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We’re Giving Away Free BruinGO! Flash Passes

UCLA Try Transit Promo

UCLA Try Transit PromoAren't you tired of driving in traffic? Well, what better motivation is there to get out of your car and release yourself from the clutches of rush hour than getting a free transit pass?

That's exactly what we're doing to help you ease that stress. We're offering eligible UCLA employees and graduate students a chance to Try Transit for an entire quarter—on us!

If you qualify, we'll give you a BruinGO! Flash Pass valid for unlimited rides on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus. There's absolutely no obligation!

Here's how you make the cut:

  • Current UCLA staff or faculty member, or graduate student with a staff appointment time of 40% or more for the duration of the requested Flash Pass effective dates
  • Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) permit holder during the entire duration of the requested Flash Pass effective dates (New employees hired within one month are not required to be SOV permit holders)
  • Does not currently hold a Flash Pass, and did not hold a Flash Pass for the previous quarter
  • Must live in the service area

To register for your free pass, simply click here.

Take advantage of this offer today, while supplies last!

Get Your Free Pass


How Will BBB Fare Changes Affect You?


bbbIn short, it won't.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB) recently made several price adjustments to its fares and passes.

But thankfully, UCLA staff, faculty and students with a valid BruinCard will not be affected by these changes.

The cost of BruinGO! Flash Passes ($33/quarter) and BBB co-pays (50 cents) will remain the same.

Check below to see what's changed with BBB for all other riders.



Here’s How to Stay Green, UCLA


shutterstock_179577842Here you are, a college student at an amazing university in an amazing state. Your generation is wise to the green game and often accounts for environmental issues when you make decisions. But being green isn't always easy, especially if you live off-campus.

Renting an apartment provides you with a rental history, which you’ll need after you graduate. Off-campus housing also affords you more freedom than you would get while living in the dorms. But how can you live off-campus and still be green when you have to commute to school? What steps can you take to minimize your footprint?

UCLA BruinLink, a newsletter for UCLA students and their parents, has a section dedicated to helping weigh and compare housing and commuting options. It is a solid site that also provides the following printable forms: roommate needed form, room in private home/room for service form, sample rental documents and sublet listing forms.

Off-Campus: Look Close to Travel Smart

Living away from campus doesn’t mean you have to live in the boondocks. That's exactly what you do not want to do. The closer you are to campus, the greener you can make your commute. So look for an apartment that will allow you to easily travel to and from your classes and school events. Perimeter homes are easy to find if you know where to look. is a great resource for UCLA students, as the site covers the area thoroughly.

Vetted apartments on have a badge next to the listing. You'll also want to search for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified apartments or apartments that embrace aspects of LEED-certification. You may have to make a few tradeoffs, but you should still be able to find a home that is compatible with your green lifestyle.

The Green Commute

Sustainability is important to the UC system, as demonstrated by the fact that the UC system recently became the first system in the U.S. to have 100 LEED-certified buildings. Since 2006, all new construction in the UC system has met LEED standards. Being a part of an organization that takes sustainability so seriously makes it much easier to make environmentally-friendly choices. The system makes sure to offer green(er) commuting options too.

The BruinGO! Transit Program

Like the rest of the UC system, UCLA has a proven commitment to sustainability and provides students with ample options to travel smarter.The BruinGO! Transit Program allows eligible UCLA students and staff to travel on several bus lines at a reduced cost. For $33 per quarter, students and staff can travel on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver City Bus.


Rideshare Thursdays

UCLA Try Transit Promo

UCLA Try Transit Promo

Did you know we're giving away free BruinGo! Flash Passes if you're willing to Try Transit? For one quarter, you'll get unlimited rides on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus. Make your life a little bit easier by avoiding parking on campus. Imagine the money—and time—you'd save! M.T.'s got the right idea. Check our her #UCLARideshare story.

And don't forget: If you've got a story of your own to share, or even just a cool photo of your commute, send it to us at If we publish it, we'll give you a free gift card.

Thanks for ridesharing, M.T.!


I love BruinGo! My daily commute consists of walking 138 feet to the bus stop, then hopping on the 12 to get to campus. Compared with driving, the bus drops me off closer to campus than walking from the parking structure.

Thank you so much BruinGo! I don't know what I'd do without you.


Big Blue Bus Launches NextBus Real-Time Arrival Info


bbbTired of waiting for your bus or wondering if you missed it? Santa Monica Big Blue Bus passengers can now track real-time arrivals on their mobile devices via NextBus, a web-based service that gives transit riders access to the specific location of their bus and predicted arrival time at their stop.

Big Blue Bus announced the release of NextBus arrival information last Wednesday. By logging on to NextBus' mobile-friendly site, commuters are able to find out if their bus is on schedule or delayed because of traffic, weather or construction. The NextBus app, however, is currently only available for Android devices. NextBus for iOS will be available for download from the App Store this summer.

For customers without smartphones, real-time data can be accessed by texting “SMBBB” followed by a space and the stop number to 41411, or by calling (310) 451-5444 at any time and entering the stop number.

Riding multiple lines? NextBus also provides real-time arrival information for UCLA’s BruinBus and Los Angeles Metro, and is able to determine what routes are in your area by utilizing your location.

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