University of California, Riverside

Transportation & Parking Services

Public Transit Program

Public Transportation

Public transit saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.  If an individual switches a 20-mile round-trip commute to public transit, his or her annual CO2 emissions will decrease by 4,800 pounds per year, equal to a 10 percent reduction in a two-car household's carbon footprint. And, an individual can achieve an average annual savings of more than $10,000 by taking public transit instead of driving and by living with one less car.

The UCR campus is served by both bus and rail from the neighboring counties of San Bernadino, Los Angeles, and Orange.

To find a public transit route best suited for your trip to campus, go to Google Maps and plan your trip using public transportation.  The Google Maps Transit Trip Planner provides the full route, calculates mileage, estimates travel time, and dollars saved by leaving the car at home.

RTA UPASS PROGRAM (Riverside Transit Agency)

UCR is pleased to have partnered with RTA  in providing all students, faculty and staff who have a UCR Card access to public transportaton.  Several RTA routes directly service the UCR community and many Western Riverside County neighboring communities. Simply swipe your UCR Card in the fare box when boarding any RTA fixed-route in Riverside County and you'll ride for free.     


Metrolink is a regional rail system linking communities to employment and activity centers. Metrolink provides reliable transportation and mobility for the region leading toward more livable communities. Metrolink Service is provided on five regional lines: Ventura County, Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange County.  From the downtown Riverside Station, RTA provides Commuter Link service to the UCR campus with buses departing every 30 minutes.

Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students who make their daily commute to and from the UC Riverside campus using public transit are eligible to participate in the Public Transit Program.  Registered participants cannot hold a daytime commuter parking permit.

You must enroll in the Alternative Transportation Program to receive incentives. Eligibility of incentives is subject to verification using University electronic records.

Complimentary Parking Privileges

Registered Public Transit participants are eligible to receive a complimentary parking allotment for days they cannot commute using public transportation.  Program participants are provided a prorated permit allotment, based on 4 permits per month.  Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are issued on a quarterly basis.  Parking allotments are easily accessible on the Web through the A/T Daily Web Permit application.

In lieu of receiving complimentary daily permits, participants may choose a Night parking permit as their complimentary parking incentive. Night permits are only valid after 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.


More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Transportation & Parking Services
683 Linden Street
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tel: (951) 827-8277
Fax: (951) 827-2178