Transit to UCLA: A Culver CityBus stops in front of 100 Medical Plaza

Awhile back, a reader had asked for a How To on riding transit to UCLA that could be easily shared with readers. (An entry devoted to riding transit from UCLA will come later.) I’ve tied together the links and resources UCLA has available that are accessible from a computer (or a really slick smartphone). Note: I don’t spell everything out because then this entry would turn into a novel. So, in essence, this is by no means comprehensive, and I encourage you to share your own tips in the comments.

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More after the jump.

Some advice:

  • UCLA is really well-served with transit, with many of the lines running frequently during the morning and evening rush hours.
  • You’d be surprised by the areas that are served by transit directly traveling to UCLA. They include the west San Fernando Valley (between 10-20 miles away); Santa Clarita (30+); and Antelope Valley (60 + miles).  However, that service runs during weekdays only.
  • I won’t lie to you either: You will need to switch buses to get here from areas like Burbank, Inglewood, South LA (unless you live near Metro 305), the South Bay, and Long Beach.
  • Taking transit to campus can still be worth it if you don’t want to pay $10 for parking.

    1) Download the Guide to Public Transit at UCLA. This document ties most of the transit operators serving UCLA and includes a map which illustrates where customers can catch a particular route around or near the campus. It also provides information on fares and our discount subsidy programs.

    Note: This guide was produced before UCLA Transportation began subsidizing AVTA.

    2) Check out our transit-related pages on our website, www.transportation.ucla.edu:

    UCLA is also served by FlyAway to LAX and Amtrak Thruway Service to Van Nuys (to catch the train).

    2a. Read “Route Planning & Riding Tips” for some general advice. I particularly appreciated Tip #4, for it acknowledges that riding transit can have its ups and downs:

    Roll with it. All the preparation in the world can get messed up by weather, accidents, and other delays. So be ready for it!

    Arrive for your bus at least five minutes before the schedule indicates and be prepared with an alternate plan in case you or the bus is delayed or cancelled due to traffic or weather. If your commute is particularly time sensitive, try riding an earlier bus.

    3. I need reviews of transit apps for web-enabled phones! Do YOU use an app to help you figure out when/how to ride transit? If so, email me at stritipeskul at ts.ucla.edu or let me know how to contact you in the comments because I’d love to have you contribute a review. Tell us how this has helped you (or not); whether it is user-friendly; how much the app cost; and whatever you have to share. I’ve prepared these lovely mugs with goodies for your help.