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New to UCLA? Here Are Some Transit-Friendly Neighborhoods

"Los Angeles, USA - June 30, 2011: The Metro Gold Line train bound for Sierra Madre Villa station and east Los Angeles County departs the Chinatown Station."

UCLA Transit Map 2017With the Expo Line extension opening last year and the ongoing Purple Line extension project, taking transit to UCLA has been never easier.

Whether you're a new student or new employee looking to move closer to campus, we've created a map to show what areas around Westwood are most accessible to bus or rail stations. From the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB) to Culver City Bus (CCB) to several Metro bus and rail lines, there are many direct transit routes coming into campus every day. As an added bonus, we've also included the median rent prices for one-bedroom, one-bathroom units to further guide you.

Plus, UCLA Transportation subsidizes transit passes for six different agencies. The BruinGO! Flash Pass for BBB and CCB, for example, only costs $33 per quarter. And as a public transit rider, you'll be able to join the Bruin Commuter Club for even more benefits, like discounted daily parking for when you need to drive in and four hours of free Zipcar usage every month.

Need help planning your commute? Contact our Bruin Commuter Services team at or (310) 794-7433.


Top 7 Views in LA Accessible by Foot



Winters in Southern California are usually pretty perfect. The air is crisp and the skies are blue making it the perfect time of year for a nice, relaxing hike. So let your inner explorer run wild, and take some time off your busy winter quarter schedule to enjoy some of the best views Los Angeles has to offer. Here are seven of our favorite spots:

1. Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA

One thing's for sure: The deeper you go into the hills of LA, the better the view. That's why Runyon Canyon is at the top of our list. This landmark of a hiking trail is notorious for leaving all of its guests in complete awe. Runyon Canyon also has an off-leash dog park so you can bring all your furry friends on the journey!

2000 N Fuller Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 | (323) 666-5046 | Directions via transit from UCLA


2. Yamashiro Restaurant

Another one of our favorites is Yamashiro Restaurant, located in the vibrant community of Hollywood. Besides its breathtaking backdrop, this popular Los Angeles eatery is known for having one of the most stunning environments in the entire city. Equipped with a pagoda, numerous ponds, beautiful gardens, some spectacular dishes, and a marvelous sunset that stretches above the LA metro area to an infinite sky, this spot will soon become the topic of all your conversations. Try your best to get a seat at table 8it’s the best view in the house!

1999 N Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, CA, 90068 | (323) 466-5125 | Directions via transit from UCLA


3. Griffith Observatory


Located in the Hollywood Hills just above the Los Feliz neighborhood, this iconic Los Angeles structure offers you one of the best views in town. The observatory provides you with a perfect Instagram worthy view of the Hollywood sign, Downtown LA and, on a clear day, even the Pacific Ocean! Not only do you get to experience a magnificent view, but you also get a chance to visit one of the best museums Los Angeles has to offer, at no cost! If you're up for a good hike, journey down the trail that starts from the Greek Theatre or Fern Dell toward the Observatory. During the weekends, LADOT offers a DASH Observatory Shuttle at a low cost.

2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (213) 473-0800 | Directions via transit from UCLA


4. OUE Skyspace LA


If you’d like a 360 degree view of LA, this is most definitely the place for you. The all-new OUE Skyspace LA, California’s tallest open-air observation deck, is located nearly 1,000 feet above the city in the iconic U.S. Bank Tower. The observation terraces cover a complete 2,800 square feet of outdoor space and feature glass balustrades that showcase its spectacular view as far as possible. For the true and honest dare devils, OUE Skyspace LA is also equipped with a “sky slide,” a 45-foot outdoor slide that wraps around the exterior of the tower! Now that’s a view, am I right?

633 West Fifth Street, Suite 840, Los Angeles, CA 9007 | (213) 894- 9000 | Directions via transit from UCLA


5. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

This recently restored area offers a magnificent view of the Los Angeles basin, the Pacific Ocean and all of its surrounding mountains. Not only does it offer you an amazing scenic view, but it also offers a state-of-the-art visitor center. Baldwin Hills is a great opportunity to enjoy and connect with nature as it's overflowing with many seasonal native wildflowers. If you are looking for a good, fairly easy hike and a great workout, the park's main attraction is its steps, which will take only 20 minutes to climb to the top.

6300 Hetzler Rd., Culver City, CA 90232 | (310) 558-5547 | Directions via transit from UCLA


6. Mount Hollywood

If you still find yourself wanting more amazing sights after your visit to the Griffith Observatory, then a hike up to Mount Hollywood is a definite must. Just head toward the Charlie Turner trail north of the Observatory parking lot and soon you will find yourself with a 360° spectacular view. You will be dazzled by many sights including the famous Hollywood sign, the Los Angeles basin, the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Fernando Valley and the Observatory itself! If you venture up on a clear day you might even be able to catch a sight of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean. This relatively short and easy hike is definitely a must-do.

