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UCLA Rideshare Month 2017

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RideShare-2017_BlogTired of dealing with traffic or paying for parking? Join UCLA Transportation in celebrating UCLA Rideshare Month during October!

WHAT IS RIDESHARE

Rideshare is the shared use of transportation through public transit, carpool, vanpool, biking and walking.

PLEDGE TO SHARE THE RIDE

Pledge with UCLA Transportation to commute to UCLA by public transitcarpoolvanpoolbike, or foot from now until October 31. Those who pledge below will have the opportunity to win a Fitbit, Amtrak tickets, gift cards, Metro passes and more!

Click here to read the terms and conditions of both the pledge and prize drawings.

RIDESHARE WEEK CELEBRATION

Come celebrate with us at our Rideshare Month Fair on Monday, October 30, at Bruin Plaza from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participate in a variety of fun activities and prize drawings aimed at promoting sustainable transportation and a healthy lifestyle.

Wilshire Center and Medical Center employees can also join in on the fun by visiting us at one of our tables during Rideshare Week. Bring coworkers and learn more about alternative transportation, enter into prize drawings and receive free giveaways!

Please also join us for the monumental launch of Bruin Bike Share on Tuesday, October 3.

  • Monday, October 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center Dining Garden
  • Tuesday, October 3, Bruin Bike Share Launch, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Dickson Court North
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at Trimana Cafe in the Wilshire Center
  • Monday, October 30, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Bruin Plaza

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

Please Note: If you are pledging from a phone or tablet, please click here to complete the online form.

Metro Plans for All-Electric Fleet by 2030!

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OrangeLineMetroLast 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.

 

Transit Ridership is Up at UCLA!

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Transportation Services - Hybrid Bus shoot for BrochureThe 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. 

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Get a Free Quarterly Transit Pass!

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Blog 700x240Interested 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.

 

 

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.