Transportation Services

Don't Pollute! Change the Way You Commute

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.


Cal State LA Now Offers Metro U-Pass!!!

Buy your U-Pass starting  Mon. Nov. 28th! Cal State LA Students can get around for less with U-Pass.

Metro and Cal State LA have partnered to launch a new Universal College Student Transit Pass (U-Pass) Pilot Program. Through this program, qualifying students can purchase a pass for $95 for Spring semester. This college discounted transit pass is designed to streamline the process of purchasing a college student transit pass and offers students unlimited rides on Metro’s rail and bus line services.

Some key factors to the new program include:

  • In-person U-Pass registration process
  • Reduced fee and convenient purchasing outlet
  • U-Pass sticker is placed directly on school ID – no college TAP card required
  • Pass has unlimited use on all Metro lines including weekends and during campus intersession
  • Lower unit requirement allows more part-time students to participate

Get more information on U-Pass today.


Student Commuting Options

Cal State LA has many commuting options available to its students. Whether you bike to campus or use one of the many public transit lines serving Cal State LA, you’ll find an inexpensive, stress-free, and great for the environment alternative to driving.

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.

Cal State LA Transit Center

The Cal State LA Transit Center hosts many local and express buses operated by both the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Foothill Transit. The Transit Center also features its very own Metrolink station, a first for a Southern California college campus.

Bus Lines

There are close to 18 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 discounts.

Metro College Discount & TAP Card Information

Reduced Fare passes are now on TAP!

The Metro TAP Card is a durable plastic card you can use again and again. If you're a Senior, Disabled or Student rider, TAP makes it easier to go Metro by giving you more ways to buy your pass. You can load your TAP card at Metro Customer Centers, at pass vendors throughout the county, or at any Metro Rail or Metro Orange Line ticket vending machine. Best of all, you can reload your TAP card – any time of the day or night. Just call 866.TAPTOGO or visit taptogo.net. Monthly passes can be reloaded at the Parking & Transportation center, next to parking lot 3 Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm.

Foothill Transit Pass

College Student Discount

Take your student ID, a copy of your current registration fee receipt and proof of full-time status for the current or upcoming term (a minimum of 12 units/hours per week for three consecutive months for undergraduate students or 3 to 4 units/hours per week for graduate students) into a Foothill Transit Store to get a special Photo ID TAP card.

Metrolink

The Cal State L.A. Metrolink Station is located at the south end of the campus below the Metro busway. Cal State L.A. is the only university in Southern California to have a train station so close 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.One advantage of being a student is the wide variety of discounts you receive – including purchasing a Metrolink ticket at a discounted price. Students receive a 25% discount off the regular adult fare for a one-way ticket, round-trip ticket, 7-day pass, or a monthly pass. Student discount tickets or passes must be purchased at the ticket vending machines located at each station. For help planning your trip on Metrolink stop by the Parking & Transportation center or Commuter Services Office, to obtain maps and schedules and speak with a representative. Complimentary Tickets for Students Want to try it for free? Cal State LA Commuter Services has complimentary round-trip tickets available by request. Students can receive one (1) complimentary ticket. Please contact Commuter Services office 323-343-5277 for more information. For schedules and information, visit Metrolink at metrolinktrains.com.

Zip Car

No car on campus? No problem!

Rent vehicles on campus by the hour. Cal State LA Commuter Services has teamed up with Zipcar, the nation's largest provider of carsharing services, to give students access to vehicles parked for mobility when needed. Pay only for the hours used, and the hourly fee covers the cost of the car rental, mileage, insurance, parking, gas and maintenance. Register to become a Zipcar member at zipcar.com/calstatela. Once registered a Zipcard is mailed that will grant access to this innovative program.

Community Shuttles

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), the Monterey Park Shuttle (Spirit), the Edelman’s Children’s Court Shuttle all stop on the south end of the campus during peak transit periods.

Bicycles

Bike to campus and secure your bicycle on one of our many bicycle racks for free or sign up for one of our bicycle lockers. Racks and locker are located throughout the campus. Lockers available for rent for $10 for current students per semester. 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 LA. 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 LA ID and register your bicycle.

Faculty and Staff Commuting Options

Metrolink

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. Employees who arrive on campus before 11:00 am may be eligible to receive discounts on their Metrolink monthly passes.  For more information visit metrolinktrains.com.

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. Employees who begin work before 11:00 am may be eligible to receive a monthly bus subsidy.  For more information visit metro.net and foothilltransit.org.

For Metro maps, schedules and the Cal State L.A. Metro pocket guide, visit: http://metro.net/calstatela

Shuttles

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:

Carpool

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

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