On April 8, in response to rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths, Merced County issued a new health order applying stricter directives to ensure community health and safety. The order clarifies, strengthens and extends certain terms of the prior stay-at-home order to increase physical distancing and reduce person-to-person contact to slow transmission and deaths related to COVID-19.
The order directs everyone living in Merced County to continue to stay at home unless they are providing or receiving essential services and directs all businesses and governmental agencies, including UC Merced, to cease non-essential operations at physical locations. The order also directs cessation of all non-essential travel.
In response to the order, UC Merced will reduce CatTracks services effective end of day Friday, April 24, 2020. We understand students may need to access essential goods, such as toiletries, and UC Merced will make these products available for free.
If students need transportation, UC Merced will continue to support Route UC, operated by the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG) and a new route to accommodate trips to essential service locations. Route UC continues to serve riders from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the new BobCat Express, operated by CatTracks, will run between 11 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. Monday through Friday.
All other fixed routes operated by MCAG continue to run within the city and county limits and are now free to the public. Track The Bus live at MCAG’s website.
Information regarding the new BobCat Express downtown Loop route can be found here.
While bus transit is still available, we encourage students to shelter in place and avoid traveling for non-essential reasons. All essentials provided through the Marketplace are free of charge to on-campus students using a combination of unspent transportation service student fees and grants provided by California.
We understand the reduction in bus service may create a hardship, and we are here to help. Please work with your resident life coordinator if you need immediate assistance. Take care of yourself and your loved ones and please be patient as we work through this together.