Transportation Services


  • Vaquero Express

    Parking & Transportation Services operates the Vaquero Express bus service on the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses through the Vaquero Express public transportation system. In addition, Vaquero Express routes connect those campuses with Harlingen and Weslaco, and serve the Visual Arts Building in Edinburg, the McAllen Teaching Site, and Rio Grande City (via Valley Metro's Green Line at STC).  All routes operated by the University are FREE to use and open to the general public.

    View TIMETABLES for all connector routes.

    • Campus Connector: connects the Brownsville, Edinburg, and Harlingen campuses
    • Edinburg/Weslaco Connector: connects the Edinburg campus to Weslaco
    • Brownsville/Weslaco Connector: connects the Brownsville campus to Weslaco
    • EVABL: operates between the Edinburg campus and the EVABL building in Edinburg 
    • RGC Connector: connects the Edinburg campus to Rio Grande City via the Green Line
    • Campus Circulators: operate in both Edinburg and Brownsville campuses transporting students from remote parking lots to locations closer to campus. (VOLT coming Fall 2019)

    Download the RideSystems app to track our buses! (iOS & Android)

  • VOLT

    VOLT is a public micro mobility program specifically designed for efficiency and effectiveness. It is composed of a fleet of 23 electric street-legal vehicles equipped with safety and security cameras, unlimited high-speed data streams, and GPS vehicle trackers via Ride Systems. Ride Systems is an intelligent transit solution (ITS) that allows users to view real-time vehicle location, direction of travel, and estimated time of arrival at the push of a button. VOLT was designed as a fast, zero-emissions solution to serve the intercampus mobility needs of the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses. VOLT is made possible through a partnership with regional public transit provider Valley Metro.

     
    Circuits

    The Edinburg and Brownsville campuses include a series of route alignments called “circuits”.  These circuits provide service in and around both campuses

     

    Edinburg Campus

    Orange Circuit – provides service to lots E10, E34 and E35.

    Blue Circuit – Provides service to lots E12, E26, E31, E32, and E33

    Green Circuit – provides service to Lots Provides service to Lots, E16, E21, E22, and E23.

     

    Brownsville Campus

    Yellow Circuit – provides service to Lots B1 and the Brownsville Early College High School (BECHS)

    Pink Circuit – Provides service to Lot B4 and B1

     

    VOLT also offers the convenience of call stops. Call stops are built to provide service outside the circuit alignments by calling our office ahead of time and making that reservation. Reservations are needed to track all deviations and ensure the VOLT service is functioning at full capacity at an given time. All call stops are indicated on the map via the call stop icon.

     

    All VOLT vehicles are Department of Transportation (DOT) approved and come equipped with many features found in passenger vehicles such as seatbelts and turn signals. As such, all VOLT vehicles are subject to all traffic laws and treated identically as passenger vehicles while in operation.

     

    The VOLT service will provide frequencies as low as every 5 minutes with multiple vehicles per circuit making it the most efficient and effective transit option in South Texas.

     

    For more information, please see our FAQs

  • Other Public Transit Service

    Parking & Transportation Services has partnered with other transit providers to provide additional connectivity throughout the Valley for faculty, staff, and students.

    Valley Metro: Valley Metro operates routes throughout the entire Valley, including rural and urban areas, as well as Metro Express, which connects the Brownsville, Harlingen, and McAllen public transit terminals to the UTRGV Edinburg and Brownsville campuses. Students, faculty, and staff may ride on any Valley Metro route at no charge by showing their validated UTRGV ID Card upon boarding. For more information, visit their website at www.lrgvdc.org/valleymetro.

    B Metro: B Metro operates routes within the city of Brownsville. Students may ride on any B Metro route at no charge by showing their validated UTRGV ID Card upon boarding. For more information, visit their website at bmetro.cob.us.

    Metro McAllen: Metro McAllen operates routes within the city of McAllen. The student fare is $0.50 upon boarding. A regular adult fare is $1. For more information, visit www.mcallen.net/metro.

  • Special Trips

    Parking & Transportation Services is open to special trip requests from University departments on a limited basis using University-owned vehicles. If you have a group and need transportation for a special trip, please see our Special Trip Policy for more details.

  • Other Transit Information

    • Rider Rules - We're dedicated to providing the best customer service for our passengers. In return, we ask that all riders follow a few simple rules to make the experience enjoyable for everyone. 
    • Title VI - As a subrecipient of Valley Metro for FTA funds, UTRGV must comply with Title VI requirements. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that no person in the U.S. be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance on the grounds of race, color, or national origin. Any person who believes that they have been excluded from, denied the benefits of, or been subjected to discrimination on the Vaquero Express may file a written complaint with the LRGVDC Office of Human Resources within 180 calendar days of the alleged incident. More information can be found on Valley Metro's website.
    • ADA - As a subrecipient of Valley Metro for FTA funds, UTRGV complies with all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Vaquero Express not not discriminate against any individuals with disabilities in connection with provision of transportation service. Nor does it deny any individual the opportunity to use the service if the individual is capable of using that service. 
    • Complaints - Any individual with complaints about any aspect of Vaquero Express service, including Title VI or ADA concerns, may directly contact the Transportation Director, Gabriel Zuniga, at gabriel.zuniga01@utrgv.edu or transportation@utrgv.edu