?

Yes! Up to five vehicles can be registered to your Virtual Permit at any one time. However, only one of those vehicles is allowed to park on campus at a time. The LPR system will alert enforcement if multiple vehicles that share a permit are seen on campus within a two-hour period. In this case, both vehicles will receive a citation for improper parking.

What if my spouse or child works on campus or attends classes?

While it is possible to register up to five vehicles to one virtual permit, you must ensure that only one of the registered vehicles is on campus at any given time. You must register for separate virtual permits if both you and your spouse or child will be on campus at the same time. The LPR system will alert enforcement if multiple vehicles that share a permit are seen on campus within a two-hour period. If this happens, both vehicles will receive a citation for improper parking.

Can I register my car/truck and my motorcycle/scooter to the same Virtual Permit?

Unfortunately, not at this time. Due to lot size restrictions and enforcement requirements, you will still need to purchase a separate regular motorcycle/scooter virtual permit. Motorcycle/scooter parking permits will be available online and at our main office.

How frequently are parking lots and garages patrolled?

Each campus parking lot is patrolled on a continuous, variable route. The routes ensure each parking area is patrolled multiple times each day in order to provide consistent enforcement. In addition, traditional parking enforcement (e.g., officers on foot) monitor safety concerns, reserved spaces, disabled spaces, no parking zones, etc.

Citations

Why are citations given?

Citations are issued for violation of parking regulations on campus. Citations are most commonly issued for: parking in a reserved space without proper permit, parking without a permit, parking with an expired permit, parking in an "R" space with a "W" permit, parking on lawns, landscapes or sidewalks, parking in a "No Parking" or non-designated parking area, and parking in a fire lane. For complete parking regulations, click here.

How do I pay a citation?

Citations can be paid at Student Business Services located in University Center A, Suite 1500, online at fees.fsu.edu, at the FSUCard Center (with cash or check only), or the University Housing office.

I want to appeal a citation I received. What do I do?

To appeal a citation, go to the Citations page and click on the Appeal Citation button. Appeals will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The decision will be returned to you within two weeks.

I got a citation today, but it will not let me pay or appeal it.

Citations are uploaded at the end of each business day. Citations will be available for payment the morning after the citation is issued. If the citation has not posted within three (3) business days, please contact us transportation@fsu.edu.

Can I appeal my citation/pay over the phone?

No, appeals are only accepted online, in our office (104 North Woodward Avenue), or via fax/mail as a written request. You can pay online, by mail, or in person at Student Financial services in University Center A, Suite 1500, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2394.

I have not heard about my appeal decision yet, and the 30th day when late fees are added is approaching. What should I do?

Late fees are automatically added after 30 days. If you have appealed your citation within 30 days of receiving it, the late fee will be removed once your appeal has been answered.

I received a bill, but I have never been on campus. Is this in error?

If a car is parked on campus without a parking permit, the citation is issued to the vehicle's registered owner. Vehicle information matching the license tag to the owner is acquired from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In many cases, students do not own their vehicles and the citations will be billed to their parents if the student didn't have a permit. If you feel this is an error, please contact our office at 850.644.5278.

I am trying to register for classes but I have a hold from Transportation and Parking Services. Can I get a hold lifted?

If there is a Transportation and Parking Services related hold on your registration please contact our office at 850.644.5278 or send an email to transportation@fsu.edu.

Does Transportation Services issue citations during the first week of class?

Citations are not given for not having student virtual permits in student lots (white lines) during the first week of class. However, all other Parking and Traffic Regulations are enforced.

Why did my car get towed?

Cars that are abandoned on campus, deemed as a safety hazard by FSU Police or Environmental Health and Safety, or parked in a reserved or undesignated space will be towed. All towing and storage charges will be borne by the vehicle owner. Click here for more information.

Who do I contact if my car is towed?

We can provide you a tow release form in our office, located at 104 North Woodward Avenue (inside the FSUCard Center, entrance through the FSU Bookstore). After 5:00PM, please contact the FSU Police Department at 850.644.1234.

Why did my car get booted? Who do I contact?

Vehicles with $90 or more of unpaid citations, displaying multiple permits, altered permits, or misuse of permits, are subject to being booted. If your vehicle is booted, contact Transportation Services at 850.644.5278. After 5 PM, please contact the FSU Police Department at 850.644.1234.

Seminole Express and StarMetro Bus Service

What are the hours of operation?

Monday - Friday
Fall/Spring 7:00am - 8:00pm
Summer 7:00am - 5:00pm

Nite Nole
Tuesday - Saturday
Fall/Spring 10:30pm - 3:00am
Summer No Service

Do the buses run on weekends?

The Seminole Express DOES NOT run on the weekends. The Nite Nole DOES run on Saturdays from 10:00PM to 3:00AM. City buses provided by StarMetro operate on a weekend schedule and are accessible to students. Please visit TransLoc​ or our campus map for routes.

I left/misplaced an item on the bus, who should I contact?

Please contact StarMetro at 850.891.5200.

FSUTranz and TransLoc

How can I access the location of all the buses?

The FSU TransLoc app allows you to see real-time locations of all the buses and keep you informed on any announcements that may impact your ride. The app is available for free download for Apple or Android devices.

What is FSU Tranz?

FSUTranz shows real-time parking availability information for all 6 garages to make it easier to find a parking space.

E - ½ = High probability of finding a space (Green)
FSUTranz preview
½ - ¾ = Lot filling fast (Green and Yellow)
FSUTranz preview
¾ - F = Low probability of finding a space (Green, Yellow, and Red)
FSUTranz preview

FSU License Plate and NolePass

Where can I get an FSU license plate?

Display your pride in Florida State University with the purchase of an FSU license plate. Proceeds from plate sales are applied to the university’s general scholarship fund to support need- and merit-based scholarships for Florida State students. Rebates for first-time buyers, as well as gift certificates and information on purchasing your FSU license plate is available online at fsu.edu/mytag.
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What is a NolePass?

 NolePasses are gladly accepted on all toll roads and most bridges throughout Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Simply put, it’s compatible with E-PASS, SunPass, LeeWay, PeachPass, or QuickPass. Score big and save more by getting the same discounts and benefits exclusive to E-PASS customers!

 

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