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Dashing Through LA This Holiday Season On Public Transit

Christmas lights on the classic bus model

Warsaw, Poland - December 5th, 2016: Christmas lights on the classic bus model on the street at night. The streets in a city is decorated by many interesting Christmas ornaments and lights in december. The children really like especially the Christmas old bus.

What fun it is to ride public transportation to L.A. holiday happenings like ice skating, light displays and other attractions!

Earn a spot on the nice list by keeping your carbon footprint small as you take in wintertime sights and sounds. Here’s a round-up of the merriest activities around LA you can get to using alternative transportation.

Winter Sports

Ice at Santa Monica

Trade in your sneakers for skates and hit this 8,000 square foot rink by the beach. Take the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 2 to Downtown Santa Monica/SM Civic Center then walk a few blocks or ride the Metro Rapid Line 720 and get off at 4th/Arizona, just mere steps from the outdoor rink.

Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Skate surrounded by the city skyline. Multiple DTLA bus lines serve the area and Metro’s Red and Purple Line go to the Pershing Square Station.

Ride the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus then catch the Expo Line at Westwood/Rancho Park Station to get off at the 7th Street/Metro Center Station. You can also take the Metro Rapid Line 720 to 6th/Hope. Show your TAP card at the rink to save on admission.

Continue the holiday outdoor experience and jingle all the way through downtown using Metro Bike Share. The closest station is at Olive and 5th. For more station locations, click here.

Twinkle, Twinkle

LA Zoo Lights | Directions from UCLA lazoolights

Bigger, brighter and merrier this year, the zoo’s holiday tradition returns. Explore a wild wonderland of light under the stars and along the way view real reindeer, visit with Santa on select dates and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies.

Descanso Gardens Enchanted: Forest of Light | Directions from UCLA

This interactive nighttime event features a one-mile walk through colorful lighting experiences that employ sound and special effects through different parts of the botanical garden. Use the LADOT Commuter Express to reach this location from campus.

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk | Directions from UCLA

Make the season magical by celebrating Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. See an all-new holiday spectacle with lights and music cast against the backdrop of Hogwarts castle.

Hit CityWalk on Sunday, December 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate Chanukah at Chabad of the Valley’s annual event which features a free concert.

BOLD Holidays Beverly Hills | Directions from UCLA

All December the hills are aglow with events and activities including carolers, lighting displays, a meet and greet with Santa on Rodeo Drive, music and special shopping, restaurant and hotel offerings.

Fairytales & Festivals

Holiday Trainfest and Toy Drive at Union Station | Directions from UCLA

On Saturday, December 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. tour vintage rail cars, enjoy holiday music and refreshments and meet Santa at this free event. Celebrate the season and help those in need by donating new, unwrapped toys in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use Metro’s Trip Planner for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site. Enter from Vignes Street or Cesar Chavez Ave.

George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” at the Music Center | Directions from UCLA

Catch a world premiere of a holiday classic performed by the Miami City Ballet with a live orchestra at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Image result for queen mary chillChill at the Queen Mary | Directions from UCLA

Embark on a holiday expedition at the Queen Mary’s 38,000-square foot Ice Adventure Park featuring ice skating, a zip line, ice tubing slide and other thrills. Celebrate the traditions of Christmas from six different regions with an international food fare and cultural celebration, dancing and live performances, a nightly Christmas tree lighting and more.

Happy Holidays, and cheers to staying as green as a Christmas tree by choosing sustainable transportation this season!


Heading Home for Thanksgiving? Share the Ride & Win


zimsigivingThis Thanksgiving holiday is looking to be the busiest for travelers since 2007. With only a few days left, consider getting to your turkey feast by using Zimride to share backlight in traffic jamthe ride with fellow Bruins. You can post your own ride or join someone else's. As along as you carpool, you'll be saving money and alleviating some of the stress of holiday traffic.

Plus, by posting a ride on Zimride, you'll be automatically entered into their Thanks4giving Me a Ride Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card or one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards. For official contest rules, click here.

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.

The sweepstakes runs from now through November 30. Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!


