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Transportation

Page history last edited by Chris Mankovich 2 years, 10 months ago

A nice single-page summary from TAPS.

 

Buses

There are plenty of buses that connect the UCSC campus with Santa Cruz's downtown and west side. Getting to campus from places farther flung (east side / midtown, Aptos, Capitola, Watsonville) requires connecting to a new bus through the Metro Center downtown, but is generally pretty painless. Bus schedules can be found online at Santa Cruz Metro Center or Google Maps.

 

Buses 10, 15, 16, 19, and 20 run during the school year and go between the Metro Center and campus taking various routes.

 

The 10 runs along High Street, the 20 through the West Side of town, the 19 along the entirety of Bay Street, and the 15 and 16 up Laurel-Mission-Bay.

 

On campus, even-numbered buses make the loop counter-clockwise (entering through the Main entrance), while odd-numbered buses make the loop clockwise (entering through the West entrance).

 

In addition to buses operated by the Santa Cruz Metro Transit District, UCSC operates its own buses (the "LOOP" buses) within campus which are free to ride (no ID required.) You can track these buses with the website http://slugroute.com/, or the mobile app Slug Stop.

 

You can ride any buses that leave from the Metro Center (except the 17) with your school ID if you have a valid sticker for the current quarter.

 

Bus 17 connects Santa Cruz with San Jose's Diridon Station and costs $7.00 one way as of 2017. At Diridon Station you can then use Caltrain to connect to San Francisco and stops in between. Stops like Millbrae and San Bruno serve as connections to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which then connects you with much of the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

The UCSC TAPS website has a nice guide for travel to San Francisco and San Jose airports at https://taps.ucsc.edu/airports-travel/.

 

Buses 66, 68, 69, 71, and 91 connect Santa Cruz downtown with Santa Cruz Eastside and towns farther down the coast like Capitola or Watsonville.

 

Bus 35A has a route with connections to Big Basin State Park twice a day during the summer.

 

Cycling

Santa Cruz is relatively bike-friendly. However, biking to campus from the city is a non-trivial uphill ride. To help with students who wish to bike to and from campus, all buses, including LOOP buses, have three space bike racks on the front and the Bike Shuttle runs from CVS on Mission Street (at Olive) on weekday mornings in 15 minute intervals during the academic year.

 

As of 8/8/2017, the Bike Shuttle is requiring a valid student ID to ride.

 

The Bike Shuttle schedule changes during breaks and summer, as well as during rainy conditions. It also does not run on certain holidays.

 

You should avoid biking on Mission Street, which does not have a bike lane nor bike priority signs in the region where the Bike Shuttle is. We suggest King Street as the safer option. Similar bike safety suggestions are available here.

 

A bike path is available for the way down only. Speeding is discouraged for safety. All flanking streets similarly have bike lanes in both directions that continue along Bay Street. Bike lanes become thin or non-existent on certain roads on campus, and you can bike in the streets in these regions.

 

TAPS hosts several events throughout the year to promote bike safety and a biking community. Free stuff such as bike helmets and bike lights are occasionally available.

 

Apart from bike racks for parking your bike, a 'premium' version exists in the form of bike lockers which are found throughout campus at the cost of $.05 an hour. This can be a reasonable option for multi-thousand dollar mountain bikes.

 

Speaking of mountain biking, the region around campus and the city is particularly favorable for recreational mountain biking. 

 

Cars/Parking

If you drive you will need to purchase a parking permit which can be pretty expensive. You can find information about that at the TAPS website. Our parking permits are "B". Unless you arrive early enough to park near the health center or college ten, you will be parking in the core west parking structure. You can purchase monthly, quarterly, or annual parking passes as well as one-time-use scratchers. 

 

If you find someone to carpool with the passes are cheaper (and you get to split the cost so it is a double win!). (Tip: any car can be added to a carpool pass, regardless of whether you plan to drive that car to campus!)

 

American Disabilities Act Paratransit

Quoting the website at https://www.scmtd.com/en/metro-paracruz/general-info

 

METRO ParaCruz is Santa Cruz METRO‚Äôs ADA Complementary Paratransit service offering accessible door-to-door shared rides for people who are not able to use the bus due to a physical, cognitive, or psychiatric disability.

 

For more information, check out the website.

 

Uber, Lyft, Taxis

Uber and Lyft are ride-hailing apps you can use on your mobile phone, and are good options to use when all of the above methods fail. These apps generally offer cheaper rides than a conventional taxi service.

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