Transportation

Location
Merced, CA
Undergrads
5,363
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are bus stops all around town and the amtrak is just a couple miles away from the campus. The cost is reasonable and students on campus are always happy to help another bobcat out. Long distance and local travel are all great. The only problem would be leaving the state.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The school bus can be late which is bad if you're going to Amtrak. Sometimes the bus doesn't show up at all to a stop

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The school bus known as Cattracks is great. Very convienent.

4 College Student

Transportation: I know that it's quite a drag to get transportation to the school when living off campus. However, the bus is very accessible an easy to use and drops you off relatively close to the university. Ride sharing is very convenient since carpooling saves the gas money, time to find a parking spot, and you make aquaintences.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: While they get you where you need to be, timing of bus arrival is terrible, and it takes forever to get from point A to Point B.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 213rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 258th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1363rd
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Hometown
Santa Clarita, California
Major
Human Biology
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UCM is located outside of town, so a mode of transportation is a must to get off campus and to run errands. Having a car is by far the best option, but there are a couple of other options for those who do not have a car. The school provides a bus system known as CatTracks, which consists of buses that take different routes into town. Students can take CatTracks an unlimited number of times and it is free of charge, since all students pay $87 per semester as part of their tuition to have CatTracks running.

If students want to go back home, they often take the train. CatTracks stops by the Amtrak train station in the evening. During the day, CatTracks will drop students off at the local community college to transfer to Merced’s public buses that take them to the train station. There is a taxi company in Merced, but it is not commonly used by students, perhaps because they find cheaper options to get around. There is also an airport in town, but there are not too many international or out-of-state students at UCM, so there usually is not much of an issue of getting transportation to the airport.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • CatTracks (school bus)
  • Personal car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • One can call up a taxi from Merced Taxicab Co. to get to the airport. The cost from campus to the airport would be about $25.
  • Using either your own car or getting a ride from a friend is probably the best way to get to the airport, which is about 10 miles from campus. The only cost to bear then is gas money.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

E Line

This daily shuttle service runs between UC Merced's main campus, Moraga Housing, Starbucks/Millennium Sports Club, Merced College "The Bus" terminal, Bellevue Ranch, Village Apts, Merced Mall Target, Merced Mall Theatre, Amtrak, Granville Apts, Barnes & Noble and Walgreens/Savemart/Rite Aid.

Monday-Friday 7:20 p.m.-12:41 a.m.

NiteCat

This shuttle service runs between UC Merced main campus, Village Apartments, Merced Mall Theatre, Applebee's, Main Place Theatre, Walgreens/Save Mart/Rite Aid and Plaza at El Portal Plaza.

Friday 10 p.m.-2:35 a.m.

C2 Lines

This daily shuttle service runs between Village Apartments, Merced Mall Target, Merced College "The Bus" Terminal, Bellevue Ranch, UC Merced's main campus, Moraga Housing and Starbucks.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7 a.m.-7:34 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday 6:05 a.m.-7:34 p.m.

A/B Lines

This daily shuttle service runs between UC Merced's main campus, Bellevue Ranch, and Castle Research Facilities.

Monday-Friday 6:50 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

C1 Lines

This daily shuttle service runs between Granville Apartments, Walmart, Save Mart, Swiss Colony Apartments/College Green, Rite Aid/Walgreens, El Portal Plaza Urgent Care, Merced College "The Bus" Terminal, Millennium Sports Club, Surgery Center, Moraga Housing and UC Merced's main campus.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7 a.m.-8:02 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday 5:40 a.m.-8:02 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Merced County Transit

Receive real-time service announcements by following The Bus on Twitter.

(209) 384-3111 - Dial-A-Ride

(209) 385-7600 - Transit Administration

(209) 725-3813 - Fixed Route Service

880 Thornton Rd.

www.mercedthebus.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT/KFAT)

This is the closest major airport to Merced; it's 56 miles away.

5175 E. Clinton Way, Fresno

(800) 244-2359; (559) 621-4500

www.fresno.gov/DiscoverFresno/Airports

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Station (Merced)

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11:59 a.m., 1:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

710 W. 16th St.

(209) 772-2121

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Station (Merced)

324 W. 24th St.

(800) USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 63 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 6% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 17% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 37% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 40% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 48% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 29% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 59 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 59 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 59 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 63 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 21% Fairly difficult.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 14% Very easy.

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