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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 transportation@ts.ucla.edu or (310) 794-7433.

 

Metro Service Changes Start June 25

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OrangeLineMetroBeginning this Sunday, June 25, Metro is making several changes to its bus service in order to improve efficiency.

The Orange Line (between North Hollywood and Reseda Station) and Silver Line (between El Monte and Harbor Gateway) will now operate 24 hours a day.

Six additional high-occupancy bus routes will operate at 15-minute frequencies during peak hours:

  • 105 - West Hollywood-Vernon via La Cienega Blvd. - Vernon Ave.
  • 110 - Playa Vista-Bell Gardens via Jefferson Blvd. - Gage Ave.
  • 234 - Sylmar-Sherman Oaks-West Los Angeles via Sepulveda Blvd.
  • 705 - West Hollywood-Vernon via La Cienega Blvd. - Vernon Ave.
  • 710 - Wilshire Center-South Bay Galleria via Crenshaw Blvd.
  • 750 - Warner Center-Universal Studios via Ventura Blvd.

For a complete list of changes, click here. The new timetable can be found here.

 

Free Wi-Fi Coming to 150 LA Metro Buses

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Commuters will soon be able to surf the internet at no charge as they cruise around Los Angeles. As part of a new pilot program, 150 Metro buses will be outfitted with free wireless capability in the coming weeks. Talk about connection in motion.

The buses with WiFi will be randomly assigned to various routes throughout the Metro system. Buses with wireless service will be marked with green decals to show riders they can connect to the internet once they embark.

Onboard wireless service will save passengers data and offer a potentially better internet connection than their cell Bus Journeyservice provider.

Metro customers can access the WiFi after boarding the bus by connecting to the network “Free Metro WiFi.” The service is free to all travelers and there is no limit on time usage.

The WiFi will have a speed equivalent to 4G LTE, which is good for basic web surfing but won’t allow large downloads like movies.

Free Metro WiFi sends users to a landing page with a trio of features:

  • A map with improved real-time arrival times and service alerts
  • A chat function that lets users contact Metro Customer Relations staff with any questions about Metro service
  • A red button that allows users to alert Metro security 24/7

Another 150 buses will be outfitted with WiFi later this year. All new buses added to the 2,200 Metro vehicle fleet will be wired for WiFi connectivity. Within the next few years the entire bus network will offer internet access.

WiFi availability on transit keeps passengers connected with an enhanced experience. They can read and reply to emails, catch up on news, check social media networks and do more on-the-go browsing, all at no cost. The technology helps modernize the commute mode, creating an attractive alternative to driving, in addition to public transportation’s other benefits.

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Image courtesy of Metro

 

Buy Go Metro, Get a Free Flash Pass!

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BruinTAP_BlogWe're giving away free BruinGO! Flash Passes to any UCLA student, staff or faculty member who purchases a Go Metro pass for fall quarter!

BruinTAP for Transit passes are on sale now through October 20, 2017.

Purchase your Go Metro pass online here, and both your Metro and free BruinGO! pass will be automatically loaded onto your TAP card within four business days.

Fall quarter passes are valid from Monday, September 18, 2017, to Sunday, December 24, 2017.

With Go Metro and BruinGO!, you'll be able to ride on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, and Metro bus or rail line.

 

We’re Offering Free Transit Passes!

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TIP_700x240In honor of transit week during our Rideshare Month celebration, we're offering free BruinGO! Flash Passes or Go Metro passes to eligible UCLA employees through our Transit Incentive Program (TIP).

Choose to join either Try Transit or Permit Buy Back for some awesome perks and savings.

BruinGO! Flash Passes provide unlimited rides on any Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus. With your Go Metro pass, you can ride on any Metro bus or rail line, including the new Expo Line to UCLA.

Plus, you may be eligible to join the Bruin Commuter Club (BCC), which offers benefits such as unlimited discounted daily parking and four hours of Zipcar rentals every month.

For more information about TIP and to register for your free pass, click here.