Public Transit at UCLA

UCLA Transportation subsidizes eligible UCLA students and employee transit pass costs for seven transit agencies Avoid traffic, relax, sleep, study or read while improving traffic congestion and promoting sustainability.     

Prospective participants must fall into one of the categories below to be eligible to purchase a subsidized transit product:  

  • Current UCLA student enrolled for the academic quarter  
  • Faculty or employee holding an appointment time of 43.75% or more time   

Members of a UCLA Vanpool or those who hold a UCLA carpool permit are not eligible to receive a subsidized transit pass. Visiting/graduate scholars and researchers will need to contact customer service at [email protected] to verify eligibility.

Transit Benefit    

Bruintap for transitThe BruinGO! transit program allows UCLA students and employees to travel on any bus operated by Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB) or Culver CityBus (CCB) at a subsidized rate. Similarly, the Go Metro transit pass allows unlimited rides on all Metro buses and rail lines for a discounted rate. 

With BruinTap for Transit, UCLA employees and students commuting the Los Angeles can now purchase both a Go Metro and/or a BruinGO! Pass on a TAP card! Occasional riders on BBB and CCB not needing a pass can still ride at a discount with the UCLA Co-Pay product.  

If you have not received a subsidized transit pass before, you may qualify for one free quarterly pass for Go Metro and/or BruinGO! Through the Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit Program. For eligibility information and to sign up, please click here.  

Long Beach Transit

The UCLA/Westwood Commuter Express Powered by Long Beach Transit offers three commuter buses in the morning and three in the evening Monday through Friday.  

For a limited time, buy your first 30-day pass and get a second 30-day pass free as a special introductory offer!

Learn more about the stops, schedules, and how to purchase fares. 


LADOT Commuter Bus

Eligible UCLA students and employees can purchase a monthly or quarterly pass for Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Commuter Express buses at a discounted rate. There are currently three direct routes to UCLA: 

  • Line 431: Westwood to/from Downtown LA 
  • Line 534: Westwood to/from Downtown LA/Union Station 
  • Line 573: Westwood to/from Encino  

Learn more about the stops, schedules, and how to purchase fares. 

SCT Commuter Bus

Take advantage of convenient routes and schedules on SCT Commuter Express buses (Route 797/ 792), offering direct service between several Santa Clarita Valley communities and UCLA/Westwood.  

Learn more about the stops, schedules, and how to purchase fares. 

 

 

Antelope Valley Transit Bus

Enjoy direct service between Lancaster/Palmdale and UCLA with monthly passes for the AVTA Commuter Express bus (Route 786) at a subsidized rate.  

Learn more about the stops, schedules, and how to purchase fares. 


TAP ServiceThe EZ transit pass is the easy choice for convenience and savings if you regularly ride on two or more transit agencies like LADOT Commuter Express and Metro bus.
 

UCLA Transportation subsidizes monthly passes for Zone 0 and Zone 1. The monthly pass is good for local travel on 24 different public transit carriers throughout the Greater Los Angeles region.

 

 

UCLA customers can purchase or renew their transit passes online at the beginning of each academic quarter. Please note that due to new Federal guidelines regarding subsidized transit passes, all UCLA students and employees purchasing a Go Metro pass are required to take a short one-time survey prior to making their purchase. 

To purchase a transit pass online, please log onto the BruinTAP for Transit portal. You will need an established Bruin OnLine (BOL) account to access the portal. If you cannot access the online system or are having difficulties with your UCLA Logon account, please contact Bruin Online Customer Support at (310) 825-8000 or email [email protected]

After securely logging in, please follow these steps: 

  1. Choose the product 
  2. Select buy 
  3. Choose your payment method* 
  4. Click continue and then submit your order 

*Only UCLA staff and faculty with an appointment time of 43.75% or greater and with duration of nine months or more are eligible for payroll deduction. Payroll deduction authorization must be renewed each quarter. 

After your successful online purchase, you will receive a confirmation email. Keep this confirmation as a record of your payment. Please allow four business days for your TAP card to become activated. If you do not already have a TAP card, you may either select to have it mailed to your address or you may pick it up at the Transportation Lobby or Central Ticket Office (CTO).  

Transit Passes may also be purchased at CTO. For more information, please visit the CTO Website.

Most public transit providers operate in the same manner and their services are easy to use if you follow a few simple guidelines. 

  1. Make sure you know what bus line you'll be taking. It is quite possible for more than one bus line or service provider to arrive at the stop where you are waiting. Knowing the specific transit provider (e.g., MTA, Santa Monica, Culver City, LADOT) and the route name (e.g., Line 6 Sepulveda Blvd) is important. Be sure to note any special information regarding the route on the schedule, such as express or limited service. 
  2. Have enough cash on hand. Better yet, get a Transit Access Pass (TAP) online through the BruinTAP for Transit portal. Most buses require exact change and may require an additional charge when you transfer to another bus or use an express route. Knowing the entire cost of your trip ahead of time will make it much easier when you board the bus.  
  3. Hail the bus like you would hail a cab. Don’t assume that the driver will know you are waiting for their particular bus. Buses do not automatically stop at all posted locations. It is customary to signal the bus just as you would hail a cab. Once aboard, be sure to let the driver know you want to get off before you arrive at your destination. All buses have a cord or pressure strip you can activate to indicate you want to get off at the next posted stop. 
  4. Roll with it. All the preparation in the world can be affected by weather, traffic accidents and other delays. Arrive for your bus at least five minutes before the schedule indicates and be prepared with an alternate plan in case you or the bus is delayed or canceled. If your commute is particularly time sensitive, try riding an earlier bus.

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