- 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 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.
- June 29 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
With 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 794-7433.
- June 21 2017
- Kimberly Cheng
Beginning 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.
- June 20 2017
- Karen Lefkowitz
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 service 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.
Image courtesy of Metro