About Transportation Services

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Transportation Services facilitates the access and mobility needs of the campus community through the coordination of efforts among Transportation Services' units and with other campus departments and non-university entities and ensures that services are provided in a professional, efficient, and service-oriented manner.

Additionally, the department plays an integral role in operating and maintaining the agricultural equipment used on campus in addition to maintaining roads, paths, and parking lots. Some of the services provided by Transportation Services include:

  • Sale of parking permits for individuals, departments, and vendors
  • Provide motorist assistance to vehicles parked on campus
  • Help commuters choose green transportation options 
  • Bicycle registration, lock-cutting service, and bike storage
  • Major roadway construction and repair
  • Heavy equipment lease and repair
  • Other small construction projects

Adapting to change, planning for flexible work/school arrangements 

Transportation Services recently conducted an extensive planning effort and determined that campus would be better served if we prioritized investments that help people occasionally make a car-free commute. With our workforce and student body rapidly shifting to remote work/learning arrangements, Transportation Services has a unique opportunity to reduce the number of SoVs (single-occupancy vehicles) driving to campus by 10% in 2025, one of our sustainability goals. Having the appropriate technologies in place move us closer to this goal and will simplify parking for those infrequently driving to campus.

Transportation Services is 100% self-funded and responsible for more than just parking

No state or tuition dollars, or student fees, are put toward the maintenance of our parking structures, lots, roads, sidewalks, and pathways. That's our job, and parking revenue pays for it. Overall, the infrastructure is becoming more costly amidst an unprecedented decline in permit revenue. Daily parking fees help keep our unit operational and able to meet the demands of managing the campus’s extensive parking and transportation systems.

Transportation Services is moving toward a more sustainable future

The UC Sustainable Practices Policy declares that all campuses should decrease greenhouse gas emissions by reducing drive-alone commute trips by 10% from 2015 levels by 2025. UC Davis takes this responsibility seriously and Transportation Services commits to doing our part in meeting or exceeding the UC Office of the President directive.

If UC Davis were to take no steps to decrease driving, but instead build enough parking to meet future demand, the overall costs would exceed $300 million. That cost would be passed on to the campus community, doubling or tripling the cost of a parking permit. Taking the long-view now is the time for Transportation Services to bolster our support for the health of our community and our environment. In order to do that, we must bolster the use of sustainable transportation modes and take a dynamic look at how we can best adapt our services to meet transportation demand and changing work-commute patterns.

Transportation Tomorrow is the framework to accomplish our goals and create that future. Click here to jump to the 10 recommendations to achieve the Transportation Tomorrow vision.