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Unitrans 2017-2018 Service Changes Effective August 7, 2017

The new Unitrans 2017-2018 schedule is effective Monday, August 7, with changes in weekend service going into effect the following Saturday, August 12.  Below is a summary of service changes. Please be sure to review the schedule for your line to ensure that you arrive at your bus stop on time.

a.   Revised O-line Shoppers Shuttle to Restore Hourly Service:
The O-line Shoppers Shuttle was revised in 2016 to improve on-time performance, but that change resulted in the bus running on an odd schedule (every 75 minutes).  The less convenient timing resulted in a significant drop in ridership.  As a result, Unitrans is restoring hourly service, but to do that, some portions of the current O-line have been eliminated.  The revised O-line continues to serve Amtrak, 5th Street, Alhambra, Target, 8th Street (Davis Manor Shopping Center) with service to and from the Memorial Union.  The line no longer serves Hutchison Drive, La Rue Road, the Silo Terminal, or the University Mall / Cuarto area.  Note that the University Mall / Cuarto area will continue to be served by the G, K, and P/Q lines on weekends. A new X line will start on August 12 to maintain service to La Rue Road and the Tercero Dorms. See “b” below for details.

b. New X Line – Residence Hall Loop / Aggie Stadium

The new X line starts service on August 12 operating hourly on weekends only from the Memorial Union terminal to La Rue Road and serves the Tercero Dorms. For customer convenience, customers may remain on the O line which will turn into the X line at the Memorial Union Terminal. The X line will become the O line upon arrival at the Memorial Union Terminal too.

c.   Simplified K-night Routing which currently operates only during Finals service after 8:00pm:
The K-line will continue on its regular route during all times of service.

d.   Revised T-line Route and Times to Accommodate Later Start Time at Davis Senior High School and Ridership Patterns:
Because of very low ridership on the southern-most portion of the T-line, the line is shifted from its current routing via Danbury-Montgomery-Mace to Lillard-Drummond-Cowell, similar to the P/Q lines.  The remainder of the routing is unchanged to Davis High School (to arrive for the 8:15 start time) and continues east from the high school to provide a stop at Harper Junior High on Covell for the 8:30 start time (Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri).  The afternoon bus follows the existing T line route with the exception of shifting from Mace-Montgomery-Danbury to Cowell-Drummond-Lillard consistent with the morning run.  Because of later start and earlier dismissal times on Wednesdays, the timing and routing is altered, and two trips operate in the morning (one to DSHS and one to Harper) and in the afternoon.  The map below shows the route that operates in the morning on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri.



Spare the Air Day – Wed, Aug 2 and Thurs, Aug 3

Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3 have been designated as Spare the Air days.  All Unitrans service is free on Spare the Air days.

Draft Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program & Goal Setting Methodology

View/Download: Draft Unitrans DBE Program and Goal-Setting Methodology

Unitrans has established a Proposed Overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal of 1.0%, for Federal Fiscal Years 2018-2020. The DBE Goal is applicable to DOT-(FTA) assisted contracting opportunities scheduled to be awarded during the period of October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2020. Unitrans’ Proposed Overall DBE Goal and its rationale (developed in response to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Regulations published under Title 49 CFR Part 26) are posted the Unitrans web site at www.unitrans.com, and is available for inspection for thirty (30) days following the date of this Notice, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, Monday through Friday at the Unitrans Business Office located at:


5 South Hall

1 Shields Ave

Davis, CA 95616-8759

ATTN: Teri Sheets, Assistant General Manager

Unitrans seeks input from minority, women, and general contractor groups, community organizations, other interested agencies and organizations, and the general public on the availability of both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses, the effects of discrimination on contracting opportunities for DBE firms, and efforts that could level the playing field for the participation of DBE firms in business and contracting opportunities offered by Unitrans.

Comments will be accepted for thirty (30) days from the date of this Notice. Comments can be forwarded to Ms. Teri Sheets at Unitrans at the above stated address or by email to agma@unitrans.com. Comments may also be sent to Ms. Lynette Little, Civil Rights Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 90 Seventh Street, Suite 15-300, San Francisco, CA, 94103.

