Don't Pollute! Change the Way You Commute
The Transportation 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 LA.
The Transportation Services Office is located in The Public Safety Building. During the COVID-19 pandemic, service hours will be reduced to Monday thru Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm. For immediate assistance, contact Transportation Services or call (323) 343-5277.
Faculty and Staff Commuting Options
Cal State LA has many commuting options available to its Faculty and Staff. Whether you want to go green or just find an alternative to driving in traffic, we offer subsidies and incentives to help you find a better way to commute.
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. Metrolink's San Bernardino line travel east toward San Bernardino Station and west to Union Station via a single platform. Additionally, there are close to 18 bus lines that serve the Cal State LA 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. Cal State LA Transportation Services offers subsidies for monthly bus and Metrolink passes.
There are close to 18 bus lines that serve the Cal State LA campus and are operated by both the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Foothill Transit. Cal State LA Transportation Services provides a monthly bus subsidy to University employees (some restrictions apply), full-time or part-time arriving to campus before 11:00 am and use public transit as an alternate mode of transportation to the University at least four (4) or more days per week. For more information visit our Public Bus Subsidy Page or contact Transportation Services at (323)343-5277.
NOTE: SUBSIDIZED BUS PASSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE 1st TO THE 20th OF THE MONTH.
The Cal State LA Metrolink Station is located at the south end of the campus below the Metro busway. Cal State LA is the only university in Southern California to have a Metrolink train station on the campus. The Metrolink line that serves Cal State LA 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. Cal State LA Transportation Services provides a monthly rail subsidy to University employees (some restrictions apply), full-time or part-time arriving to campus before 11:00 am and use public transit as an alternate mode of transportation to the University at least four (4) or more days per week. For more information visit our Faculty and Staff Metrolink Page or contact Transportation Services at (323)343-5277. For help planning your trip on Metrolink visit the Transportation Services Office located in the Public Safety building. For schedules and information, visit Metrolink at metrolinktrains.com.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Waze Carpool, Lyft Line, and Rideamigos are some of the ridesharing apps available to help you find alternative ways to get to campus. To learn more, visit our Ridesharing Apps Page. Waze Carpool, Lyft Line, and Rideamigos are some of the ridesharing apps available to help you find alternative ways to get to campus. Ridesharing App services through Cal State LA will be paused during the Spring semester due to COVID-19.
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 Transportation 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 receive incentives each semester
The Commuter Services office also has bicycle lockers available for rent for $10 for current students and $20 for faculty or staff 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 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.
Employees, who do not drive to the campus but are dropped off by a non-campus member, may be eligible to receive incentives each semester for helping to reduce the pollutants emitted by vehicles arriving to the campus during the morning peak hours.
Commuter Vehicle Loan Program
Due to COVID-19, the Commuter Vehicle Loan Program has been temporarily suspended.
For more information visit our Commuter Vehicle Loan Program page or contact Transportation Services at (323) 343-5277.
There are several community-based shuttles that serve the Cal State LA 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.
Guaranteed Return Trip Home Program
Concerned about getting home because of an unplanned event? In the event of an emergency, unplanned overtime, and/or family illness, the Guaranteed Return Trip Home Program offers employee participants a guaranteed ride home or to where their car is parked, at no cost to them. For more information visit the Guaranteed Return Trip Home Program page or contact Transportation Services at (323) 343-5277.
Zipcar is another car-sharing program available for campus members 18 years and older. Beginning August 23, 2021, there will be one Zipcar located in Lot 5 in the southwest corner near Student Housing. The vehicle can be reserved in advance at a rate of $7.50 per hour. Annual membership fees also apply to Faculty and staff. For more information, visit the Zipcar Webpage, or contact Transportation Services via email or call (323) 343-5277.
For more information contact Transportation Services via email or call (323) 343-5277.
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