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Transportation and Parking Services

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Phone: 209-228-8277 (CAT-TAPS)


UC Merced offers a campus-based shuttle service called CatTracks, which provides transportation services to retail, entertainment and various apartment complexes in the local community. In addition, we offer a shuttle service called NiteCat, which provides safe rides to and from local entertainment centers between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 1:53 a.m. on Friday and Saturday while school is in session.

You may view our current bus schedules and find information regarding alternative transportation by visiting UCM Transportation and Parking Services website or visiting the CatTracks website directly at

Public Transit

As parking is limited on campus, UC Merced encourages students, faculty and staff to use alternative public transit. Merced County boasts a full service, comprehensive transit system known as “THE BUS.” UC Merced continues to work with public transit authorities to provide routes between the campus and various locations in Merced County and the surrounding areas. As part of the students’ UCM transit fee, students may use their CatCard to ride “THE BUS” at no additional charge. Please visit and choose Routes and Schedules for information on all current “THE BUS” routes, or you may call: (209) 384-3111 or (800) 345-3111.


Bicycles are welcomed and encouraged at UC Merced. With a flat terrain and mild climate, the city and county of Merced offer excellent conditions for bicycle riding. In addition, the city of Merced boasts over 12 miles of class one, grade-separated bike paths, which, along with the city’s other bike lanes connect to most of Merced’s open space park system. Special areas have been set aside near UC Merced’s academic buildings for bicycle parking. Please do not bring bicycles into buildings or secure them to anything but a bike rack. If you plan to bring your bicycle to campus, you are encouraged to register it. The process is quick and simple, and the cost is $3.00 for a two-year license. Bicycles may be registered using ePay in coordination with UC Merced Department of Public Safety. For additional information, please visit or call (209) 228-2677 (Cat-COPS)

Vehicle Parking

Parking, while limited, is available on campus. All vehicles on campus must display a valid UC Merced parking permit at all times. Specific parking lots are designated for students commuting to campus, as well as for those living on campus. Resident students will have the opportunity to apply for a parking permit on a first come, first served basis. Carpool permits are available to those students who have two or more people in the vehicle driving to campus at least three days a week and Low Emission permits are available at a reduced rate for qualifying vehicles. Commuter students are encouraged to purchase parking permits online at Please be sure to read the UC Merced parking regulations before parking on campus.