Fall 2020 Transportation Programs

To: UC Santa Cruz Staff & Faculty

From: UCSC Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)

As our UCSC community begins the fall quarter, below is some information regarding campus transportation options. 

Campus Bike Programs

We’re pleased to announce that the Great Meadow Bike Path has re-opened with some outstanding improvements! Read about the improvements and upgrades at the TAPS website and stay tuned for an announcement about how you can share your story about biking on campus.

Biking is fun, but the Santa Cruz hills can be a major challenge. Why not try an e-bike? UCSC employees are eligible to apply for a 0% interest loan of up to $1,500 to purchase an e-bike. Visit the TAPS website to learn how to apply. 

Be sure to check out taps.ucsc.edu/bike-programs to find out about all our bike programs and check for upcoming virtual events. 

Taking the Bus

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, both Campus Shuttles and METRO buses will limit the number of passengers on each bus, and Campus Shuttles can only be boarded through the rear door. We recommend you give yourself extra time when taking the bus in case you’re unable to board due to passenger limits. 

Night Core service will be on-demand only through October 31, 2020. Night Core shuttles will serve all Campus Loop stops and some college circles, and will be available Monday–Friday from 6:00–11:15 p.m. and on weekends from 4:30–11:45 p.m. Call (831) 459-2829 to arrange a ride.

View the Campus Shuttle schedule for Fall 2020 here. 

UCSC faculty and staff can get a discounted quarterly or annual METRO bus pass for rides within Santa Cruz County for only $16 per month. Apply here to get your bus pass. Visit scmtd.com to view schedules and routes. 

Sharing a Ride

UCSC Vanpools save you money, reduce wear and tear on your car, and help the environment. We have Vanpools serving the San Jose, Watsonille, and Monterey areas. Contact the Vanpool Office to find out if there are routes available near you. 

Emergency Ride Home

If you use alternative transportation to commute to work (bus, bike, carpool, vanpool, or walking), you're eligible for (2) FREE rides home a year in an emergency—no matter where you live! No mileage cap, no price cap. Use a cab, Uber/Lyft, bus, rental car, etc.  To participate in the Emergency Ride Home Program, register here.

Parking on Campus

While we encourage everyone on campus to utilize alternative transportation methods, you may need occasional parking. For those working remotely, we have added several daily and hourly ParkMobile spaces for short-term or on-demand parking. Visit the TAPS website for more information about daily and short-term parking options. 

If you have transportation questions that this email doesn't answer, please see our website at taps.ucsc.edu, or feel free to contact us at taps@ucsc.edu. For the latest updates, follow TAPS on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Happy traveling!