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Commuting Alternatives: More Options, Better Access

Transportation Services provides faculty, staff, and students. cost-efficient, eco-friendly alternatives to driving. Each program offers unique incentives.

Transportation Alternatives cycling shuttles Transit carpools vanpools

News & events

Check Parking and Commuter Alerts for updates.

Gilman Transit Center Becomes Operational

The new transit center serves the campus community with an enhanced network of buses. Learn more.

NEW Rapid 237 Route

MTS Rapid 237 service begins Monday, October 13, and will operate weekdays, during rush hour periods from 5:30–10:30 a.m. and from 2‒7 p.m. Rapid FAQ

Zipcar Expands Student Services

Students 18+ can now use any car in Zipcar’s global network, not just cars on campus. Join Zipcar.

Bus Zone Stickers and Pilot Compass Cards

  • Students:
    • The hexagonal gold stickers with 7/31/2014 expiration date must be replaced with new round blue and gold stickers, valid through 10/15/2014. Note: Secure stickers will become VOID if peeled, removed, or repositioned.
    • With student approval of a transit fee referendum last May, a regional transit UPass will be implemented during Fall Quarter 2014.
  • Faculty and Staff: The pilot MTS Compass Card for Bus Zone test program will be extended through summer 2014. Cards will update automatically; no office visit is required. (Cards valid during active employment status only.)
  • Affiliates: Current affiliates who are not faculty or staff are eligible for a new Bus Zone sticker.
  • Stickers and pilot Compass Cards are available at the campus parking office. Hillcrest employees may obtain a pilot Compass Card at the Bachman parking office. UC San Diego photo ID card required.

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Carpool Club
Two or more commuters can register their carpool and receive incentives.

Zimride Ride-Matching Network
Faculty, staff, and students 18 and older with single sign-on access can form carpools and vanpools or find one-time rides using Zimride, UCSD’s free, online ride-matching service.

Zipcar Car-Sharing
If you bike, hike, carpool, or take public transportation to UCSD, you can join Zipcar to use campus Zipcars for short personal or business-related trips.


Pedal Club
Commuters who regularly cycle to campus or medical centers can join to receive incentives.

Triton Bikes Program
Reserve a free, refurbished bike for yourself or your department to get around campus.

Resources for Bicyclists
Safety information, rules, regulations, maps, and more


UCSD bus zone and public transit
Several regional transit routes serve UCSD.

Transit/ Coaster Club
Reduced-fare passes and other incentives are available to commuters who take public transportation to UCSD


Vanpool Club
UCSD faculty, staff, and students are eligible to join campus or medical center vanpools at a subsidized rate.

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Tell us how we're doing. If you have ideas for improving Transportation Services, please e-mail them to TellTPS@ucsd.edu.