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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I ride Unitrans & Yolobus for free?
All UC Davis undergraduates pay for Unitrans & Yolobus in their undergraduate registration fees. By showing a Unitrans or Yolobus driver your valid undergrad registration card, you may ride without paying the cash fare. Other riders can also ride without paying a fare by buying a pass for unlimited rides or getting a Senior Pass. Discounted 10-ride tickets are also offered, and are particularly valuable to occasional riders.
I forgot my registration card at home, can I still ride without paying?
Without a valid pass or registration card, a passenger must pay the full cash fare.
Why is my bus sometimes late?
Unitrans makes every effort to maintain published schedules. However, we are not able to guarantee that service disruptions or schedule changes will not occur due to uncontrollable circumstances such as accidents, road conditions, unexpected high passenger loads, or weather. We attempt to deploy additional tripper buses whenever routes get behind or the passenger loads are unexpectedly high.
How do I get from Davis to Sacramento or Woodland?
Yolobus route 42 goes to Sacramento, West Sacramento, and Woodland. Go to www.yolobus.com or call 666-2877 for more information. UCD undergraduate students ride Yolobus for free by showing the driver their registration card.
How do I get to Berkeley or the Bay Area from Davis?
The UC Davis Berkeley Shuttle can take UCD affiliates from Davis to Berkeley. Call 752-UBUS for details. If you need to get elsewhere in the Bay Area or anywhere in California, try Amtrak. Their station is located on Second St. at H St. (on the Unitrans A-line bus). Go to www.amtrak.com, or the Capitol Corridor or call 1-800-USA-RAIL for information.
What is the story behind the double deck buses running in Davis?
Unitrans trademark is the London double deck bus. Two of these buses were purchased back in 1968 direct from England to attract people to use the service. Unitrans is the only transit company in the United States to use authentic London double deck buses in daily service. The vintage buses were joined in 2010 by two modern doubledeckers For more information, see the About Unitrans section of our web page.
How can I ride a double deck bus?
The double deck buses run hourly on the B, E, F, & G lines. Check out the schedule and where you see a DD symbol above the run, that is when a double deck bus is scheduled to be in service. Double deck buses only run during regular service and not during breaks or summer. A special flyer is available showing the routes and times. Call 752-BUSS for the printed version or click here for the pdf.
Why do I still see diesel buses running around town in service?
Unitrans has converted all of its single-deck fleet to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), but several doubledeck buses are still fueled by diesel. Double deck bus RT2819 has been converted from diesel to CNG, and all the other doubledecks use very clean diesel engines either as original equipment (modern doubledecker buses) or as conversions (vintage doubledecker buses).
Where can I buy a pass?
Unitrans passes are available at Davis City Hall, Davis High School (10 Ride Tickets & Monthly passes only), Harper Junior High School (10 Ride Tickets only), Holmes Junior High School (10 Ride Tickets only), Transportation & Parking Services on UCD Campus, Freeborn Hall Box Office on UCD Campus, and Unitrans Business Office at 5 South Hall on UCD Campus. You can also call 752-BUSS and order a pass over the phone with a credit card.
Is it possible for UC Davis employees and grad students to purchase passes at a lower cost?
UC Davis offers a further discount to staff, faculty, and graduate students to encourage the use of alternative transportation to the campus. These discounted passes and tickets are available through UCD Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) at a 40 percent discount from the already discounted pass/ticket prices. TAPS is located off of Hutchinson Drive, between the West Entry Parking Structure and the Acitivities and Recreation Center (ARC). Call 752-TAPS (8277) or visit Transitpool for more information.
I am a UC Davis graduate student. Why do I not ride for free?
Graduate students do not pay for Unitrans in their registration fees like undergrads do.
What is the Tipsy Taxi phone number and who can ride?
Tipsy Taxi is run by Specialized Transportation Services and can only provide rides to undergraduate students on Thursday through Saturday nights during the regular school year. Their phone number is 752-6666.
I have a Woodland or Los Rios School District registration card. Can I ride Unitrans for free?
Unitrans does not accept Woodland Community College or Los Rios Community College District registration cards for valid fare. Only UC Davis undergrad students pay registration fees that enable fare-free Unitrans and Yolobus service.
