2018-2019 UCSC Campus Transit and Metro Bus Service Information

October 01, 2018

As our UC Community gears up for the 2018-2019 academic year, below is some information regarding on-campus transit and Santa Cruz Metro Bus service to-and-from UCSC.  

While we will always encourage everyone on campus to take advantage of our numerous walking and bicycle trails (click here to see bike path locations on campus), we are pleased to continue on-campus shuttle service to our faculty, staff, students and other guests. As of September 24, 2018, our Campus Transit and Bike Shuttle fall quarter service is underway.

UCSC Campus Transit is operating three on-campus routes: The Loop, Upper Campus and the Night Core. This year, operating hours and frequencies have been modified for each of these routes, and the two Night Core routes have been consolidated into one. Please click here to view UCSC Campus Transit shuttle schedules for the fall quarter. 

Bike Shuttle service remains unchanged, with the same level of service as last year.

Due to reduced demand, Night Owl service has been suspended until further notice. These resources have been reallocated to better 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 11p on Saturday), transportation network companies, and carpooling.

Santa Cruz Metro buses will also be operating the same level of transit service to-and-from campus as last year. This includes the Route 22 bus operating weekdays between the Coastal Science Campus and the main campus along Western Drive. Three 60-foot articulated buses will also return to provide increased capacity during the regular school term.

If you choose to drive your car to campus, consider sharing your ride. Zimride, a ride-matching program that is exclusive to the UCSC community, makes it easy to find others who want to carpool to campus. By carpooling, you can reduce your carbon footprint and save on expenses, including the cost of a parking permit.

If you have a temporary need for a vehicle, check out Zipcar, UCSC's car-sharing program. Those who are 18 years old and over can rent cars on an hourly or daily basis. Members have access to over 20 vehicles, both on and off campus.