The Best Way to Get to the Airport This Holiday Season

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

It's the most wonderful time of the year — to use transit to arrive at your holiday destination! By taking public transportation to and from the airport, travelers don't have to worry about paying daily parking fees or driving in traffic. You can also help lessen traffic congestion and air pollution.

Reducing your transportation footprint is easier than ever with a new initiative from the LAX FlyAway bus provided by the Los Angeles World Airports. In addition to the FlyAway service, there are number of public transit authorities serving LA’s main hub for domestic and international flights.

The FlyAway non-stop bus service, which provides direct transportation between Westwood and each LAX terminal, now accepts TAP cards with sufficient stored value as a payment option. Plus, Bruins who use a TAP card at the Westwood bus stop (located on Kinross Avenue near Parking Structure 32) will pay only $8, a discount from the route’s regular price of $10 for a one-way fare.

Those with EZ transit passes will pay an even greater reduced fare or ride for free depending on which zone you purchased. For a complete list of fares for TAP cards with EZ transit passes, click here. Otherwise, you can purchase a ticket on the bus or online using a debit or credit card.

There are also FlyAway routes in Hollywood, Long Beach, Union Station and Van Nuys.

Another local shared passenger-transport service to help you keep it green while traveling during the holiday season is the Culver CityBus Rapid 6 — and it only costs 50 cents for UCLA students and employees (free with a BruinGO! Flash Pass).

The Rapid 6 (Sepulveda Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit) travels along the Sepulveda corridor from Westwood and UCLA to the Metro Green Line Aviation Station. Rapid 6 operates during weekday morning and evening peak hours every 15 minutes. This line has limited stops at major intersections along the route and has bus signal priority at intersections within the city to achieve travel time savings.

Other transit agencies serving LAX are Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Torrance Transit. Travelers can also use the Metro rail Green Line and door-to-door shuttle van services.

More Americans travel over Thanksgiving than any other holiday, and Christmas and New Year’s are the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Transportation is where most passengers have the biggest environmental impact, and using public transit is one of the best things you can do for the planet.

Additional responsible travel practices you can follow are:

  • For shorter trips take the train instead of flying
  • Choose a fuel-efficient rental car
  • Continue using public transportation to get around instead of taking a taxi
  • Better yet, rely on biking and walking to explore

Happy Trails, Bruins!


#GivingTuesday: Use Zipcar, Support Meals on Wheels


mealsonwheelsKick off #Giving Tuesday and the holiday season by giving back and
going green.

Starting today, every time you use Zipcar (whether it's to run an errand or as your commute home), you'll be helping Meals on Wheels America provide seniors zipcarwith warm, nutritious meals brought to them by a caring volunteer.

With about one in six seniors struggling with hunger nationwide, Zipcar will donate 1% of all complete reservations in the U.S. to Meals on
Wheels America through Friday, December 9, 2016.

Feel good about zipping. Feel even better about giving seniors nutritious, home-delivered meals—and perhaps a much-needed human connection.


How to Get Home For the Holidays


Heading home for holidays? UCLA Transportation has made it easy for you, the environment and your wallet. Whether you're hopping on a plane or planning to take the train, there's several convenient and discounted services for you to choose from. Here's the gist:

    1. FlyAway:  The Westwood FlyAway offers hourly, direct service to and from LAX for only $10 one-way. the FlyAway features free Wi-Fi service, curbside drop-off atAmtrak14CoastStarlightMtShastaCA each terminal and long-term parking at UCLA Parking Structure 32, which is where the shuttle picks you up. We recommend purchasing tickets in person on the
      shuttle. Drivers accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express debit or credit cards only.
    2. Amtrak: If you're planning on taking the train to and from UCLA (students get 20%
      Amtrak fares), hop on the Amtrak Thruway to get to the Van Nuys or Bakersfield stations. This dedicated bus connection to San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains is a short walk from UCLA residence halls. Just bring your pre-purchased Amtrak eTicket and board the bus at 592 Gayley Avenue at Strathmore Place.zimride-logo
    3. Zimride: Use this online ridesharing system to find other Bruins who live in or near your hometown. Bruins who are looking for a carpool buddy will post rides to share
      with the UCLA community. Save time when you carpool (think HOV lanes!) and money (gas!). You may even make a new friend.