Saturday Doubledecker Bus Rides, Saturday, July 1



Saturday, July 1 is the next date featuring free Doubledecker bus rides, which are provided by Unitrans, in cooperation with the City of Davis and the Davis Farmers Market.  The shuttle provides a connection between the Farmers Market at Central Park and the UC Davis Memorial Union  (and Quad District Parking Structure), as well as parking lots and other attractions in downtown Davis.  On Saturdays, parking is generally free in most City and campus parking lots (click for details). The shuttle runs from 9:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. with the bus serving each stop approximately every 20 minutes.  Click on map below to see the route and stops.


The bus rides are usually offered on the first Saturday of each month, with reminders posted on this web page and Unitrans Facebook page.   Weekend Unitrans service is available on the GK, MO, P, Q,  and V-mu lines — click on the line letter for a schedule and map.  The lines run hourly from all parts of Davis, with the first buses arriving at downtown Davis and the UC Davis campus before 9:00 am, and the last buses leaving those areas after 6:00 pm.  All weekend service is now based at the MU terminal for easy transfers to the Farmers Market  doubledecker shuttle.


Service for July 4th Holiday – O-line via 1st Street Downtown

Weekend service is the service in effect on Tuesday, July 4th, for the Independence Day holiday.  Unitrans will be running weekend service — with buses running from the Memorial Union 9AM-6PM (with the first P/Q arrivals at 8:50AM, and last arrivals at 7:00PM).  Click for individual line schedules (G,K,M,O,P,Q,V-MU).  Note that all lines go to/from the MU Terminal.

See the Service Calendar for more information on what service is running each day.

Several Downtown streets will be closed all day because of the Davis Criterium.  The O-line Shoppers Shuttle will run via 1st Street in both directions.

See the Service Calendar for more information on what service is running each day.

Spare the Air Day – Friday, June 23rd

Friday, June 23, has been designated as a Spare the Air day.  All Unitrans services are free on Spare the Air days.

For some reason, Thursday, June 22, was not designated as a Spare the Air day and regular fares apply.

Google Maps Showing Incorrect Schedule Information

Summer/Break service is in effect, but the Google Transit trip planner is mistakenly using the expired schedule which shows regular service.  We are working with Google to get the schedule updated as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please confirm any times provided in Google Transit with a printed schedule (or online from Unitrans website, route information page).  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  Also, real-time data as provided by the NextBus app is correct.  See http://unitrans.ucdavis.edu/2017/02/01/mobile-apps-for-nextbus-information/

Bus Service Changes Start Monday, August 7

New 2017-18 schedules will go into effect as of Monday, August 7, with minor changes to weekend service and the T line (Davis Senior High, Holmes Junior High, and Harper Junior High School Service).  Click here for details on the changes.

Summer service is in effect and will continue through Tuesday, September 26.  See the Service Calendar for the type of service running each day.   Regular service begins on Wednesday, September 27.



6/8 – NextBus Communication Issues

As of 1:30PM on Thurs, June 8, NextBus arrival predictions are not available for the vast majority of Unitrans routes due to a communication disruption.  A service request has been submitted to NextBus to address the issue as quickly as possible.  Please use the printed bus schedule when making your travel plans today.  Unitrans appreciates your patience!

Finals Service – June 9 and June 12-15 – Free Service on All Lines (Weekdays Only)

Finals schedules will be in effect on Friday, June 9, and on Monday, June 12 through Thursday June 15.  As a means to improve schedule reliability and reduce stress on passengers, Unitrans will not be collecting fares during Finals service (weekdays only).  At crowded bus stops, passengers are encouraged to use both doors to board the bus and to move into all available spaces, so that your bus can arrive at the terminal as quickly as possible.  If you have forgotten your ID card or pass, just come on board!  The free finals service was well-received in March and will continue on finals weekdays until further notice.

Please remember to use the “Finals” section of the schedule, as it is different from regular service.  Buses run less frequently, and service runs later at night.

See the Service Calendar for the type of service running each day.