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What Do We Do At UCLA Transportation? [VIDEO]

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Dickson Plaza 01-00354 copy2 blogPeople often think all we do is provide parking on campus, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, parking is part of it. Most of it, however, is getting you access to campus. That's what we're all about: being green, sustainable and safe.

To highlight some of our goals, accomplishments and best practices, we've made this nifty video. Check it out below and on our YouTube channel.


9 Questions to Ask a Potential Carpool Partner

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The application period for student parking permits opens this Friday, January 20. Instead of applying for a single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) permit, apply for a two- or three-person carpool permit and you'll be guaranteed parking!

That's right! If you apply for a carpool permit and meet all the eligibility requirements, you are guaranteed a parking permit! Plus, you'll save time and money on your commute.

Here's the breakdown: A Commute Student Permit costs $237 per quarter and a Residence Hall Permit is even more at $297 per quarter. With a two-person carpool, you'll pay $195 per quarter, divided by two people, and with a three-person carpool, you'll be splitting $117 three ways.

Start by using Zimride to search for existing carpools to join, or form you own!

To guide you in your search for the perfect carpool partner, here are the perfect questions to ask:

1. Who’s driving?

If you’re not an early riser, make sure to ask your potential carpool partner about their driving preferences. If both you and your partner(s) would like to drive, you may want to implement a rotation system where the responsibility can be shared.

2. Which route is the most convenient?

For some individuals, local streets are the way to go. Yet for others, the freeway may be the best option. Always make sure to find a happy medium because you never know if your partner(s) may know of a shortcut to work that can help you cut your commute time in half.

3. Where will the pick-up location be? What about drop-off?

For many, this question could be the deciding factor as to who may be your future carpooling partner. Carpools always work best when your pick-up zones are in close proximity. If for some reason your pick-up locations aren't nearby, consider meeting at a public spot like a grocery or department store parking lot. Just make sure there aren't any parking restrictions.

4. How long should the driver wait at a stop for passengers before leaving?

While it is important to note that sudden emergency situations are inevitable sometimes, as a carpool partner, it is just as important to be mindful of the fact that the schedule of your carpool partner cannot be altered according to your emergency. Make sure to always set a time limit that is comfortable for you and your partner in order to help dodge any future conflict.

5. What are the schedules of all carpoolers?

Do you and your carpool partners' schedule align with one another? How early do the both of you need to be on campus? These two questions could really make or break your decision.

If your days end at different times, always consider utilizing more than one transportation mode for your commute (i.e., carpooling to campus and taking public transit back home).

6. What kind of music do you prefer?

You may like to start off your mornings with some of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean your partner does. If music isn't the preference, you and your partner can also listen to news, podcasts, or even audio books. Come to some kind of agreement that will make your daily commute something to look forward to.

7. Is eating in the car okay? What about smoking? Will coffee drive-thru stops be scheduled?

Never automatically assume your carpool partner shares the same preferences as you do. Be mindful of the fact that this may not be your car, and even if it is, always remember to clarify what is and isn't allowed in each vehicle to avoid conflict.

8. How will the costs be calculated? Cash or Check?

Will payments be made on a per ride basis or a weekly or monthly basis? Is cash preferred? Will the cost of the parking permit and gas be split evenly? What about maintenance fees?Use the AAA guide to determine cost, and this process will be way easier than you anticipated.

9. What will happen during long vacations? What about sudden illnesses?

Make sure you have back-up plans in place in case the driver is unable to host the pool that day. If you have multiple carpool members, assign a backup driver. If not, keep a TAP card with some funds in hand for those days when you have to ride the bus to campus.



Share A Ride Home This Thanksgiving With Zimride


zimsigivingOnly a few days left till Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate this holiday than by sharing a ride home from UCLA? Form or join a carpool on Zimride and be entered into their 2016 Zimsgiving Post a Ride Sweepstakes for some great prizes.

All you have to do is create an account using your UCLA email or log into your existing account, and click the "Post a Ride" button to find a match with someone from UCLA going the same way.

Post a new ride from now through November 30, and you will be automatically entered to win an Amazon Echo, $100 Amazon gift cards and $50 Amazon gift cards.

Where you need to gobble to, Zimride will help find you a ride.

Park on Campus for $6 a Month!


CarpoolUCLA Transportation recently rolled out a new addition to its carpool program: a four-person carpool permit. Now, if you join or form a four-person carpool, you can park on campus for $25 per month or $75 per quarter. That breaks down to $6.25 per person a month or $18.75 a quarter!

The permit is only available to UCLA staff and faculty with valid Bruin ID cards. Students are not eligible to apply. However, students may apply for two- or three-person carpool permits for guaranteed parking if applications are submitted by the deadline.

Search for an existing carpool or create your own using Zimride. Log in using your UCLA email address and find fellow UCLA carpoolers who mirror your commute location and schedule.

With newly-increased rates for yellow and blue parking permits, what better way to commute to campus than by being both economical and sustainable?


UCLA Releases Annual ‘State of the Commute’ Report



Amid a growing population of staff, faculty and students, UCLA Transportation is still on track to reach its Climate Action Plan goal of a 50% alternative transportation commute rate, according to its newly-released "State of the Commute" report.

In 2015, UCLA’s drive-alone rate was close to 54% for employees, significantly lower than Los Angeles County as a whole, where approximately 73% of all commuters drive alone to work according to 2014 U.S. Census data. The drive-alone rate for UCLA’s commuting students is even lower at just over 26%.UCLATransportation_SOTC_2016_COVER_small

“Through our wide range of alternative transportation options, we have dramatically reduced vehicle trips to campus,” said Renee Fortier, UCLA Transportation's Executive Director, "a decrease of 25% in the last decade. With fewer motorists on the road, UCLA has significantly contributed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the region. Our success recently garnered the University a Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the state's highest environmental honor.”

Additionally, UCLA was honored with a Silver status as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

The University continues to reap benefits from its substantial investment in smarter commute programs, including such measures as providing nearly 50% subsidized transit passes, vanpool subsidies, discounted carpool parking permits, bicycling infrastructure and other commuter support services. Staff, faculty and student incentives help employees and students reduce mobile source greenhouse gas emissions and make sustainable transportation choices for both their commutes and intra-campus trips. The annual report highlights the commuting characteristics of the more than 43,000 students and 30,000 staff and faculty members, featuring graphs, charts and tables which list program participation levels, specific mode use and the commuter options and support programs available to UCLA employees, students and visitors.

The complete UCLA State of the Commute PDF report is available here. For further information, please visit the UCLA Newsroom.