Campus Transit Shuttle Routes and Schedules

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.

Due to reduced demand, Night Owl service has been suspended until further notice. These resources have been reallocated to help ensure that on-campus transit service can continue to serve students, faculty, staff and guests at a high level. Late night transportation alternatives to get back to campus include Metro buses (which depart downtown as late as after midnight on Friday and after 11:00pm on Saturday), transportation network companies, and carpooling.


During the fall, winter, and spring quarters UCSC Campus Transit operates three on-campus routes: The Loop, Upper Campus, and the Night Core.

A narrative version and a printable version of shuttle schedules are available online. Printed copies of the schedule/route maps will be available on board shuttles by the end of September 2018.

Google Maps Transit Information
Transit information about UCSC campus shuttles on Google Maps lists the Counterclockwise trips as "LoopO" (for Outer Loop) and the Clockwise trips as "LoopIn" (for Inner Loop).

Loop Routing
Loop buses run both directions through campus. Loop buses do not enter the Quarry Plaza or the Remote parking lots.

Counterclockwise (east to west) Loop buses depart from the main entrance transit stop, and travel on Coolidge Drive, Hagar Drive, McLaughlin Drive, and Heller Drive, and return to the main entrance (base of campus) via Empire Grade/High Street.

Clockwise (west to east) Loop buses depart from the Barn Theater transit stop on High Street, travel on High Street/Empire Grade, entering campus through the west gate at Heller Drive, and travel on McLaughlin Drive, and Hagar Drive, and return to the Barn Theater (base of campus) via Coolidge Drive.

Loop Weekday Schedule
Fall quarter service: 9/24/18 – 12/14/18
Winter quarter service: *1/4/19, 1/7/19 – 3/22/19
*On Friday, 1/4/19 day and night Loop service will be provided on 20-minute frequencies; night Loop service will operate on the Sunday night schedule
Spring quarter service: 4/1/19 – 6/13/19 

Monday through Friday:
Loop buses depart the main entrance stop every 10 minutes from 7:25am - 9:45pm
 (last departure from main entrance at 9:45pm).
Loop buses depart the Barn Theater stop every 10 minutes from 7:25am - 9:45pm (last departure from Barn Theater at 9:45pm).

Loop Saturday Schedule:
Fall quarter service: 9/29/18 – 12/8/18
Winter quarter service: 1/5/19 – 3/16/19
Spring quarter service: 4/6/19 – 6/8/19

Saturday:
Loop buses depart the main entrance stop every 20 minutes from 6:00pm -11:20pm (last departure from main entrance at 11:20pm).
Loop buses depart the Barn Theater stop every 20 minutes from 6:10pm -11:30pm (last departure from Barn Theater at 11:30pm).

Loop Sunday Schedule
Fall quarter service: 9/30/18 – 12/9/18
Winter quarter: 1/6/19 – 3/17/19
Spring quarter: 4/7/19 – 6/9/19

Sunday:
Loop buses depart the main entrance stop every 20 minutes from 6:00pm -11:20pm
(last departure from main entrance at 11:20pm).
Loop buses depart the Barn Theater stop every 20 minutes from 6:10pm -11:30pm (last departure from Barn Theater at 11:30pm).

Upper Campus Routing
Upper Campus buses depart from the East and West Remote parking lots and run both directions through campus, Monday through Friday.

Counterclockwise (east to west) Upper Campus buses depart from the inside stop of the East Remote parking lot, turn onto Hagar Drive, travel on McLaughlin Drive to Heller Drive, and end (or reverse direction) at the West Remote parking lot.

Clockwise (west to east) Upper Campus buses depart from the inside stop of the West Remote parking lot, turn onto Heller Drive, travel on McLaughlin Drive to Hagar Drive, and end (or reverse direction) at the East Remote parking lot.

Upper Campus Schedule
Fall quarter service: 9/24/18 – 12/14/18
Winter quarter service: 1/7/19 – 3/22/19
Spring quarter service: 4/1/19 – 6/13/19 

Upper Campus shuttles travel between East and West Remote parking lots from 7:30am–8:45pm, Monday–Friday, but only during class changes. 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.

Get a list of all Upper Campus route trip departure times from the East and West Remote lot transit stops.

The schedule will be adjusted on final exam days.

Night Core Routing
Night Core buses depart from the Quarry Plaza, travel on Steinhart Way to Kerr Rd to the Performing Arts/Music/Center area and Meyer Drive, travel on Heller Drive and enter the West Remote parking lot to drop off and pick up passengers inside the West Remote, return to Heller Drive and travel on McLaughlin Drive to Chinquapin and enter Crown Circle, return to McLaughlin Drive, enter Cowell Circle, travel to the interior East Remote stop, and return to Quarry Plaza via Hagar Drive.

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.    

Night Core buses operate from 8:00pm to 12:00am.
Fall quarter service: 9/24/18 – 12/14/18
Winter quarter service: 1/4/19 – 3/22/19
Spring quarter service: 4/1/19 – 6/13/19

View dates when UCSC shuttles do not operate or have modified service.

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