Davis Transportation

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    Unitrans for Campus Travel

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Nov 10, 2011

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    Unitrans UC Davis Buses

    Unitrans is the primary bus system for Davis residents. The bus system started and was the brain child in part of a fellow classmate of mine going back to 1968. Unitrans is operated by the Associated Students at UC Davis, and drivers of the buses are all UC Davis undergraduate students. The fleet of buses, some of which are London double deckers, provide service to and from all parts of Davis to the UC Davis campus.

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    Unitrans

    by SteveOSF Written Jun 10, 2008

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    Unitrans Bus

    Founded in 1968, Unitrans is a transportation partnership between the University of California at Davis and the City of Davis. Their fleet contains some historic London double decker buses, as well as standard type buses. Buses provide transportation to destinations throughout the city, including the university. Buses run more frequently during the university's academic year when ridership is highest, and less frequently during the summer and breaks. Printed schedules are available at many public buildings or one can just check their website. The bus system connects to other nearby transit options including Amtrak.

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    Ride a Bicycle

    by SteveOSF Updated Jun 10, 2008

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    Bikes are popular at Davis

    Many people ride bicycles in Davis as is common in a university town. Davis is relatively flat so the riding is easy. In addition, traffic is not nearly as insane as it is in bigger cities. Bike racks are common downtown. Riding a bike will eliminate worries about parking and save money on gasoline.

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    Take a Train

    by SteveOSF Updated Jun 10, 2008

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    Downtown Davis is served by a well positioned Amtrak train station. Davis is located along Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor that serves cities from Reno to the San Francisco Bay Area. From Oakland to San Francisco, connections are offered through BART. In addition, trains continue south from Oakland to serve San Jose. The majority of the Capitol Corridor trains tend to run only between Sacramento and Oakland.

    Other connecting local transit services include the San Francisco Municipal Railway for streetcars, cable cars, and buses; Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses (AC Transit); Sacramento’s Regional Transit System (bus and light rail); Suisun-Fairfield Transit System; Caltrain at San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Transit's light rail and buses.

    Davis is also a stop on the California Zepher that connects Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    Downtown Parking

    by SteveOSF Written Jun 10, 2008

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    Downtown Davis parking restrictions

    Free parking is available in Downtown Davis on both city streets and parking lots. Time is limited to usually two hours, but occasionally three hours. After the allotted time, one must move their vehicle to another block or risk a ticket. Moving one's car to another stall or the opposite side of the street on the same block will still warrant a ticket. Meter maids do seem to patrol the downtown in force, so one would be advised to heed the time limits. Competition for parking seems heaviest around noon, as people converge downtown for lunch.

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    on the buses

    by rickyvilla81 Updated Dec 14, 2006

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    tel and the buses

    You don't even get them in London any more. The old red double-decker Routemaster bus, with the platform at the back for easy hopping-on and -off, may have disappeared from the jams of Oxford Street in favour of the bendy-bus but they remain here in Davis, the pride of the Unitrans fleet. You will see them going to and from the University, past similar red London phoneboxes, still bearing destinations such as "Hampton Court", "London Bridge", "Camden Town". The funny thing, though, is that since they are original British vehicles, when you get off the bus at a stop you alight on the left, ie, in the middle of the road. So Unitrans employ people to get off at the same time and hold flags up to warn any oncoming traffic. The quirks of Davis.

    Most buses are just small regular single-deckers, but all Unitrans ones are red, and provide free transport to undergraduates at UC Davis, charging a buck a piece to everyone else. They're frequent enough, except in the evenings or during finals/holiday periods, and they don't run at all on Friday nights or on Sundays. It's a pretty wide system, though, going all over Davis.

    There are some other local Yolo County buses that run hourly to nearby Woodland and Sacramento, though there's not really any reason to go there, is there...

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    i hear that train a-coming

    by rickyvilla81 Written Dec 9, 2006

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    that's not me, that's tel

    Davis is accessible from the Bay Area via the Amtrak train. It's a really nice journey down to the Bay Area from Davis actually, across the flat Valley and the marshy Delta, with the yellow coastal hills as a backdrop and scores of birds dotting the landscape. And then the Bay itself, as the train snakes along the shoreline, past kids fishing from the rocks and ramshackle huts suspended on antique logs in the foggy water. The trains are those huge comfy double-deckers, and it costs about thirty bucks round trip to get from Davis down to Richmond (where you pick up the BART to Berkeley, SF, etc).

    And you get the train from Davis station, an old adobe-like building straight out of a Sergio Leone flick, located on 2nd Street.

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    the most bike-friendly city in america

    by rickyvilla81 Updated Dec 9, 2006

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    Walking anywhere on the campus of UC Davis can be a nightmare when it's time for the students to change classes; bikes are absolutely everywhere, silent and dangerous, ready to strike any unsuspecting pedestrian wandering in an ipod-induced world of their own. I tell you what, though, it's the only way to travel.

    Davis is as flat as a pancake that has been trampled on by a herd of elephants. There are miles and miles of specially built cycle-lanes, as well as a cycle overpass and underpass that cross the wide Interstate 80 freeway from South Davis. On the roads, the bike lanes are in some places wider than the car lanes. Sure Davis has a few SUV drivers, but here the cyclist is king, and there are plenty of cycle shops downtown. Probably the best place to go, however, is the Bike Barn on campus, which not only sells bikes new and second-hand but does all sorts of repairs at ridiculously cheap prices.

    One thing to remember, though, is that the police (and the TAPS, the campus police) are extremely trict with cyclists. Lots of people get ticketed for going through stop signs, or going too fast (physically impossible on my bike), or for not having a license on campus. Yes, if you park your bike on campus - this doesn't apply downtown - and you haven't got a California bike license, you will get a ticket, or a warning at least. But you can get them at any bike shop, and they're only about seven or eight bucks, and offer some chance of getting your bike back if it ever gets stolen - and that happens a fair bit here, too.

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    Trains to and from Davis

    by MDH Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    The Davis Amtrak station.

    Davis is one of those few American towns that acutally has nation-wide access to the train network. Amtrak, the national U.S. train service, has lines in Davis that go up and down the West Coast, as well as connecting to the distant Eastern cities. There are frequent trains to the Bay Area seventy miles south, as well as Sacramento, only twenty miles north east, making them pleasant day or weekend trips.

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    Ride a bike

    by MDH Written Sep 14, 2003

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    Then again, bike's aren't too useful when it rains

    You might have needed a chariot to get around Rome, but here in Davis, the bicycle is king. Over 50 miles of paved bikeways, tunnels, and underpasses have been laid out around the town and surrounding vincinity, enabling many people who live in town to take their bike to school or anywhere else. Bikes are also available to rent for the day if you're just visiting.

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    Bus service in Davis

    by MDH Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    Beware: Davis bicyclists hijack a Unitrans bus.

    Davis, being confined to a small area despite having 60,000 people, has two very efficient bus services that operate around town. Unitrans, Davis' own service, is operated by the university, with many students being the drivers. Unitrans is very efficient to get around town and is inexpensive. If you're a student, you get to ride for free. Being a bit nostalgic, Unitrans also operates a fleet of antique double-decker red London buses.

    The other system, Yolo Bus, operates in Davis and services the rest of Yolo County, connecting Davis with its neighboring county cities and villages. The distances are greater for Yolo Bus, but the rates are still inexpensive and the service comprehensive.

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