Alternative Transportation

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USC Auxiliary Services is re-inventing USC’s transportation system in order to help clean the air and improve the health of Los Angeles residents.  Efforts include:

  • Green Shuttles: All the shuttles and buses at USC run on alternative fuels. The University has 13 bio-diesel shuttles, 1 CNG bus and 11 propane buses. Biodiesel and propane are considered safer than gasoline because they are non-toxic. While biodiesel reduces toxin compounds by 75-85%, the use of propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 18%.
  • Campus Cruisers: USC purchases vehicles with a high green rating, including five hybrids, to provide escort services for students and staff.Hybrids produce 80% less greenhouse gases in comparison to regular gasoline vehicles.
  • Zipcar: Zipcar is a car-sharing service for students, faculty, and staff that offers hourly access to low-emission vehicles. USC has 28 fuel-efficient cars stationed throughout campus that help save students money and reduce the need for personal vehicles
  • Fuel Station: The university offers B20 Biodiesel fuel at the fuel station located by the Parking Center. B20 Biodiesel is not a fossil fuel and can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by normal vehicle use.
  • Transit Program: USC subsidizes 22,336 public transportation passes per year which can be used for any Metro, MetroLink, Dash, and LADOT transportation services. This is a good alternative for students, staff, and faculty who wish to use public transportation to travel to and from campus.
  • Carpool/Vanpool: There are 20 Vanpool programs that offer students, faculty, and staff a way to ride with other people to campus.  Carpoolers may access the carpool lane, save money on gas, parking, vehicle maintenance, while reducing yearly emissions.
  • Zimride:Zimride is an online social network that helps students find friends, classmates, and co-workers who are interested in carpooling.
  • Expo Light Rail Line: The Exposition Light Rail Transit Line (Expo Line) will travel between Downtown Los Angeles and Culver City with convenient access to USC’s University Park Campus.