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The Best Way to Get to the Airport This Holiday Season

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

It's the most wonderful time of the year — to use transit to arrive at your holiday destination! By taking public transportation to and from the airport, travelers don't have to worry about paying daily parking fees or driving in traffic. You can also help lessen traffic congestion and air pollution.

Reducing your transportation footprint is easier than ever with a new initiative from the LAX FlyAway bus provided by the Los Angeles World Airports. In addition to the FlyAway service, there are number of public transit authorities serving LA’s main hub for domestic and international flights.

The FlyAway non-stop bus service, which provides direct transportation between Westwood and each LAX terminal, now accepts TAP cards with sufficient stored value as a payment option. Plus, Bruins who use a TAP card at the Westwood bus stop (located on Kinross Avenue near Parking Structure 32) will pay only $8, a discount from the route’s regular price of $10 for a one-way fare.

Those with EZ transit passes will pay an even greater reduced fare or ride for free depending on which zone you purchased. For a complete list of fares for TAP cards with EZ transit passes, click here. Otherwise, you can purchase a ticket on the bus or online using a debit or credit card.

There are also FlyAway routes in Hollywood, Long Beach, Union Station and Van Nuys.

Another local shared passenger-transport service to help you keep it green while traveling during the holiday season is the Culver CityBus Rapid 6 — and it only costs 50 cents for UCLA students and employees (free with a BruinGO! Flash Pass).

The Rapid 6 (Sepulveda Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit) travels along the Sepulveda corridor from Westwood and UCLA to the Metro Green Line Aviation Station. Rapid 6 operates during weekday morning and evening peak hours every 15 minutes. This line has limited stops at major intersections along the route and has bus signal priority at intersections within the city to achieve travel time savings.

Other transit agencies serving LAX are Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Torrance Transit. Travelers can also use the Metro rail Green Line and door-to-door shuttle van services.

More Americans travel over Thanksgiving than any other holiday, and Christmas and New Year’s are the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Transportation is where most passengers have the biggest environmental impact, and using public transit is one of the best things you can do for the planet.

Additional responsible travel practices you can follow are:

  • For shorter trips take the train instead of flying
  • Choose a fuel-efficient rental car
  • Continue using public transportation to get around instead of taking a taxi
  • Better yet, rely on biking and walking to explore

Happy Trails, Bruins!


This Spring Break, Take a $213 Cross-Country Amtrak Ride


amtrakpicSpring Break is just around the corner. If you've ever wanted to travel across country but didn't have the funds to do it, we've got a solution for you.

This Amtrak train will take you to some of the most beautiful cities in America like Salt Lake City, Denver and Chicago—and it only costs $213.

To make it even easier, travel blogger Derek Low mapped out the route to take so you can travel to various cities between San Francisco and New York. You can ride either the California Zephyr or the Lake Shore Limited.There’s even an extended trip package, giving you 15 extra days to explore the country and sight-see for an additional $216.

We know what you’re thinking, “I’m a student. This is still too expensive.” Amtrak hears you. UCLA students are eligible for a 15% discount on Flexible and Value cross-country rail fares year-round.

Not looking to go so far? Amtrak’s Throughway Service offers UCLA students a 20% discount on in-state travel. A short bus ride will take you from 592 Gayley Avenue at Strathmore Place to the Van Nuys and Bakersfield stations. From these locations the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains can take you as far north as Sacramento and anywhere in between.

For more information about student discounts, click here.

Here’s How to Get Home This Summer

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Surfliner - Del Mar-2_blogSchool is ending, commencement is right around the corner, and summer is kicking off soon. Do you know how you're getting home?

Some of you already know that UCLA students get 20% off California Amtrak fares. But what if you live out of state?

Well Amtrak recently rolled out its new 15% Student Discount program. If
you're a UCLA student, ages 17-25, save 15% on Value and Flexible rail
fares on travel year-round beyond California to destinations throughout the country. No blackout dates.

The Pacific Surfliner travels the coast to places like Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.Click on this lick to make a reservation and to read all terms and conditions. Tickets must be reserved three days before travel. A valid UCLA student ID must be presented as proof of discount eligibility.

Ride Amtrak, and see where the train can take you!

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How to Get Home For the Holidays


Heading home for holidays? UCLA Transportation has made it easy for you, the environment and your wallet. Whether you're hopping on a plane or planning to take the train, there's several convenient and discounted services for you to choose from. Here's the gist:

    1. FlyAway:  The Westwood FlyAway offers hourly, direct service to and from LAX for only $10 one-way. the FlyAway features free Wi-Fi service, curbside drop-off atAmtrak14CoastStarlightMtShastaCA each terminal and long-term parking at UCLA Parking Structure 32, which is where the shuttle picks you up. We recommend purchasing tickets in person on the
      shuttle. Drivers accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express debit or credit cards only.
    2. Amtrak: If you're planning on taking the train to and from UCLA (students get 20%
      Amtrak fares), hop on the Amtrak Thruway to get to the Van Nuys or Bakersfield stations. This dedicated bus connection to San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains is a short walk from UCLA residence halls. Just bring your pre-purchased Amtrak eTicket and board the bus at 592 Gayley Avenue at Strathmore Place.zimride-logo
    3. Zimride: Use this online ridesharing system to find other Bruins who live in or near your hometown. Bruins who are looking for a carpool buddy will post rides to share
      with the UCLA community. Save time when you carpool (think HOV lanes!) and money (gas!). You may even make a new friend.