USC Transportation uses multiple strategies to meet campus transportation needs without further compromising our city’s air quality. While we continually seek new ways of minimizing our environmental impact, the following methods are currently employed by USC Transportation:
All USC shuttles and buses run on alternative fuels. USC 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. Biodiesel reduces toxin compounds by 75-85%, while the use of propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 18%. The shuttle schedule can be found here.
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 than regular gasoline vehicles.
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.
The university offers B20 Biodiesel fuel at the fuel station located by the Parking Center. B20 Biodiesel is not a fossil fuel, so its use reduces the greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by normal vehicle use.
Zimride is an online social network that helps students find friends, classmates, and co-workers who are interested in carpooling.
The Exposition Light Rail Transit Line (Expo Line) travels between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica with multiple stations at USC’s University Park Campus.
Bicycling to USC is easy. Bike lanes lead to the UPC campus from the North on Hoover and McClintock, from the South-West on Exposition, and soon from the East on Jefferson and Figueroa. You can also bring your bike on the Metro Expo train or on the front racks of Metro buses. When on campus, ride on designated bike lanes. Go slowly and be considerate of pedestrians, who have the right of way.