Transportation Facts- TAPS, February 2018

Important Information from Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)

  • Did you know that student parking permit eligibility is determined at the beginning of Fall Quarter (or whenever you arrive at UCSC), and doesn't change until the next Fall? Freshman and sophomore students who live on campus are not eligible to purchase parking permits; earning enough credits to achieve Junior status won't change your eligibility until the beginning of the next academic year. Details are available here: 
  • For parking-eligible undergraduate students:  Did you know that although commuting students (and residential juniors and seniors) are eligible to apply for a campus parking permit, having eligibility does not mean that you will be issued a permit? In 2017-2018 long-term R permits (annual, quarterly, monthly, and weekly) and C permits sold out for the academic year prior to the start of fall quarter 2017, due to the high demand. Completing the parking application process in summer 2018 is recommended if you really need to bring a car to campus in fall. A link to the online application is available on the TAPS home page starting in mid-May 2018:
  • Did you know you can get the latest tweets about UCSC campus transit and parking at @ucsc_taps? 
  • Because of UCSC's terrain, walking is often the best way to get where you're going, so make sure to bring a pair of good walking shoes. A walking map of the campus, along with estimated walking times, is available here:
  • Need to travel between UCSC and local airports? See this helpful info:
  • Need access to a car for errands, appointments, and other stuff?  Zipcar might work for you:
  • Want to ride the Turkey/Polar/Bunny Express between UCSC and Los Angeles for Thanksgiving, Winter, or Spring break? Register online at UCSC Recreation; select Services > LA Holiday Express Buses in the top navigation at:,
    or call (831) 459-2807 for more information.
  • UCSC has it's own rideshare program. Zimride is a great way to share a ride with another UCSC student, or set up a carpool.
  • UCSC Transportation and Parking Services partners with Santa Cruz Metro to provide evening and weekend bus service to shopping locations near UCSC. Check out the Route 20 UCSC via Westside schedule at for details.
  • Have classes at the UCSC Coastal Science Campus? Santa Cruz Metro provides hourly bus service, Monday through Friday, between UCSC main campus and the Coastal Science Campus. Get details at
  • You can get real-time locations of UCSC Campus Transit shuttles (our on-campus bus system) from and from these mobile apps that use data:
    • Slug Bus - Loop Tracker for UCSC (iPhone app)
    • Slug Route (iPhone app)
    • Slug Stop (Android app)
  • Did you know that for safety reasons the bike path through the Great Meadow closes at sunset? A variety of information for UCSC bicyclists is available here:
  • Did you know that you could "borrow" a bike at no charge from The UCSC Bike Library? Get more information and an online application here:
  • Bicycles brought to campus are required to be licensed. Locations where you can obtain a free bike license are listed here: