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Rideshare week is almost here! Join the fun now until Oct. 22

UCLA Celebrates Rideshare Week 2014
UCLA Celebrates Rideshare Week 2014

UCLA Celebrates Rideshare Week - Thursday, October 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Bruin Plaza

Are you tired of traffic congestion, stressed by aggressive drivers and exasperated by the cost of gas? If so, have you ever thought about ridesharing? Join UCLA Transportation in the celebration of the Rideshare Week 2014 events.

The California Rideshare Week 2014 is Oct. 6-10 and is an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of sharing a ride to work! Ridesharing helps commuters reduce trip costs and contributes to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. There are also health benefits associated with commuting by foot, bike or even transit. Carpooling and vanpooling allows commuters to enjoy the ride while traveling.

UCLA faculty, staff or students may share the ride and win prizes by participating in any of these activities:

Pledge To Share the Ride

Pledge with UCLA Transportation to commute to UCLA by public transit, carpool, vanpool, bike or foot now until Oct. 22. Those who pledge will have the opportunity to win gift cards, emergency kits, gift bags and many other prizes. Please click here to pledge to UCLA Transportation Rideshare Week.

Show Us Your Ride on Instagram

Submit a photo of your ride on Instagram by following @UCLACommute and using #UCLARideshare14 anytime now through Oct. 22 and you could win gift cards, emergency kits, gift bags and many other prizes.

Rideshare Week Fair

Come celebrate with Bruin Commuter Services on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bruin Plaza. The event will be filled with fun activities, prizes, free t-shirts and various ridesharing experts. Remember to sign in at the Transportation booth to receive a raffle ticket for special prizes such as Fitbit One, gift cards, emergency kits and gift bags.

Pledge with Metro

Pledge to share the ride on Metro’s Website now through Oct. 10 to win a variety of gift cards.

All pledges and Instagram entries must be received on or before Oct. 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. For UCLA pledge entries, 10 winners will be randomly selected. The top-three photos from the Instagram contest with the most “likes” as of Oct. 22 at 6:00 p.m. will be selected to win. All winners will be announced through our blog and Facebook page on Oct. 23, 2014. Click here to read the terms and conditions.

For the latest updates, join our Facebook event page: 2014 Rideshare Week!

Below is a list of our fabulous prizes:

1 Fitbit One or
A gift bag or
$20 gift card from Ralphs or...
$5 on your BruinCard

1st place: An emergency car kit
2nd place: $5 gift card
3rd place: $5 gift card

Thank you for joining us in our quest to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Public transportation: How to travel with your pet?


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In a big urban city like Los Angeles, traveling with your pet can be challenging, especially if you use public transportation. It’s estimated that nearly 40% of Los Angelenos are pet owners, and most of them think of their animal as a family member. For pet owners who use public transit, Metro allows domesticated animals on all buses and rail lines. The service is offered at no extra cost if you follow these requirements:

1-   Only small animals (usually dogs and cats) are allowed on buses and trains
2-   Your pet must be fully contained in a hard-sided pet carrier
3-   The carrier must fit on your lap or under your legs
4-   Lastly, your pet should be well-behaved and quiet so that it doesn’t disturb the other passengers

Note: Service animals do not follow the same sets of rules.

If you have any questions, contact your local transit authority as many transit agencies don’t openly advertise their transit pet policies.

5 tools every bus rider should be using


Thanks to recent technological advances, there are many new information tools that make public transportation easily accessible to all. Whether you are a regular rider, or just want to ride the bus for one day, these 5 tools can help you get on board!



NextBus provides you with real-time arrival information specific to your bus route.

How it works:

NextBus uses Global Position Satellite (GPS) technology, and advanced computer modeling to track the routes of buses and cars, taking into account the vehicle's actual position, intended stops, and typical traffic patterns. NextBus provides highly accurate bus arrival times. In addition, using your location, NextBus is able to determine and predict what routes are in your area and your arrival time. Once you have selected your criterion, the information is automatically displayed and updated every few seconds.

How to access it:

  • Internet
  • Smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices.
  • SMS Text
  • Phone call




Moovit is a mobile app (online website above) where users can plan trips, receive and share real-time public transportation information and easily navigate to their destination of choice.

How it works:

Information provided by Moovit is acquired through crowdsourcing. By riding with the app open, users anonymously share their public transit vehicle location and speed. This information is then combined with data gathered directly from transit agencies to provide users with better arrival times and route plans. You can also choose to actively contribute relevant status reports such as bus cleanliness, occupancy and any accidents that may cause a delay or change in routes.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet


Google Maps - Transit

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Google Maps - Transit allows you to maneuver your way around the city with the help of public transportation. With this easy to use system, you can get personalized directions to any destination on any web device.

How it works:

Once you've entered your destination, you will receive several options that include the public transit lines availability,  average duration of the trip, operating time and frequency. You can view your route on the interactive map by clicking "Preview steps," you can also switch to Satellite view to familiarize yourself with the area. After selecting "More options and times" from the main map view, the Schedule Explorer will display the overall travel time for your route, including the time walking, time on transit and the transit lines used.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet




Go511 is your one-stop source for bus, subway and train information in Southern California. Go511 can help improve your commute by keeping you informed even before you leave the house and while on the go as it is accessible through many channels.

How it works:

Information found in Go511 comes from a variety of traveler information sources such as; Caltrans and transit agencies from across its reporting area. The "Trip Planner" option allows you to find the best route for your trip, and the "Find a Transit Provider" tool allows you to find bus or train service near you. If you want information on a route, you can use of the "Transit Departure Times" option where you will find the next scheduled arrival times for your chosen bus line stop.

How to access it:

  • Smartphone app
  • Internet
  • Phone


Metro LA Alerts


Receive all of Metro, Los Angeles system alerts for bus and rail via twitter @metrolaalerts.  With Metro LA Alerts you'll be up-to-date with the most current reports on public transportation in your local area.

How it works:

Follow @metrolaalerts on twitter and receive transit updates on your feed.

How to access it:

  • Twitter app
  • Twitter website
  • SMS Texts

7 best views in LA accessible by foot


Summer is here! Take some time off your busy schedule and enjoy some of the best views Los Angeles has to offer. Here are 7 of our favorite spots:


1. 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 the perfect photo opportunity 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, you may take one of the hiking trails which originate near the Greek Theatre or Fern Dell, to reach the Observatory. During the weekends, LADOT offers a DASH Observatory Shuttle at low cost.

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


Runyon Canyon Park, Los Angeles, USA

2. Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon offers one of the best hiking trails in Los Angeles, as well as many breathtaking views of the city. Its spectacular scenery is composed of million-dollar mansions and amazing views of the Hollywood sign, the Sunset strip and the LA basin. Runyon Canyon is a great, dog friendly hang-out spot that also features many celebrity sightings. It makes for a great workout opportunity that is suitable for all levels of fitness. Don't miss the opportunity for a great outdoor adventure.

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



3. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

This recently restored area offers a magnificent view of the Los Angeles basin, the Pacific Ocean and its surrounding mountains. It does not only offer you a great scenic view but it also offers a state of the art visitor center. It is a great opportunity to enjoy and connect with nature as it houses many seasonal native wildflowers and allows for bird and wildlife viewing. 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



4. The Grove Parking Structure

If you find yourself in a shopping mood, then you may want to visit The Grove shopping mall. Not only will you find lots of good stores, but you can also get a great workout with all the walking you'll be doing! This shopping center houses one of LA's best unknown views, which can be found at the top of the parking structure adjacent to the Farmer's Market. Next time you visit The Grove, make sure to go to the 4th level of the parking structure where you can enjoy the great view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood area.

189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | (323) 900-8080 | Directions via transit from UCLA



5. 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. Besides its great scenic view, the park also offers several unique installments to visitors such as, 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



6. Wilacre Park

To get a great workout and an even better view of the San Fernando Valley, there is no better place than the Betty B. Dearing Trail located in Wilacre Park. The 3-mile loop on the Betty B. Dearing Trail passes through Fryman Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park and Franklin Canyon Park. To get the view from a higher location, you can venture off the trail and instead take the U-Vanu trail. Another alternative is to take the expanded loop option and hike up to the Tree People headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park along Mulholland Drive where you can get an even better panoramic view. Consider Wilacre Park if you are looking for an active, outdoors weekend and rejoice in its great scenic views.

3453 Fryman Road, Studio City, CA 91604 | (818) 766-8445 | Directions via transit from UCLA



7. Mount Hollywood

After your visit to the Griffith Observatory, and you find yourself still wanting more amazing sights, then you must hike up to Mount Hollywood. Just pick up 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 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







The Best Spots to see Fireworks accessible via Public Transit from UCLA


4th of July is almost here! And what a better way to partake in the festivities than to enjoy an amazing display of fireworks! Save yourself the stress of driving though holiday traffic and instead make use of public transit. Here are some of the best spots in town:


Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Park is housing the biggest rooftop fireworks display in downtown, and this year it is bigger and better than ever! Enjoy a day filled with music and food with all your friends and family at the 4th of July Block Party. The doors open at 1:00pm with two live stages performances at 4:00pm and its grand display of fireworks closing the show at 9:00pm. You are encouraged to bring your own picnic supplies and prepared food, however you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy the onsite food vendors. Make use of your valid TAP card and enjoy many discounts at selected nearby venues!

Address: 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Directions via public transit from UCLA

Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014 from 1:00pm-9:30pm. Fireworks show starts at 9:00pm

Cost: Free


Baldwin Hills Overlook, Culver City

If you are in search for the perfect seat to many of the fireworks displays for this 4th of July, then you want to head over to the Baldwin Hills Overlook. This place offers you a 360° view of every major fireworks show in LA. To get the best view, you will need to climb the stairs up to the top of the hill, find a cozy spot and get ready to enjoy the nighttime festivities. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs so that you may comfortably enjoy the show and the spectacular view from the top.

Address: 6300 Hetzler Rd. Culver City, CA 90232. Directions via Public transit from UCLA.

Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014. Fireworks usually start at around 9:00pm

Cost: Free


Marina Del Rey

If you are looking for some awesome seaside pyrotechnics, then you don’t want to miss the 2014 Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Show. As a spectator, you can catch the display of fireworks synchronized to music in one of the popular viewing locations at Burton Chace Park. You may also enjoy the show from another popular viewing location at Fisherman’s Village. This spectacular display of fireworks will be launched from a floating barge located in the waters of the main channel between Fisherman’s Village and the Breakwater. To make travel around the marina easier, the Marina del Rey WaterBus will be operating from 11:00am to midnight and the beach shuttle will be running from 10:00am to 8:00pm on July 4th. Plan your day accordingly and arrive early so that you may enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach and grab a good seat to watch the fireworks extravaganza.

Address: Burton Chance Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Directions via Public Transit from UCLA.

Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Directions via Public Transit from UCLA.

Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014 at 9:00pm

Cost: Free

Hansen Dam

Hansen Dam, Sylmar

Join hundreds of others at the annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration taking place at Hansen Dam. The 4th of July festivities will feature music, food, live entertainment and best of all, a magnificent display of fireworks! If you arrive early, you may also enjoy a nice swim in the community pool or swim lake, both available to the public during the day. Bring your picnic supplies and enjoy one of the best fireworks show in the San Fernando Valley.

Address: 11770 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342. Directions via Public Transit from UCLA.

Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014 from 10:00am-10:00pm. Fireworks will start at 8:30pm

Cost: Free


Warner Center Park, Woodland Hills

Join the 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at the Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, and enjoy a day full of activities for the whole family. The festival will feature many food vendors, a play zone, a free concert and an amazing fireworks presentation.  Concert times will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and the fireworks display to live music will begin at 9:08pm. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to share the day with your loved ones and enjoy in the festivities this 4th of July.

Address: 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Directions via Public Transit from UCLA.

Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014. Concert 6:00-8:00pm. Fireworks show will start at 9:08pm

Cost: Free


Rose Bowl, Pasadena

This year will mark the 88th annual Americafest, the 4th of July celebration at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This all day festival will feature motorcycle stunts and special performances by Liverpool Legends and the Ultimate Beatles Experience. Festivities will commence at 2:00pm in the outside Area H of the stadium where families are invited to picnic or tailgate in the grassy areas. Food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and children’s rides will be available, as well as tours of the Rose Bowl stadium running from 2:30pm to 6:30pm on the hour. The day celebrations will culminate with the highly acclaimed "largest fireworks show in Southern California." This ultimate fireworks display is presented by Pyrospectaculars by Souza, who are known for their grandiose work on major festivities all around the world.

Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103. Directions via Public Transit from UCLA

Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014. Festival will run from 2:00pm - 9:30pm. Motorcycle stunts and performances at 7:00pm, fireworks show at 9:00pm

Cost: General Admission: $16.85. Reserved/VIP: $33.35. Children under 5 are free.


Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood

A July 4th tradition returns to the Hollywood Bowl, which hosts its annual Independence Day concerts on July 2-4, 2014. This year’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular will feature Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a night filled with great music and entertainment as well as a sensational fireworks display. Make use of public transportation if you are planning on attending this event, to save money on parking and gas, and avoid the chaotic traffic.

Address: 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068. Directions via Public Transit from UCLA.

Time: Friday, July 4th, 2014 at 7:30pm

Cost: $11.10-$137.60. Children 12 and under will receive a 50% discount.