Bus Ridership Policies

Bus Ridership Policies


UC Merced's CatTracks is a service for persons affiliated with UC Merced, including students, faculty and staff. The greater Merced community may also ride CatTracks buses for a nominal fare. Please refer to the bus policies below to find out how to ride the bus:

CatCard

Have your valid/legible CatCard ready to present to the bus driver when boarding the bus. The bus driver has the right to request a rider pay fare amount if CatCard is faded and/or unreadable.

The UC Merced Shuttle "Route UC"

All students pay a mandatory transit fee within their tuition, which offers access to "The Bus" with a valid CatCard at no additional charge. Students must be actively enrolled in the current term. Terms are classified by fall, spring, and summer. Please contact TAPS for more information.  Faculty and staff have the option of purchasing a 31 Day fixed Route Pass for $60 or pay the daily fare of $1.50. More information regarding Route UC can be found here.

Closed Door Policy

Drivers will not wait. Due to the strict schedules of the bus stops, drivers are not to delay for unnecessary reasons. Once the bus doors are closed, the driver's focus in on safe departure from the stops by looking for oncoming traffic, not for additional riders. Drivers will not purposefully leave someone who is running towards the bus. However, for safety reasons, once the bus is in "gear," drivers will not stop.

Standing Policy

Standing is permitted only when seats are not available. If there are no seats available, please hold the provided handrails for your safety.

Bikes

For your safety, bicycles are not allowed inside the bus. Most shuttles are equipped with bicycle racks, which carry a maximum of three bicycles are a time. Availability is on a first-come, first served basis. Please note that beach cruiser-style bicycles are not allowed on the bicycle racks due to weight and size constraints. To prevent a fire hazard all motorized bicycles are also not allowed on the bus.

Audio and Video Surveillance

Passengers may be subject to audio and video surveillance.

Food and Drinks

Food and beverages are permitted on CatTracks. Trash is collected on each bus. Please do your part and dispose of it properly. If there is a spill or mess, please notify the bus driver to reduce the chance of someone getting injured due to a slippery floor.

Lost and Found

Items may be found at the UC Merced Department of Public Safety. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed daily from 12-1 p.m.). Phone (209) 228-8273.

Pets

Pets are not permitted on CatTracks. Please note any rider who brings a pet on to a CatTracks bus will be asked to disembarke at the next stop.

Respect

For a safe and enjoyable ride, respect your fellow passengers and the drivers.

Driver Breaks

While the bus driver is on break, all passengers will be asked to exit the bus as the driver will need to close the doors to prevent any safety hazards while away.

CatTracks Children Fare Policy

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children Riding with UC Merced Faculty, Staff of Students

Age Group Rate
2 and Under No Charge
3 - 12 No Charge
13 and Up $2 per ride (Regular Fare)

Children Riding with Adult(s) NOT Affiliated with UC Merced

Age Group Rate
2 and Under No Charge
3 - 12 $1 per ride (Reduced Fare)
13 and Up $2 per ride (Regular Fare)