UCLA Transportation recently received a Metro Rideshare Diamond Award for Outstanding Overall Rideshare Program at the downtown Los Angeles Union Station after 30 years of implementing continuous innovative commuting solutions. The Metro Rideshare Diamond Awards are now in its 16th year and is co-sponsored by three counties: Los Angeles Metropolitan (METRO), Ventura County Transportation Authority and Orange County Transportation Authority.

In 1984, during the Summer Olympic Games all the world focused on which athletes would be the next rising star to take the gold, while UCLA also took that golden opportunity to recognize and resolve the ever growing traffic congestion problems in the city of Los Angeles, thus giving birth to what is known today as the UCLA alternative transportation programs. It has been 30 years and the transportation commuting alternatives have increased in resources, attracted record numbers of participants on campus, and earned this prestigious award from Metro. It is only fitting that this year’s award was presented to UCLA at the historical hub of public transportation in Los Angeles, aka Union Station, as they celebrate its 75th anniversary.