UCSC Shuttle Schedule Narrative

Please note the following changes for 2018-19: the East and West Night Core routes have been consolidated into one route, the Night Core; operating hours and frequencies have been modified for the Loop, Upper Campus, and Night Core routes.

Weekday hours of operation

Campus Loop buses operate from 7:25am to 9:45pm.

Upper Campus buses operate from 7:30am to 8:45pm.

Night Core buses operate from 8:00pm to 12:00am.

Weekend hours of operation

Saturday Loop buses operate from 4:00pm to 11:30pm.

Sunday Loop buses operate from 4:00pm to 11:30pm.

Night Core buses operate from 5:00pm to 12:00am both days.

Loop Shuttle schedule

Loop Shuttles travel in both directions.

On weekdays, Loops run every 15-20 minutes prior to classes and during class changes. Due to state-mandated break periods, weekday Loop Shuttles have periodic service breaks throughout the day with less frequent Loops; see below for service break periods. On weekends, Loop shuttles run every twenty minutes.

Clockwise direction, weekdays:  

  • First run departs the Barn Theater at 7:25am
  • Last run departs the Barn Theater at 9:30pm

Counterclockwise direction, weekdays:

  • First run departs the Main Entrance at 7:25am
  • Last run departs the Main Entrance at 9:30pm

Service Breaks, weekdays (times reflect when the last loop leaves the base of campus through service continuation):

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
    • 8:15am to 8:45am
    • 10:20am to 11:30am
    • 1:00pm to 1:45PM
    • 3:05PM to 3:35PM
    • 5:05PM to 6:10PM
    • 7:25PM to 8:05PM
  • Tuesday, Thursday:
    • 8:15am to 8:45am
    • 9:55am to 10:55am
    • 12:05pm to 12:35pm
    • 3:10pm to 3:55pm
    • 5:00pm to 6:05pm
    • 7:35pm to 8:10pm

Clockwise direction, weekends:

  • First run departs the Barn Theater at 4:10pm
  • Last run on Saturday departs the Barn Theater at 11:30pm
  • Last run on Sunday departs the Barn Theater at 11:30pm

Counterclockwise direction, weekends:

  • First run departs the Main Entrance at 4:00pm
  • Last run on Saturday departs the Main Entrance at 11:20pm
  • Last run on Sunday departs the Main Entrance at 11:20pm

Upper Campus schedule

Upper Campus shuttles travel between East and West Remote parking lots, only during class changes, from 7:30am to 8:45pm Mondays through Fridays. Shuttles depart the East and West Remote lots 10 – 15 minutes prior to each class change. The last East and West Remote departures are at 8:45pm, Monday through Friday.

The schedule will be adjusted on final exam days.

Night Core schedule

There are shuttle stops at the North Perimeter parking lot and the Village that are served by request only. To request service at these stops, call the request line at (831) 459-3228. (If you get voicemail, call Campus Dispatch at 831-459-2231.) The latest time a ride request can be made is at midnight. To be dropped off at these stops, simply notify the driver when you board the shuttle.  

The following descriptions of the Night Core route list the name and timepoints of major stops; however, the shuttles stop at every bus stop along the route.

Please note that the former East and West Night Core routes have been consolidated into one route, the Night Core.

Night Core Trips Schedule (seven scheduled trips)

The first Night Core trip starts at 8:00pm at the Quarry Plaza seven nights per week. It ends at the Quarry Plaza at 8:30pm. The route time points are:

McHenry Library (8:02)
West Remote parking lot (8:10)
Kerr Hall Bridge (8:13)
Science Hill (8:14)
Crown Circle (8:17)
East Remote parking lot (8:22)

The second Night Core trip starts at 8:30pm at the Quarry Plaza seven nights per week. It ends at the Quarry Plaza at 9:00pm. The route time points are:

McHenry Library (8:32)
West Remote parking lot (8:40)
Kerr Hall Bridge (8:43)
Science Hill (8:44)
Crown Circle (8:47)
East Remote parking lot (8:52)

The third Night Core trip starts at 9:00pm at the Quarry Plaza seven nights per week. It ends at the Quarry Plaza at 9:30pm. The route time points are:

McHenry Library (9:02)
West Remote parking lot (9:10)
Kerr Hall Bridge (9:13)
Science Hill (9:14)
Crown Circle (9:17)
East Remote parking lot (9:22)

The fourth Night Core trip starts at 9:45pm at the Quarry Plaza seven nights per week. It ends at the Quarry Plaza at 10:15pm. The route time points are:

McHenry Library (9:47)
West Remote parking lot (9:55)
Kerr Hall Bridge (9:58)
Science Hill (9:59)
Crown Circle (10:02)
East Remote parking lot (10:07)

The fifth Night Core trip starts at 10:15pm at the Quarry Plaza seven nights per week. It ends at the Quarry Plaza at 10:45pm. The route time points are:

McHenry Library (10:17)
West Remote parking lot (10:20)
Kerr Hall Bridge (10:28)
Science Hill (10:29)
Crown Circle (10:32)
East Remote parking lot (10:37)

The sixth Night Core trip starts at 10:45pm at the Quarry Plaza seven nights per week. It ends at the Quarry Plaza at 11:15pm. The route time points are:

McHenry Library (10:47)
West Remote parking lot (10:55)
Kerr Hall Bridge (10:58)
Science Hill (10:59)
Crown Circle (11:02)
East Remote parking lot (11:07)

The seventh Night Core trip starts at 11:30pm at the Quarry Plaza seven nights per week. It ends at the Quarry Plaza at 12:00am. The route time points are:

McHenry Library (11:32)
West Remote parking lot (11:40)
Kerr Hall Bridge (11:43)
Science Hill (11:44)
Crown Circle (11:47)
East Remote parking lot (11:52)