** Updated Information posted 5/11: While a new funding agreement is in place, patrons of the W Line will still be required to pay a fare to offset the costs of running service. The current fare options will remain, including cash fares when boarding the shuttle, prepaid 18-ride cards, or quarterly, unlimited ride passes. More information regarding payment options will be posted on the Anteater Express website in the coming months. **
UCI Campus Community,
Earlier this year, Anteater Express announced the cancellation of the W-Line (West Irvine) bus route at the conclusion of the current academic year due to a discontinuation of funding. Since this announcement, several members of the campus community have come together to hear the concerns of students and UCI affiliates who depend on this service to get to campus. Members of ASUCI came together to meet with Administration to try and come up with various possibilities to continue the Line as well as outside entities, such as the City of Irvine, The Irvine Company, and OCTA. Unfortunately, ideal solutions and ideas that were brought forth by multiple people to these entities were not feasible, but ASUCI still wanted to find a solution.
Members of the Bus Love Initiative Funding Board, a board that works with Anteater Express and makes many of the decisions regarding the disbursement of student-provided funds for the shuttles, became committed to finding a way to service these individuals.
The Bus Love Board and Anteater Express are happy to announce that the W-Line WILL RETURN for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic year!
**With a 2-year funding guarantee, this will allow the W-Line to run during the academic year ONLY – Fall, Winter, Spring. We will have more information about the W Line route information and changes for the upcoming academic year posted on the Anteater Express website at www.shuttle.uci.edu in the coming months.**
As always, the Board is committed to satisfying student needs and creating a sustainable future for our campus. We would like to thank our campus partners and those who were instrumental in finding solutions to ensure the continuation of all current routing.
ASUCI Internal Vice President