2800 E Observatory Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (323) 913-4688 | Directions via transit from UCLA


7. Barnsdall Art Park


Located at the crest of Olive Hill and overlooking the city of Los Angeles, Barnsdall Art Park offers you a grand and unique view of Hollywood. Just an easy hike up the hill and you will find yourself reveling in a great view of the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory. The park also offers several unique installments to visitors, including the Hollyhock house, the Los Angeles Municipal Art gallery and the Barnsdall Gallery theater. On certain days you can catch an outdoor screening of your favorite movie or participate in the many activities the park hosts, such as summer wine tastings, a farmer's market and several art classes. When you plan your visit, be sure to catch a view of the sunset from the top of the hill.

4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (323) 660-4254 | Directions via transit from UCLA



CicLAvia Event This Sunday, Oct. 16


commutergrouprideAnother car-free day is coming to the heart of LA this Sunday, October 16. CicLAvia will be cruising through East LA, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, DTLA and MacArthur Park.

And if you don't have a bike, Metro Bike Share is conveniently available for those who want to join in on the fun. Find a bike share station near you with this map. Buy a bike share pass before the event and load it on a TAP card, or use your credit card to check out a bike at a kiosk at a rate of $3.50 for 30 minutes.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, streets will open only for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters. For more information and to find a way to get there with Metro (expect street closures and delays if you are thinking of driving), click here.

ciclavia 2016 map

Where Does LA Rank in Walkable Cities?

Woman walking down the street.

Metro areas within the United States are either defined as central city/walkable urban or drivable suburban. Since the suburban sprawl of the 1950s, Americans have been leaving the central city or urban areas for the suburban ones. But according to a new study by the George Washington University School (GWU) of Business, where they ranked walkable urbanism in America's 30 largest metro areas, the end of sprawl is in sight and urban planning is now focusing on creating walkable development instead of drivable suburbs. Here's a closer look at the study defining walkability and finding out where Los Angeles ranked on the list.

What Makes a City Walkable?

A walkable urban development is comprised of four factors: higher development density, mixed-use real estate products, emerging "new" product types and multiple transportation options. The ratio of a building's gross floor area to the size of land which it's built on, or the FAR, is much higher in walkable areas with the ratio ranging between 1.0 and 4.0 compared to the 0.05 to 0.4 range in suburban areas. This means walkable areas make better use of space, building up rather than out and giving pedestrians the ability to cover more ground.

Walkable areas have mixed-use real estate where business and private homes co-mingle, unlike suburban areas where commercial and private properties are segregated. Think gated communities versus strip malls. While an urban area might have rental apartments over a grocery store, the suburbs don't promote "new" product types and everything is fairly standardized throughout the country. Lastly, while cars and trucks are the primary mode of transportation in the suburbs, walkable areas offer multiple options such as bus, train, metro, bicycle lanes and pedestrian-safe sidewalks.

Where Does Los Angeles Rank?

A good way behind the top six most walkable metro areas—New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco—the Los Angeles metro region ranked #17 overall. The study by GWU identified 619 regionally important walkable urban spaces, also known as "WalkUPS," with Los Angeles housing 53 of these neighborhoods. More walkable cities have development momentum and house the most educated and wealthy, which, according to MoveLA, makes LA an anomaly. It's mid-level overall ranking is a result of five additional counties in the region being evaluated with LA county and potentially skewing scores.

Could Los Angeles Be Ranked Higher in the Future?

There is a general shift happening toward more walkable urban areas as seen by forward-looking indicators that consider rent premiums, absorption of individuals

Southern California Leads the Nation in Air Pollution Deaths

Los Angeles Smog

Los Angeles SmogFor Southern California natives, air pollution has been an issue we face every day. Unfortunately, a recent study paints a picture of just how bad the smog really is.

Researchers have found that more than a thousand people are actually dying each year as a result of Southern California’s infamously bad air quality. Pollution levels constantly exceed what's considered safe by health professionals.

And Los Angeles is the city with the most fatal air pollution in the entire nation, with a total of 1,341 estimated annual deaths. Riverside comes in at second worst with 808 deaths.

Nationally, air pollution related deaths were estimated to be at around 9,320 per year, a number large enough to account for the annual amount of deaths caused by drunk driving.

In addition to these deaths, researchers also found that about 3,225 people in the LA area will be hospitalized due to heart, cardiac or acute respiratory related illnesses because of air pollution.airpollution

It is more clear than ever that changes need to be made. There has never been a more appropriate time to make some lifestyle changes. Given that the transportation sector is now the largest source of pollution in the U.S., we encourage every one to try some form of alternative transportation.

Did you know that walking for two miles a day can decrease your risk of heart disease by up to 40%? Or that people who switch their commute mode from driving to public transit lose approximately seven pounds in the first year?

UCLA Transportation makes it especially easy for all commuters to ditch the solo vehicle trips and opt for something a little more green. We provide free bikes to eligible employees, affordable $60 bike rentals for students, free quarterly transit passes, one free month of vanpool, discounted carpool parking permits, annual monetary incentives for walkers, and more.

Fix our air, fix your commute, fix your health, fix your peace of mind. Be conscious of the risks outlined in this new study. Above all, be a green commuter.