Where can I get a Unitrans Senior Pass?
Unitrans senior passes are available to passengers 60 years and older at the Senior Center at A St. & 7th St., Davis Community Transit in the Amtrak Station, the University Retirement Community at Shasta Drive and Covell Blvd, and at Eleanor Roosevelt Circle on Cantrill at 5th Street.
I have a Yolobus / Sacramento Regional Transit pass. Can I use it on Unitrans?
Unitrans accepts all Yolobus and Sacramento Regional Transit (Sac RT) passes and transfers. Unitrans also accepts Amtrak and Fairfield/Suisun Transit passes and transfers as valid fare.
Driving buses looks fun! How can I get a job at Unitrans?
Unitrans is a student-operated system and part-time jobs are available to any UC Davis undergraduate, including drivers, mechanics, and office staff. We are always looking for new people! You can see our job listings and get an application at the ASUCD Job Board on the third floor of the Memorial Union building or go to www.unitrans.com/jobs.
Are the S and T lines just for junior and senior high students?
The S and T lines are sometimes considered to be similar to school buses, but they are actually public transit buses open to all riders. The routes and times are designed to supplement the regular lines that may not offer as convenient service to the Davis secondary schools. Because the focus of the S and T lines is on the secondary schools, the daily times change based on the school schedules. These times are published on the Unitrans web page and in our printed schedules so that any rider can use these services like any other Unitrans bus line. For more information about Federal Trasnit Administration regulations regarding provision of school service, click here
What happens if I leave something on the bus?
Items that are left on the bus may be turned in to the bus driver, who will then turn them in to a supervisor. You can check for the item the next day after 12:00pm at the UCD Memorial Union Information Desk (752-2222). Although we may be able to help locate an item in an emergency, please note that there are different buses with different drivers on each line throughout the day, and it may not be possible for us to track it down until it is turned in the next day. Please try to be extra careful to check that you have all your personal items with you prior to leaving the bus.
What if I have a group that is traveling on the bus, such as a school field trip?
If you are traveling in a group, we suggest buying 10-ride tickets in advance. This will both save money and speed the boarding process. Just be sure to have purchased enough rides to cover all the passengers in both directions (for example, a group of 20 people would need four 10-ride tickets [=40 rides] to accommodate 20 passengers going and 20 passengers returning). Also, if a large group is traveling, you may want to check with Unitrans information (752-BUSS) to see if the bus is likely to have enough room to carry everyone. If not, you may want to split the group up, with some either riding an earlier time or a nearby line. Unfortunately, virtually all Unitrans buses are in service throughout the day, and it is usually not possible to add an extra bus for group trips.
Why are there no bike racks on Unitrans buses, like other transit systems?
This seems ironic, since Davis is known for its support of bicycling. However, unlike other larger cities, the entire city of Davis can be easily traversed by bicycle, so most people who might want to use the bus for a portion of their trip can simply cycle the entire distance in Davis. Note that there may be occasions when transporting your bike is necessary and this is accommodated in two ways. All YoloBus buses have bike racks and these routes cover much of Davis. In addition, bikes are allowed to be carried inside Unitrans buses on the last trip of each day and all day on weekends (except Picnic Day).
Why do the regular lines not run on Friday nights?
While Unitrans is a full public transit system, it is operated by employees who are also full-time students at UC Davis. The number of hours in service each day is quite extensive and places many demands on the time of the student employees. Friday nights have traditionally been periods of low ridership demand, and not offering service at these times provides some rest time for our drivers.
Can I take Unitrans to the Mondavi Center?
Yes, for weekday performances, service is available on several lines to the Shields/Art Building stops along Hutchison Drive (A, C, D, J, L, W). These stops are about 1/3rd-mile from the Mondavi Center. Monday-Thursday service operates until after 11:00 p.m., Fridays until 7:10 p.m., and Saturdays (J and W only) until 5:00 p.m.. Please check the printed schedule or call Unitrans information at 752-BUSS.
Can Unitrans run smaller buses?
