Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)

How do I reserve a vehicle?

Vehicles may be reserved by completing the fleet vehicle rental request form online.

What is the process for checking out a vehicle?

  • If you are a student, you must complete the student authorization form and bring it with you at the time of the reservation.
  • Faculty and staff are covered under the university's vehicle insurance, so no authorization form is required.
  • Arrive 10 minutes before your reservation time to allow enough time to complete a vehicle inspection form.

How do I reserve a cart?

Carts may be reserved by faculty and staff by contacting the TAPS Help Desk at 209-228-8277 or by sending an email request to taps@ucmerced.edu. Complete the borrowed cart agreement and bring it with you at the time of pick up.
Please provide the following information at the time of request:

  • Pick up date and time
  • Drop off date and time
  • Purpose of trip
  • Name(s) of driver(s)

Where do I pick the cart up?

At the TAPS office. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is open during lunch.

What responsibilities do I have as the driver?

The Fleet Usage Policy outlines your responsibilities and must be signed at the time of any fleet vehicle reservation.

Are fueling services available?

A Voyager card is provided for all fleet vehicle reservations. Instructions on how to use the card is located in the vehicle handbook and on the TAPS website under Voyager Card Services/Locations.

What do I do if I have an accident or if the vehicle sustains damage?

Procedures may be found on the TAPS website under Incident/Accident Procedures.

How can I find out about CatTracks schedules?

CatTracks schedules can be found on the TAPS website. If you have questions about routes, please contact the TAPS Help Desk at 209-228-8277, VIA at 209-384-1315 or toll-free, 800-842-5463.

How do I get a parking pass?

Faculty, staff and student parking permits may be purchased online through ePay or at the TAPS office. Current rates are located on the TAPS website in the Parking Permit section.

How do I respond to a parking ticket?

You can either submit a citation payment or appeal online or in person at the TAPS office.

Other Questions

Contact TAPS directly at 209-228-8277 (CAT-TAPS).