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Finals Service – March 20-24 – Free Service on All Lines

Finals schedules will be in effect on Monday, March 20 through Friday March 24.  As a means to improve schedule reliability and reduce stress on passengers, Unitrans will not be collecting fares during Finals service in March.  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!  We are very interested in your feedback on this experiment to see if we can implement it on a recurring basis.

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.

Break Service March 27-30; Weekend Service March 31 – April 2

Unitrans Break service schedules will be in effect starting Monday, March 27 and running through Thursday, March 30.  Remember that Break Service is revised this year so that all service is running to the Memorial Union Terminal.  There is no service on the A, C, D, J, and W lines.  For service to those neighborhoods, please use the equivalent MU lines (Z, B, K, G, and M or P/Q).  The L and V lines will run on their summer/break time schedule, but will go to the MU terminal instead of the Silo.  Please call 752-2877 if you have questions about which line to use during Break Service.

Friday, March 31, is the Cesar Chavez holiday, and Weekend service will be running that day, as well as on Saturday/Sunday April 1 and 2.  Weekend service has 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).

Click here to see the full service calendar.  

Also, note that the Farmers Market Shuttle will not be running on the first Saturday of April but will run on the 2nd Saturday this month (April 8).  See http://unitrans.ucdavis.edu/saturday-doubledecker/ for more information.

Saturday Doubledecker Bus Rides, Saturday, March 11 – Arbor Day Celebration at the Farmers Market



Saturday, March 11 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 first-Saturday doubledecker shuttle.  Note that for this month as well as for April, the shuttle will be running on the 2nd Saturday — March 11 and April 8.


Unitrans Re-Launching Safe Space Campaign

Unitrans is re-launching the Safe Space public information campaign.  The project was initiated last May by Unitrans drivers and passengers to help inform everyone of the goal to maintain a safe space for all bus riders and to provide resources as to how to help us achieve that goal.

Weekend Service is running on Presidents Day (Monday, February 20)

Weekend service is the service in effect on Monday, February 20, for the Presidents 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.

Note also that the Amtrak Shuttle will run on Monday instead of Sunday for the holiday weekend.  See the Service Calendar for more information on what service is running each day.

Davis Stampede — Sunday, February 12

The Davis Stampede running events will require street closures in parts of Davis and will result in delays and detours during the morning of Sunday, February 12.

P and Q lines:  A section of Cowell Boulevard in South Davis will be closed for the event.  During that time, the P and Q lines will run via Chiles Road between Drummond and La Vida.  The P and Q lines will not serve the stops on Cowell at Ohlone (stop# 051 for the P line, stop# 052 for the Q) until after 12:00.  [Note that stop #048 on Cowell at Drummond is out of service for construction.]  The 12:00 P/Q buses and all the afternoon buses are expected to be on the regular route.

O line:  There may be delays on the 9:00 bus with runners passing at cross streets.

M line: the 9:00 bus on the M line will not be able to serve stops on Drew or on Research Park Drive. Instead the 9:00 M line will serve the eastern portion of the W line, serving Lillard and Drummond stops heading east- and northbound, and Cowell heading westbound.

K line:  The 9:25 run may be delayed as a result of the detour of the 9:00 M line (it is the same bus doing both lines).

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sacramento Connect Card on Yolobus

The regional fare card known as the Connect Card is now accepted on Yolobus, in addition to Sacramento Regional Transit and other transit systems in the region.  Unfortunately, the Connect Card is not an accepted form of payment on Unitrans.  This is because the expensive card reading technology is not being installed on Unitrans buses, as this was not cost-effective given the relatively small number of regional transit riders.  If you use a Connect Card on Yolobus and wish to continue your trip on Unitrans, please request a printed transfer from the Yolobus driver and present that on Unitrans.  If the transfer time and date are valid, it will be accepted on Unitrans and no additional fare is required.  If you are transferring from Unitrans to Yolobus, you will need to pay the $1 fare on Unitrans (or use a 10-ride ticket), and then use your Connect Card to board Yolobus.

From Unitrans FAQs:

I have a Yolobus / Sacramento Regional Transit pass. Can I use it on Unitrans?

Unitrans accepts printed Yolobus and Sacramento Regional Transit (Sac RT) passes and transfers. Unitrans also accepts Amtrak and Fairfield/Suisun Transit passes and transfers as valid fare.  However, electronic-only media such as Yolobus stored value cards and Sacramento Connect Card cannot be used on Unitrans as valid fare.  That is because they cannot be verified by the bus driver.  If you are using a Connect Card on Yolobus and wish to transfer to Unitrans, please request a printed transfer from the Yolobus driver, and then use that as your fare when boarding Unitrans.

Possible Delays Along Russell Boulevard Friday Afternoon During Community March

On Friday, January 27, there will be a community gathering in response to the recent hate crime.  According to the Davis Enterprise article  the event will include a march from Central Park to the Islamic Center.  If the march is large, the Davis Police Department  may impose traffic restrictions along Russell Boulevard, and that may result in delays in Unitrans service to and from the MU Terminal.  The event starts at 1:30 at Central Park, and possible delays could be in the 1:00-4:00 time-frame on Friday.  NextBus will be updated with messages in addition to the ongoing real time bus tracking, to try to keep customers informed of any major delays.

No Farmers Market Shuttle Saturday January 7

The Farmers Market Shuttle, which usually runs on the first Saturday of each month, will not be running on January 7.  Instead, it will run on January 14, 2017.  We will hope for better weather on that day!

Regular Service in Effect – Prepare for Rainy Weather and Crowded Buses

Regular Service is in effect through Friday, March 17.  Click here for the service calendar.  Ridership at the start of any quarter is very high, and buses are often delayed.  With rainy weather, buses are even more crowded and subject to delays.  Unfortunately, Unitrans currently has very limited resources to add supplemental buses to relieve overcrowding.  We will do everything we can to get everyone on the bus, but this may not always be possible.  If you are able to take an earlier bus, it will help you get to your destination on time.  Please click here for other tips on rainy day bus riding.

Also, remember that the printed schedule for 2016-17 has a misprint related to the Q line.  The Q line schedule has not changed from prior years, but the printed schedule shows incorrect times listed.  Also, for summer/break and weekend service, it shows the wrong stop sequence.  We are very sorry for the errors in the printed schedule.  The online versions of the schedule are correct and a special Q-line schedule correction pamphlet is available for inserting into the schedule book.

Click here for a pdf with the corrected Q line  weekday schedule for printing.

Click here for a pdf with the corrected Q line weekend schedule for printing.