Heritage Express - Alternate Bus Routes
January 31st, 2019
Dear Campus Community,
Earlier this month, we notified you of a shift in practice regarding the Heritage Express, the bus line that was established exclusively to serve residents of the Heritage Apartments currently being leased by UC Merced. We’d like to share some additional information for bus riders, as well as additional steps we are taking to ensure your transportation needs are met.
Effective this Friday, Feb. 1, only those riders with a Heritage Express pass — available only to residents of Heritage Apartments — will be permitted to board this route. This pass is separate from the UC Merced CatCard, and passes will be valid through May 31, 2019. Heritage residents can visit the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) office to obtain a pass.
For commuters without a Heritage Express pass, we have identified several alternate routes to get to and from campus as quickly or nearly as quickly as the Heritage Express Route (16 minutes on average for the R Street route and 9 minutes on average for Northwood Village):
R Street Village Apartments to Main Campus:
- G-Line – 24 minutes
Main Campus return trip to R Street Village Apartments:
- C2-Line – 16 minutes
Northwood Village to Main Campus:
- C1-Line Blue and Gold (2 buses) – 15 minutes (and 9 minutes to return from campus to Tri College bus stop)
- FastCat – 13 minutes (and 14 minutes to return from campus to Tri College)
All CatTracks schedules and routes can be found at http://cattracks.ucmerced.edu. Additionally, our customer service staff is available by phone to help guide riders in identifying CatTracks route options and mapping trips. Call 209-CAT-TAPS (209-228-8277) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance.
We understand this shift has caused some confusion and concern. Transportation and Parking Services staff members have met with students to discuss the situation, and we are in the process of forming a Student Advisory Committee to ensure students are represented in future decisions regarding transportation and parking. We will continue to study ridership and times on the Heritage Express this semester to determine whether any adjustments are needed.
We remain committed to identifying transportation options that serve our campus community, are financially responsible, and support our university’s commitment to sustainability. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer