Bear Transit

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Bear Transit
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Locale Berkeley, CA
Service area University of California, Berkeley, Campus Bay, Richmond, California
Service type Shuttle bus service
Routes 4 (5) day
5 night
Operator Parking & Transportation of UC Berkeley
Website Campus Shuttles
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Bear Transit is the bus service operated by the Department of Parking and Transportation of the University of California, Berkeley.[1] Its fleet includes a combination of shuttle vans and passenger buses (small and regular-sized), with all of its passenger buses formerly owned by AC Transit. In the early 2000s the passenger buses used were refurbished by AC Transit. Bear Transit connects various areas of the university, including student housing, the main campus, the Hill area, Downtown Berkeley (including Berkeley BART), and distant locations such as Lawrence Hall of Science in the East Bay Hills and the Clark Kerr Campus south of the main campus. It also provides shuttle service to the Richmond Field Station (RFS), a research facility also owned by the University, located in Richmond.

Route Descriptions[edit]

Bear Transit operates five daytime and five nighttime routes that operate mostly around the UC Berkeley Campus (with one exception: the RFS line, described later), all of which serve Berkeley BART Station.[2]

Daytime Routes[edit]

All daytime routes operate weekdays only. For a map description of the routes listed below, click here.

Route Letter Terminals Campus Areas Served Notes Schedule Information
West End East End
C
Central Line
Berkeley BART Warren Hall, Life Sciences Addition, Moffitt Library (Memorial Glade), Hearst Mining Circle (Evans Hall), Hearst Avenue (across from Cory Hall, North Gate, and Tolman Hall), Oxford Street (at Hearst) Route temporarily suspended; operates from 7:35am to 1:52pm at 20 minute intervals. Route C Information
H
Hill Line
Berkeley BART Space Sciences Laboratory/MSRI Evans Hall (Hearst Mining Circle), Strawberry Canyon Rec. Area, UC Botanical Garden, Lawrence Hall of Science, Space Sciences Laboratory/MSRI Operates from 7:35am to 7:26pm at 30 minute intervals. Route H Information
P
Perimeter Line
Berkeley BART University Avenue, Oxford Street, Hearst Avenue (Tolman Hall, North Gate, and Cory Hall), Hearst Mining Circle, Gayley Street and Rim Way (Bowles Hall), Memorial Stadium and Haas School of Business), International House, Bancroft Way (Kroeber Hall, Hearst Memorial Gym, Sather Gate, Recreational Sports Facility, and Banway Building), Shattuck Avenue (Downtown Berkeley) Operates in a clockwise direction from 6:48am to 7:22pm at 12 minute intervals. Route P Information
R
Reverse Perimeter Line
Berkeley BART Addison Street (University Hall), Oxford & Kittredge, Durant Street (at Fulton, Ellsworth and Dana Streets), Channing Way (Clearly Hall, at Bowditch, and Underhill Lot), Piedmont Avenue (International House and Haas School of Business), Hearst Mining Circle (Evans Hall), Hearst Avenue (across from Cory Hall, North Gate, and Tolman Hall), Oxford Street (at Hearst) Operates in a counterclockwise direction from 7:30am to 7:04pm at 24 minute intervals. Route R Information
RFS
Richmond Field Station Line
Richmond Field Station (Richmond) Hearst Mining Circle (Evans Hall) Oxford Street, University Village (Albany) Operates from 6:45am to 6:10pm at 60 to 90 minute intervals. Route RFS Information

Note: time intervals may vary throughout the day, particularly on the first and last runs of a service period.

Nighttime Routes[edit]

Five routes operate in the nighttime, and they are operated as either safety shuttles, to your door shuttles, or owl service around the UC Berkeley campus. These service operate every day. For a map description of the services listed below, click here.

Safety Shuttles[edit]

These routes operate every day (except certain days), and these operate to and from Berkeley BART station.

Route Letter Campus Areas Served Notes Schedule Information
D Oxford Street, Manville Hall, Channing Way (Ellsworth Structure, Residence Hall Unit 3, Dining Center, and Residence Hall Unit 1) College Avenue (Residence Hall Unit 2), Piedmont Street (at Dwight Way), Clark Kerr Campus, Warring Street (at Channing, at Bancroft Steps), Piedmont Street (International House, Haas School of Business), Bowles Hall, East Gate, Foothill Student Housing, Campbell Hall, Moffitt Library, Life Sciences Addition, Warren Hall Operates counterclockwise from 7:45pm to 3:00am at 30 minute intervals. Route D Information
E Warren Hall, Life Sciences Addition, Moffitt Library, Campbell Hall, East Gate, Bowles Hall, International House, Warring Street (at Bancroft Steps, at Channing), Clark Kerr Campus, Piedmont Street (at Channing), Channing Way (Residence Hall Unit 1, Dining Center, Residence Hall Unit 3, Ellsworth Structure, and Manville Hall), Dwight Way (at Fulton, at Dana, at Telegraph, and at Hillegass), College Avenue (Residence Hall 2), Bancroft Way (Kroeber Hall, Sather Gate, and Recreational Sports Facility), Shattuck Avenue (at Kittredge) Operates clockwise from 7:30pm to 2:52am at 30 minute intervals. Route E Information

To Your Door Shuttles[edit]

These routes operate as a "curbside service" (flexible route within service area) every day, and these operate to and from Berkeley BART station.

Route Letter Campus Areas Served Notes Schedule Information
A Warren Hall, Life Sciences Addition, Moffitt Library, Campbell Hall, Kroeber Hall, Sather Gate Operates from 9:05pm to 2:43am at 30 minute intervals to areas south of the campus. Route A Information
N Warren Hall, Life Sciences Addition, Moffitt Library, Evans Hall, Foothill Student Housing, Cory Hall, North Gate Operates from 7:40pm to 2:47am at 30 minute intervals, except for certain days, to areas north of the campus. Route N Information

Owl Service[edit]

Route O, the Owl Service, operates from 2:00am to 6:00am daily by phone request.

Note: time intervals may vary throughout the day, particularly on the first and last runs of a service period.

Fares[edit]

The fare structure is as follows:[3]

Type of Route General Fare
(visitors)
With Pass
Daytime Routes (except for RFS route) $1.00 Free*
RFS Route $1.50
Nighttime Routes Free
Owl Service Free

Note: * - to ride the daytime routes (except for RFS) for free, one must present either of the following: Bear Transit Shuttle Pass, Cal 1 Card ID, Bear Pass, or Emeriti ID.

Game Day Service[edit]

On all Cal Football home games, game day shuttles carry students and visitors to the California Memorial Stadium two (2) hours before and one (1) hour after games start. Return service after the games, though, is limited. For a description of this service, click here.

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