Unitrans has exceptionally high ridership for a system of its size, carrying over 20,000 riders per day in our community. This translates to over 50 passengers per bus hour, which is higher than many large urban transit systems. Although not every bus is full for every trip, all carry a full load at various times throughout the day. If the same number of riders were to be carried on smaller buses, there would need to be dozens more buses in operation throughout the day, representing a significant increase in the cost to provide the service as well as more traffic on the streets. Ideally, we could have different size buses for different times of day, but that would also represent a very significant cost increase above current funding levels. Unitrans has several 20-passenger shuttle buses that are used in special services when a full-size bus is not required, but these cannot accommodate the number of passengers who ride the regular lines.
Are pets allowed on Unitrans buses?
Only service animals are allowed on Unitrans buses.
Can anyone charter a Unitrans bus?
Specialized Transportation Services charters Unitrans buses to UC Davis and community groups but charter service can only be provided under certain federally-mandated conditions. One condition is that the charter must first be offered to any private bus company that may want to bid on it. Also, charters can never be provided for elementary or secondary school functions. Call 752-9835 for more information and see the FTA Charter Registration website for available charter services in our area.
Why is there not a time shown for my bus stop on the Unitrans schedule?
Due to space constraints on the schedule we are not able to include times for every stop on each bus line. As such, only timed bus stops are presented in the schedule. To determine when a bus is scheduled at your nearest bus stop, just look at the time the bus is scheduled at the timed stop located before your stop and be at your stop by that time. This will ensure that you will not miss your bus. If you do want to find out the approximate time the bus stops at your specific stop, try using the Google Transit feature.
How do I file a complaint or a commendation?
If you wish to make a commendation or complaint about our service, please call Unitrans information at 752-BUSS or send us an email.. If your complaint or commendation is about a particular incident, please get as much information as possible and applicable, including the bus line, the four-digit number on the vehicle, the location, the direction of travel, and the time of day.
Who do I contact for more information?
Our contact information is available online at www.unitrans.com/staff
What is the meaning of the orange flags that are sometimes held out at the back of the double deck buses?
These reflective, orange flags warn traffic of a stopped or slow-moving vehicle, as an extra precaution. We use these flags whenever a double deck pulls into or out of a stop, navigates around a hazard (such as a double-parked delivery truck) or travels over railroad tracks. When a bus is pulled over at a stop, the conductor extends the flag to indicate that passengers are getting off the bus in order to alert other vehicles of their presence.
What are the rules for mobility assistance devices?
Unitrans bus lifts and ramps comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are able to accommodate a "common wheelchair" as defined in the ADA regulations. A common wheelchair is defined as being not more than 48" in length or 30" in width (measured 2? above the ground) and not weighing more than 600 pounds when occupied. If a wheelchair user has one that exceeds these specifications, that individual should contact us for assistance. Securement: All passenger seats must be secured. Passengers seated in a wheelchair or other mobility aid must permit drivers to secure their device to the floor of the bus.
What is the policy on issuing transfers?
For a passenger paying with cash or a 10-ride ticket, the driver or conductor will issue a transfer if a 2nd bus is needed to complete your one-way trip. Transfers are not intended to be used for round trips, and therefore they are not issued for transfers between G-J, D-K, M-W, and P-Q lines.
Why do some buses go out of service before they get to my stop?
This can happen on the more frequent lines, especially at the times when buses are scheduled 10 minutes apart. If the first bus is late, it may start picking up people expecting to take the next bus. This makes the early bus later and sometimes the following bus catches up to it. At that point, there is no sense having both buses follow each other into the terminal, so the first bus will go out of service to bring those people on the bus to their stops faster (while the second bus picks up at the remaining stops).
What are the future plans for new lines, new buses, and new services?
Unitrans and Davis Community Transit completed a Short-Range Transit Plan in 2005. This plan describes options for new services, as well as capital and facility improvements that can be funded with revenues projected over the next seven years.
Why do the bus schedules change during the year depending on the UC Davis calendar?
Although Unitrans buses are used by the entire Davis community, over 90% of the riders are UCD students. With the reduced number of riders during times when UCD is not is session, it is not cost effective (or as environmentally beneficial) for the service to run as frequently. Click here for the calendar showing what type of service is provided each day.

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