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Heading Home for Thanksgiving? Share the Ride & Win

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zimsigivingThis Thanksgiving holiday is looking to be the busiest for travelers since 2007. With only a few days left, consider getting to your turkey feast by using Zimride to share backlight in traffic jamthe ride with fellow Bruins. You can post your own ride or join someone else's. As along as you carpool, you'll be saving money and alleviating some of the stress of holiday traffic.

Plus, by posting a ride on Zimride, you'll be automatically entered into their Thanks4giving Me a Ride Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card or one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards. For official contest rules, click here.

All you have to do is create an account using your UCLA email or log into your existing account, and click the "Post a Ride" button to find a match with someone from UCLA going the same way.

The sweepstakes runs from now through November 30. Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!

 

Blaze New Trails With Zimride

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Zimride has partnered with the National Park Foundation this month to help people "Blaze New Trails" nationwide.

During the month of April, Zimride (a rideshare matching service) will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation's Active Trails Program for every new Zimride member or new carpool ride, up to $10,000. On top of that, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation will match Zimride's contributions dollar for dollar, which means the National Park Foundation could receive as much as $20,000!

Get involved this Earth Month and join Zimride or post a new ride for a good cause.

The Active Trails Program advocates healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing precious land and water trail resources. ZIM_NPF_H03504_11x17 FINAL

9 Questions to Ask a Potential Carpool Partner

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The application period for student parking permits opens this Friday, January 20. Instead of applying for a single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) permit, apply for a two- or three-person carpool permit and you'll be guaranteed parking!

That's right! If you apply for a carpool permit and meet all the eligibility requirements, you are guaranteed a parking permit! Plus, you'll save time and money on your commute.

Here's the breakdown: A Commute Student Permit costs $237 per quarter and a Residence Hall Permit is even more at $297 per quarter. With a two-person carpool, you'll pay $195 per quarter, divided by two people, and with a three-person carpool, you'll be splitting $117 three ways.

Start by using Zimride to search for existing carpools to join, or form you own!

To guide you in your search for the perfect carpool partner, here are the perfect questions to ask:

1. Who’s driving?

If you’re not an early riser, make sure to ask your potential carpool partner about their driving preferences. If both you and your partner(s) would like to drive, you may want to implement a rotation system where the responsibility can be shared.

2. Which route is the most convenient?

For some individuals, local streets are the way to go. Yet for others, the freeway may be the best option. Always make sure to find a happy medium because you never know if your partner(s) may know of a shortcut to work that can help you cut your commute time in half.

3. Where will the pick-up location be? What about drop-off?

For many, this question could be the deciding factor as to who may be your future carpooling partner. Carpools always work best when your pick-up zones are in close proximity. If for some reason your pick-up locations aren't nearby, consider meeting at a public spot like a grocery or department store parking lot. Just make sure there aren't any parking restrictions.

4. How long should the driver wait at a stop for passengers before leaving?

While it is important to note that sudden emergency situations are inevitable sometimes, as a carpool partner, it is just as important to be mindful of the fact that the schedule of your carpool partner cannot be altered according to your emergency. Make sure to always set a time limit that is comfortable for you and your partner in order to help dodge any future conflict.

5. What are the schedules of all carpoolers?

Do you and your carpool partners' schedule align with one another? How early do the both of you need to be on campus? These two questions could really make or break your decision.

If your days end at different times, always consider utilizing more than one transportation mode for your commute (i.e., carpooling to campus and taking public transit back home).

6. What kind of music do you prefer?

You may like to start off your mornings with some of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean your partner does. If music isn't the preference, you and your partner can also listen to news, podcasts, or even audio books. Come to some kind of agreement that will make your daily commute something to look forward to.

7. Is eating in the car okay? What about smoking? Will coffee drive-thru stops be scheduled?

Never automatically assume your carpool partner shares the same preferences as you do. Be mindful of the fact that this may not be your car, and even if it is, always remember to clarify what is and isn't allowed in each vehicle to avoid conflict.

8. How will the costs be calculated? Cash or Check?

Will payments be made on a per ride basis or a weekly or monthly basis? Is cash preferred? Will the cost of the parking permit and gas be split evenly? What about maintenance fees?Use the AAA guide to determine cost, and this process will be way easier than you anticipated.

9. What will happen during long vacations? What about sudden illnesses?

Make sure you have back-up plans in place in case the driver is unable to host the pool that day. If you have multiple carpool members, assign a backup driver. If not, keep a TAP card with some funds in hand for those days when you have to ride the bus to campus.

 

 

Share A Ride Home This Thanksgiving With Zimride

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zimsigivingOnly a few days left till Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate this holiday than by sharing a ride home from UCLA? Form or join a carpool on Zimride and be entered into their 2016 Zimsgiving Post a Ride Sweepstakes for some great prizes.

All you have to do is create an account using your UCLA email or log into your existing account, and click the "Post a Ride" button to find a match with someone from UCLA going the same way.

Post a new ride from now through November 30, and you will be automatically entered to win an Amazon Echo, $100 Amazon gift cards and $50 Amazon gift cards.

Where you need to gobble to, Zimride will help find you a ride.

Plan your winter holiday trip with these transportation options!

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AmtrakLooking for a lift to LAX, Amtrak station or even home for the winter holiday closure? UCLA Transportation has great options to get you on your way and take the stress out of planning your trip!

For those traveling to the Van Nuys or Bakersfield Amtrak stations to access Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin trains, respectively, take the Amtrak California Thruway dedicated bus connection, a short walk down the hill from the residence halls. UCLA students may receive a 20% discount off the best available rail fares. The bus departs from 592 Gayley Ave. at Strathmore Place. For more information, please click here.

Need to find a ride home? Check out Zimride, a carpool matching service. Register for free with your UCLA email, enter your travel information and Zimride will provide a list of potential UCLA carpool partners. Zimride is a great way to make new friends, save time and money! For more information on Zimride, please click here.

Culver CityBus Rapid 6 offers convenient affordable service between UCLA and the LAX Transit Center, where a free connecting shuttle will take you from the Transit Center to all airport terminals. UCLA students, staff and faculty can ride Culver CityBus for only 50 cents!

In addition, FlyAway provides frequent nonstop bus service connecting Westwood and LAX for $10 (credit or debit only). Campus pick-up location: Kinross Ave. between Gayley and Veteran (UCLA Parking Structure 32). Please note: UCLA Transportation recommends that you DO NOT purchase your FlyAway ticket online ahead of time as tickets are nonrefundable and do not guarantee you a seat. Additionally, FlyAway often experiences delays and overcrowding during peak travel periods. We suggest that you have a backup plan to FlyAway, such as using a rideshare service or grabbing a cab with fellow Bruins.