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Buy Go Metro, Get a Free Flash Pass!

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BruinTAP_BlogWe're giving away free BruinGO! Flash Passes to any UCLA student, staff or faculty member who purchases a Go Metro pass for fall quarter!

BruinTAP for Transit passes are on sale now through October 20, 2017.

Purchase your Go Metro pass online here, and both your Metro and free BruinGO! pass will be automatically loaded onto your TAP card within four business days.

Fall quarter passes are valid from Monday, September 18, 2017, to Sunday, December 24, 2017.

With Go Metro and BruinGO!, you'll be able to ride on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, and Metro bus or rail line.

 

We’re Offering Free Transit Passes!

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TIP_700x240In honor of transit week during our Rideshare Month celebration, we're offering free BruinGO! Flash Passes or Go Metro passes to eligible UCLA employees through our Transit Incentive Program (TIP).

Choose to join either Try Transit or Permit Buy Back for some awesome perks and savings.

BruinGO! Flash Passes provide unlimited rides on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus. With your Go Metro pass, you can ride on any Metro bus or rail line, including the new Expo Line to UCLA.

Plus, you may be eligible to join the Bruin Commuter Club (BCC), which offers benefits such as unlimited discounted daily parking and four hours of Zipcar rentals every month.

For more information about TIP and to register for your free pass, click here.

 

 

PHOTOS: Rideshare Fair 2016

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ridesharefair_blogMiss out on our Rideshare Fair earlier this month? Don't worry! Scroll down for a quick recap of what went down. For more photos, check out our album on Facebook.

Plus, Rideshare Month isn't over yet. There's still time to pledge to share the ride for a chance to win some really cool prizes like a Fitbit, gift cards and more. Click here to pledge by October 31.

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Buy a Metro Pass, Get a Flash Pass for Free!

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Expo-Line-Blog-Header_700x240To continue the celebration of the Expo Line Extension opening, we're offering free BruinGO! Flash Passes to any UCLA student, staff or faculty member who purchases a Go Metro pass this summer!

Purchase your Go Metro pass online here, and both your Metro and free BruinGO! pass will be automatically loaded onto your TAP card within three business days.

Both summer passes are valid from Monday, Jun 13 to Sunday, September 11.

With Go Metro and BruinGO!, you'll be able to ride on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, and Metro bus or rail lines.

For more information about the Expo Line Extension, including campus-friendly stops and buses to UCLA , click here.

Expo Line To Santa Monica Opens in One Month

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Exactly one month from now, the Expo Line extension will be opening. This is great news for UCLA commuters, who will now have a good alternative to the oft-congested Santa Monica Freeway.

The current Expo Line only runs to Culver City. The 6.6-mile extension adds seven new stations:

  1. Palms: At the intersection of Palms Blvd. and National Ave.
  1. Westwood/Rancho Park: This is the best transfer point for buses headed up Westwood Blvd. to Westwood Village and UCLA. It’s less than a 10-minute drive from campus.
  1. Expo/Sepulveda: Just south of Pico Blvd. Near Sawtelle Japantown.
  1. Expo/Bundy: About 1.5 miles from the Santa Monica Airport.
  1. 26th/Bergamot: Adjacent to the Bergamot Station arts complex in Santa Monica.
  1. 17th Street/SMC: About half a mile from Santa Monica College.
  1. Downtown Santa Monica: Steps away from the Santa Monica Pier, the beach, Santa Monica Place, the Third Street Promenade, the Palisades Park, Tongva Park and the Santa Monica Civic Center.

Those heading to UCLA should step off the Westwood/Rancho Park station. Beginning June 11, the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus will operate its new Rapid 12 service, a more direct route between the Palms station, the Westwood station and UCLA. According to Big Blue Bus, it will run every seven to eight minutes during peak times throughout the school year.

“It was closely replicate the experience of an end-to-end shuttle, and with virtually no wait time at either end due to high frequency,” said Edward F. King, Director of Transit Services at Big Blue Bus, in a Daily Bruin Letter to the Editor.

The new Culver CityBus Rapid 6 will offer a near-direct route between the Sepulveda station and UCLA.

Additionally, UCLA Housing is offering  a Saturday BruinBus shuttle—operated by UCLA Transportation—to Santa Monica. BruinBus shuttles are free not just to students but also to Westwood visitors.

UCLA Transportation subsidizes 50% of the BruinGO! Flash Pass, which provides unlimited rides on an Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus. The pass only costs $33 per quarter or $0.50 per ride.

Amid requests to have UCLA Transportation offer a free shuttle from campus to the Expo Line’s Westwood station—which will likely prove to be cost inefficient—King countered that while “having to pay any fare does discourage ridership, we don’t agree that the solution is to overlap service that is already planned to handle the large loads of students. It would waste resources on both sides.”

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