A train is coming to UCLA, but not until 2027 when the Purple Line Extension reaches Westwood. In the meantime, you can ride the Expo Line that runs from Downtown LA to Santa Monica along Exposition Blvd., allowing you to avoid the congestion of the 10 and enjoy the convenience of rail.
If you don't live near the Expo Line, you can transfer for free from the Red or Purple Lines at 7th St./Metro Center or from the Blue Line at Pico. Just make sure your TAP card is loaded with the proper fare, or better yet get our subsidized Go Metro transit pass for unlimited rides on Metro rail and bus lines!
The closest Expo Line stations to campus are about 3 miles away, making it easy to connect with one of the many bus lines that stop at UCLA:
- Westwood/Rancho Park Station: Board a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus using the Rapid 12 or Route 8 bus lines.
- Expo/Sepulveda Station: Board the Rapid 6 Culver CityBus or Metro 234/734.
If you have a Go Metro pass, your bus ride is already covered as it includes a free BruinGO! Flash Pass which gives you unlimited rides on both the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus. Eligible students and employees can also get a free quarterly Go Metro pass with our Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit!
If you're only taking the train occasionally and don't need a pass, you can still ride Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus at a discount with the UCLA Co-Pay.
If you prefer a more active commute, consider taking your bike on the train and riding the rest of the way to campus. Wyatt Jackson from the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center does just that from Downtown every day. Watch him tell you why he loves his commute and how it's changed his life!
Photo Credit: Abel Alejandre