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The Commuter Services Office provides faculty, staff and students with an extensive Rideshare Program. The following programs are available to assist you in your commute to Cal State L.A.

Parking and Transportation Service Center

Payments for transit (i.e., tap cards, tokens, and faculty/staff Metrolink passes) are made at the Parking & Transportation Service Center located in Parking Lot 3. Accepted forms of payment include: cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa or MasterCard.  Students can purchase Metrolink tickets at the Metrolink vending machine.


Additional information about area transit can be found at:

Los Angeles County MTA: or 1-800-COMMUTE (266-6883)

Foothill Transit: or 1-800-743-3463

Metrolink: or 1-800-371-LINK (5465)

Park and Ride Shuttle Service 

Additional parking is available at The Alhambra office complex near the University.  The parking lot is located at Date Avenue between Orange Street and Mission Road (one block east of Fremont Avenue) in Alhambra.  For more information please click here.


The Cal State L.A. Metrolink Station is located at the south end of the campus below the MTA busway. Cal State L.A. is the only university in Southern California to have a train station so close to the campus. The Metrolink line that serves Cal State L.A. is the San Bernardino line, with stations in San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Montclair, Claremont, Pomona North, Covina, Baldwin Park and El Monte. Current students are eligible to receive a 25% discount on monthly passes. Monthly passes for students are available for purchase through the ticket vending machines at the transit center. While riding the train, students must show current valid student identification along with a valid pass, upon request, to fare enforcement personnel. Employees who arrive on campus before 11:00 am may be eligible to receive discounts on their Metrolink monthly passes as well.  For more information visit

Bus Lines

There are close to 20 bus lines that serve the Cal State L.A. campus and are operated by both the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Foothill Transit. Both local and express bus lines serve the campus and offer college students a monthly discount. Employees who begin work before 11:00 am may be eligible to receive a monthly bus subsidy.  For more information visit and

For Metro maps, schedules and the Cal State L.A. Metro pocket guide, visit:


There are several community-based shuttles that serve the Cal State L.A. campus. Currently Alhambra Community Transit (ACT), East Los Angeles Shuttle (El Sol), Edelman’s Children’s Court Shuttle and the Monterey Park Shuttle (Spirit), all stop on the south end of the campus during peak transit periods.  For more information visit:


Employees, including student employees, who carpool and arrive at work before 11:00 am, may be eligible to receive free and preferred parking on campus. Employees who bring children to a licensed childcare facility within one mile from the campus may be eligible for carpool parking. Contact Commuter Services for details on the carpool program and program eligibility. The Commuter Services office also provides match lists to University members who are looking for potential rideshare partners.

Bike or Walk

Employees who walk or bike to campus are encouraged to sign-up in the Bicycle/Walker program. Participants in the Bicycle/Walker program can receive complimentary parking passes during inclement weather and participate in quarterly drawings and commuter events.

The Commuter Services office also has bicycle lockers available for rent for $10 for current students per quarter and $20 for faculty or staff.  Those not currently enrolled or affiliated with Cal State L.A. may rent a locker for $20, but priority is given to students and faculty/staff of Cal State L.A. Please contact Commuter Services for bicycle locker availability.

Free Bicycle Registration:  Bring your bicycle to the department of Public Safety along with your driver's license or Cal State L.A. ID and register your bicycle.

Employee Drop-Off

Employees, who do not drive to the campus but are dropped off by a non-campus member, may be eligible to receive quarterly incentives for helping to reduce the pollutants emitted by vehicles arriving to the campus during the morning peak hours.

Emergency Ride Home

In the event of an emergency, unplanned overtime, and/or family illness, the emergency ride home program offers employee participants a guaranteed ride home or to where their car is parked, at no cost to them.

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Commuter Services Office
Hours and Location:

Public Safety Building
(323) 343-5277
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Parking & Transporation Center
Hours and Location:
Lot 3
(323) 343-6118
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm