Learn About Metrolink


Metrolink is Southern California's regional passenger rail system operating in six counties across the region. Metrolink serves the campus with two local stations in Downtown Riverside and at the Riverside Hunter Park station.

The Downtown Riverside Station operates three rail lines and has a direct connection to campus via RTA Route 1 to UCR at Bannockburn. The Riverside Hunter Park Station services one rail line and does not provide a direct bus route to campus.

For a limited time, Metrolink is offering a free Student Adventure Pass for all students with a valid student ID.  Just download the Metrolink mobile app and register for an account using your UCR email address.  A verification link will be emailed to confirm your registration.  Once done, your new pass will show up in your mobile wallet.

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 R'Commute (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 Blue 10-pack parking permit each quarter.   Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are prorated. 10-pack permits roll-over each quarter, however they expire at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th.

Learn more about the Program Rules & Eligibility.

Take the worry out of ridesharing.  Faculty or staff enrolled in the Transit Program are eligible to participate in the Regional Guaranteed Ride Home Program offered through IE Commuter.  The program reimburses you for up to two emergency rides per year when using Lyft, Taxi, or Uber to get home in an emergency.   The program is intended for personal and family emergencies or unscheduled overtime at the request of your supervisor. It is not available for rides to work, scheduled appointments or planned overtime.

For complete program rules go to IE511.org

To arrange for an Emergency Ride Home:

  • Arrange your own ride home via Lyft, Uber, Taxi, or other such ride-hailing services.
  • Save receipt(s).  A 15% tip is allowed for reimbursement.
  • Complete IE Commuter’s required Reimbursement Claim Form and scan/email to TAPS at alttransportation@ucr.edu to verify and provide the employer representative signature.
  • TAPS will return to you the signed form along with a blank W9 which is required from IE Commuter to cut a check.
  • Complete the W9 and submit along with the signed Reimbursement Claim Form directly to IE Commuter for reimbursement.  You will be provided their address, email and phone number.
  • You are allowed up to two emergency rides each fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

For further details, call Transportation Services at (951) 827-8277.