Golden Panther Express Shuttle upgrading services, increasing fare

First rate increase in five years to help pay for continuation of popular service and improved user experience

The Golden Panther Express (GPE) Shuttle, a popular transportation alternative for students commuting between Modesto A. Maidique (MMC) and Biscayne Bay (BBC) campuses, will upgrade its services this fall.

Passengers will be able to utilize Wi-Fi service during their commute. In addition, security cameras will be installed on the shuttles to enhance the safety of students and faculty/staff. While FIU continues to look into bus shelter improvements at MMC and BBC, a bus shelter is being constructed inside MMC’s Gold Parking Garage to provide additional protection to riders from the sun and rain.

Beginning Mon., Aug. 22, the Golden Panther Express Shuttle fare will increase from $2 per one way trip to $2.50 per one way trip. This is the first rate increase since 2006. University officials say the increase is needed to support the continuation of the service along with the implementation of a new contract and the new amenities.

The service, which provided nearly 100,000 roundtrips between MMC and BBC in fiscal year 2010-2011, is going ticketless. Fares will be automatically deducted from the FIU One Card. Any unused GPE tickets previously purchased are eligible for credit.  These tickets must be returned to the MMC or BBC Parking & Transportation office prior to Sept. 2 in order to process the $2 per trip credit on the FIU One Card.

Additional information, including the bus schedules, is available on the Parking & Transportation website.