- August 22 2017
- Eddie Munguia
Tired of waiting for your bus or wondering if you missed it? Need to know if your train is delayed? If you’re a frequent transit rider, NextBus is definitely a must-have, especially when you’re on the go!
With NextBus, passengers can track real-time arrivals—including BruinBus movements—on their mobile devices via the NextBus app, a web-based service that gives transit riders access to the specific location of their bus or train and predicted arrival times.
NextBus also provides real-time information for Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Metro bus and rail lines. The app utilizes your location to determine what routes are in your area.
Simply download the NextBus app on any iOS or Android device. Once there, NextBus will allow you to check if your ride is on schedule or delayed because of traffic, weather conditions or construction. Yes, it’s that easy! You can even set alerts so that NextBus will notify you when your bus is near, or if there’s been a delay!
For customers without smartphones, real-time BruinBus data can be accessed by texting “nbus ucla” followed by a space and the two-digit stop number to 41411, or by calling (310) 954-0017 at any time and entering the stop number.
- August 01 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
Last week the Metro Board approved the purchase of 95 electric buses and set a goal of converting their entire fleet from natural gas to zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
This is huge. With 2,200 buses, Metro has the second largest bus fleet in the nation. Its vehicles operate day in and day out over the course of many hours. The challenge will be finding electric buses that can meet Metro's rigorous operational demands.
During the Board of Directors meetings last Thursday, Metro approved contracts to purchase 60 40-foot zero-emission buses from BYD (the same vendor as UCLA's electric BruinBuses) to be used on the Silver Line, and 35 60-foot electric buses for the Orange Line.
The Orange Line will be fully converted by 2020, and the Silver Line will be entirely green by 2021, if all goes according to plan.
For more information, read the report from Metro blog The Source.
- July 19 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
The number of Bruins taking public transit reached a high this past year.
More than 4,000 students and employees used the BruinGO! Flash Pass for the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus, an estimated 32% increase from last year, according to recent data. Go Metro riders similarly increased by nearly 32%.
The hike in ridership is part and parcel to the many programs and promotions UCLA Transportation has launched since last year. Among them include our "Buy Metro, Get a Free Flash Pass" offer and the Transit Incentive Program, which has now been re-imagined into the new Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit.
The Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit now provides free transit passes to any new student, new employee and anyone new to public transit at UCLA.
Taking transit can be the most convenient and cost-effective way to get around the Westwood area and to commute to campus, especially as Southern California continues to grow its transit network (think Purple Line Subway!). Along with the continued expansion of UCLA Transportation's public transit programs, we hope more people decide to try transit every year.
- July 12 2017
- Karen Lefkowitz
- It’s no sweat using alternative transportation to discover everything LA has to offer. Hot or not, you shouldn’t take a breezy attitude when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. Explore the city without hurting the environment. Here’s our carefree and car-free compendium of summer happenings that you can reach by bus, rail, biking or walking.
- Bases covered: Go Metro to Dodger Stadium by connecting with the Stadium Express at two convenient locations – Union Station or South Bay. Your Dodgers ticket is good for the fare! To plan the route that’s best for you, use Metro’s Trip Planner. Big Blue’s on a hot streak and you wouldn’t want to miss the action or that quintessential summer culinary delight known as the Dodger dog.
- Transit is so hot right now: Take the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus to one of the city’s favorite summer traditions, the ultra-popular free Twilight Concerts on the pier. The city is packed on concert nights so take transit to avoid traffic headaches. You can also use Santa Monica's easy public Bike Share to navigate the beach community. There are 500 bikes at over 80 stations city-wide. Weekly through August 17 from 7-10 p.m.
- A stroll through the village: Walk from campus to the Hammer Museum’s free summer program Rebel Rebel, featuring an eclectic line-up of female-fronted bands. Tour the galleries until 9 p.m., and catch live music in the courtyard. Thursdays in July starting at 7:30 p.m.
- Smooth operator: LACMA’s Friday Night Jazz Series features some of Southern California finest jazz musicians. Metro’s 20 and 720 lines on Wilshire and the 217, 218 and 780 on Fairfax all stop within half a block of the museum. Bicycle racks are located on Wilshire near the intersection of Spaulding, and just inside the 6th Street gate. Weekly through November starting at 6:00 p.m.
- Where summer plays: The Hollywood Bowl Park & Ride allows you to park in your neighborhood and ride directly to the tinseltown amphitheater to hear performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other acts.
- Get your summer on downtown:
- Dance under the stars at the Music Center’s Dance DTLA, every other Friday through September 1 from 7-11 p.m. Go Metro and save 20% on tickets to Dance DTLA! Take the Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. You can also use the DASH system.
- The Broad Museum’s Summer Happenings is a late-night mash up of art, music, dance and spoken word on various dates through Sept. 23 starting at 8:30 p.m. The closest Metro station is the Civic Center/Grand Park Station (Purple or Red Line) located at First and Hill Streets. The museum is just a 0.4 mile walk from the station. Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus also offers weekday and weekend service to The Broad.
- Beats from live music set the mood for Natural History Museum of L.A. County’s Summer Nights in the Garden. Sip a garden-infused cocktail, check out various science and nature experiences, and brighten your life with nature-inspired take-home activities in the museum’s enchanting Nature Gardens. There are Expo Line stops on both sides of NHMLA: Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont. Two Dash bus lines have stops directly across the street from the museum: the Dash F and the Dash Southeast.
- Anchors away: Go Metro to the Long Beach water taxis and use Metro Rapid 704 or Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Echo Park or Metro Bus 92 to Glendale/Santa Ynez to visit Echo Park Lake and rent pedal boats to see lotus blooms, as well as a picturesque view of the downtown skyline.
- Out of the studios and into communities: KCRW’s Summer Nights series of outdoor shows features live band performances and DJ sets, and spans from Chinatown to right here in Westwood. Various dates, locations and times through September 23. For the Chinatown event, the local Metro stop is the Chinatown Gold Line Station (at Spring & College). Union Station is only a short walk away. Several bus lines serve the area as well, including DASH.
- Peak performances: Sunset Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center showcase eclectic music, singing and dancing in a stunning, one-of-a-kind hillside setting. Arrive early to dine, shop and view the exhibitions. Take the Metro Rapid 734 or Metro Local 234. Concerts held on various dates from 5:30 - 10 p.m.
- Cinema under the stars: Share the ride with your fellow film aficionados to the various outdoor movie screenings around the city hosted by Eat|See|Hear, Cinespia, Street Food Cinema and others. For a complete listing, click here.
Ready for something even cooler? Not only do we already offer discounted quarterly transit passes, just in time for all these seasonal activities, we’ve launched a new transit benefit program that provides free transit passes for commuters who haven’t tried transit before! Hop aboard before the summer fun ends!
- July 06 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
Interested in trying transit for free? With our new Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit, all new students, new employees and anyone new to transit can ride all quarter for free!
Eligible participants can receive a free Go Metro pass and/or BruinGO! Flash Pass. Those who live in areas near Metro stations and stops may qualify for both passes. That means those Bruins will be able to ride on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus and Metro rail or bus line all quarter—on us!
In order to get your free pass, you must not have held a UCLA-subsidized transit pass or joined any other transit promotion within the last two years. Current UCLA vanpoolers only qualify for a free BruinGO! Flash Pass.
For more information about this new program, or to register for your free transit pass, click here.