University of California, San Diego


September 24, 2008


SUBJECT:    Transit Service Improvements

In response to UCSD requests, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is reinforcing its strong partnership with the university by implementing bus service changes for Fall Quarter that should make it easier for students, faculty, and staff to access campus and surrounding areas. These proactive changes mark the first time we have been able to increase service prior to shortfalls, demonstrating improved cooperation between the university and MTS.

MTS Service Changes

MTS has resumed its standby bus program on route 150. During peak a.m. hours, a bus is positioned at the Old Town Transit Center. During peak p.m. hours, a bus is positioned on Villa La Jolla Drive north of Nobel Drive. MTS will monitor 150 route capacity and if additional capacity is needed, it may run articulated buses on selected trips. To improve service, MTS has also expanded route 30 to replace route 48/49 and increased service to every 15 minutes in both directions. For more information on the Free Bus Zone program, visit


UC San Diego Shuttle Service Changes

To save Coaster riders from paying MTS' Coaster Connector fares, UC San Diego has added a new Coaster Shuttle route to provide east and west campus service, including the La Jolla Medical Center and Torrey Pines Center. The expanded service provides connections with southbound commuter trains in the morning and northbound trains in the afternoon.

The Hillcrest/Campus Shuttle schedule has expanded evening service. This route now provides continuous service from 6:00 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. between the Hillcrest and La Jolla Medical Centers.

The Campus Loop Shuttle now serves the discontinued Torrey Pines Center Shuttle route and operates year-round.

In response to campus bicycle commuters' requests, Transportation and Parking Services has equipped many UC San Diego shuttles with new bike racks that carry three bikes instead of two. Triple racks are now available on Mesa, Hillcrest/Campus, Coaster, Arriba and Nobel routes.

For detailed shuttle and bus information, visit


These critical improvements represent our continuing efforts to reduce campus energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and regional traffic congestion. We appreciate your continued support of sustainable transportation.

Customer service is vital to everything we do at Transportation and Parking Services and we value our customers' opinions. If you have ideas for improving our services, please e-mail TellTPS@ucsd.edu.

Brian d'Autremont
Transportation and
Parking Services