Unitrans is at a crossroads.
Our school needs you to vote.
February 19 - 21
Congratulations! The power to influence the future of Unitrans is in YOUR hands.
On February 19-21, UC Davis undergraduates will be asked to vote on on a support fee referendum to maintain and improve Unitrans service.
If the referendum passes, Unitrans will be financially stable moving forward. All funds raised will be used to pay for wages associated with the increasing minimum wage, bus maintenance, fuel, and all the other stuff that keeps the buses moving.
If the referendum doesn’t pass… Well, you thought the buses were crowded now?
Starting in January 2017, the California State minimum wage is required to increase $1 per hour per year through January 2022, which increases operations costs because drivers must be paid more.
In addition, upcoming changes to federal transit training regulations means Unitrans must hire career staff to train drivers. So, training drivers will become more expensive.
Without any additional revenues, these cost increases mean Unitrans will have no choice but to make major cuts to services starting next academic year.
Click here for the official referendum ballot text.
To mitigate increasing costs, less than $4.50/month ($13.33/qtr) is needed in the 2019-20 academic year. As the minimum wage continues to increase, so will these fees, until they are indexed to inflation in 2023 to ensure Unitrans is financially viable into the future.
25% of the fee will be returned to student aid as required by University of California policy. This helps fund students who are in financial need.
Current Fee: $34.50/quarter
|Academic Year||Returned to Unitrans||Returned to Aid||Total Cost per Quarter|
|2023-2024+||Indexed to inflation||Indexed to inflation||Indexed to inflation|
Undergraduates continue to ride without being charged a fare!
More buses during busy times to reduce pass-ups, mitigate uncomfortable crowds, and minimize delays.
Maintain and improve Unitrans service.
Reduced breakdowns and mechanical delays.
Continued funds oversight from ASUCD and the Council on Student Affairs and Fees
25-30% cuts across Unitrans services
Most bus lines will face reduced service
Some lines may be eliminated altogether.
Davis street traffic and parking will get worse as ex-bus riders opt to bike or drive to class.
Less Unitrans Buses → More Bikes & Cars used each day → Less Parking on Campus