2021 Transportation Updates

Welcome back, Slugs!

As our UCSC community gears up for the 2021-2022 academic year, we want to make sure you have all the transportation and parking information you need.

Stay in the Know

Keep up to date on your parking permits, bus passes, incentives, giveaways, and much more at TAPS.ucsc.edu. Also, sign up for “Slugs on the Move,” TAPS’s new quarterly newsletter, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Transit Safety (Campus Transit and METRO)
Campus Transit and METRO will return to normal passenger capacities and school-term service levels. Face coverings are required on both! NO MASK, NO RIDE. Information regarding appropriate face coverings from EH&S is available here.

METRO Route Changes

Santa Cruz METRO Route 18 has replaced Route 16.  Including regular and direct service to Safeway on Mission Street, the 18 serves Westside Santa Cruz and UCSC. Route 22 will operate from the Coastal Science Campus to the UCSC Residential Campus following a new route. Get updated information and current schedules at scmtd.com.

Learn more about bus passes and get updated Campus Transit shuttle schedules on the TAPS website. 

COVID-19 Vaccination
You have until Sept. 9 to be in compliance with the campus vaccination program.  Learn more

Slug Bike Life

Biking. It’s a Slug way of life. Sign up for bike events, free helmets and lights, giveaways, and more at slugbikelife.org!  Check out the Bike Library if you need a bike or learn how employees can get 0% interest loans for bikes or e-bikes. 

The Bike Shuttle is returning this fall! Check the Bike Shuttle page to learn more.

Travel Smart at UCSC and earn rewards

Track your sustainable travel to earn rewards!  Sign up with your UCSC email at my.cruz511.org/s/goscc to be eligible for perks like gift cards, Zipcar credit, Bike Link locker cards and 1-month METRO bus passes.

Campus Parking Permits

Undergrad C permits are sold out and R permits are selling quickly. If you are eligible for a parking permit, apply now

For employees with a hybrid telecommute schedule, we have limited day permit options, or scratch-off permits. These options are also available to graduate students.

Additional Helpful Information

EV chargers are now available in the East Remote parking lot, including for those with R, C, or FSH permits. Find out how you can get EV rebates and discounts here.

Due to construction, the Kresge pedestrian bridge and Lot 145 will be closed through August 31, 2022. Lot 143 and 147 will have minimal parking available for affiliates.  Learn more about the project and alternate routes here.

Due to vehicle shortages, Zipcar will have 9 cars on campus. TAPS will continue to work with Zipcar to return our fleet to pre-pandemic levels. Sign up now so you can reserve wheels when you need them. 

We’re looking forward to once again seeing you on campus...happy traveling, Slugs! 

Your friends at TAPS