Plenty of Public Transit
No car? No problem. The conscientious Trojan commuter has every opportunity and incentive to skip the single occupancy vehicle and use sustainable transportation.
The University Park Campus is located in the middle of LA’s richest alternative transportation eco-system. We are flanked on two sides (Exposition Boulevard and Flower Street) by LA Metro’s Expo Light Rail, and on all four sides (Exposition, Vermont and Jefferson boulevards, and Figueroa Street) by 11 LA Metro Transit Authority bus lines.
USC operates its own six bus routes around the University Park Campus and surrounding neighborhoods, the downtown LA area, Marina del Rey, and the Health Sciences Campus.
We Like Bikes
Traffic studies conducted in 2012 and 2014 revealed the University Park Campus as LA’s most dense bicycle hub. A dedicated bike lane runs the length of Figueroa Street, from Exposition Park to downtown. Another bike lane comes down Hoover Street and McClintock Avenue, while a third runs south-west on Exposition Boulevard. Coming soon, from the east, is a bike lane on Jefferson Boulevard. More than 3,000 bicycle parking spaces are provided on the University Park Campus and USC Village.
USC has fully embraced the city’s bicycle culture by welcoming LA Metro’s bikeshare program on campus. Current stations are located on Figueroa Street (south of the McCarthy Way Entrance) and Hoover Street (coming soon), with 15 others planned to open in the next two or three years around the University Park neighborhood and South Los Angeles.
Skateboards and Scooters Welcome
Walk around the University Park Campus and you will see all kinds of scooters, skateboards, and other earth-friendly vehicles, from golf carts to foldable electric URB-Es (invented by two USC alums). Inside the URB-E anchor store in USC Village is the university’s Mobility Hub, where Trojans can map out their transportation options to and from any destination in greater Los Angeles.
For electric vehicle drivers, USC provides 116 EV chargers across both campuses and in every USC parking structure. More charging stations are slated to come online in the near future.
Many USC Transportation initiatives promote sustainable behaviors in the USC community.
USC operates a fleet of 28 bio-fuel buses, two propane buses, and one compressed natural gas bus. Biodiesel reduces toxin compounds by 75-85%, while the use of propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 18%. The USC bus schedule can be found here.
USC’s student-run, evening/late-night rideshare program selects vehicles with high green ratings, including five hybrids, to provide escort services for students and staff. Hybrids produce 80 percent less greenhouse gases than regular gasoline vehicles.
A popular car-sharing amenity customized for the USC community, Maven provides 24/7 access to 17 fuel-efficient vehicles available on two campuses. The service’s mobile app supports easy reservations, keyless car entry and pay-as-you-go billing, including fuel and insurance costs.
B20 bio-diesel fuel is available at USC’s fuel station adjacent to the Parking Center (Grand Avenue Structure). Because it’s not a fossil fuel, bio-diesel emits less greenhouse gases and pollutants than gasoline.
The Exposition Light Rail Transit Line travels between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, making stops at three stations near the University Park Campus.
METRO and Dash
LA METRO operates 11 bus lines around the University Park Campus, including Dash Downtown and Commuter Express lines.
USC Transportation surveys all USC commuters annually to track how they travel to and from campus and reports the results to the South Coast California Air Quality Management District, as required by law. The data reveals a 7 percent drop in single occupancy vehicle use between 2014-2018. Other survey highlights are shown below:
As of the fall semester, 2018, about 18,000 vehicle parking spaces are available on the two USC campuses. Based on city zoning and construction requirements for each building, we are required to maintain this level. Of these spaces, 296 are reserved for carpools and vanpools, 116 are dedicated to EV charging stations, 383 are designated as handicapped parking, and are 67 motorcycle parking spaces.
Planning for Sustainability 2028
Looking ahead, we will explore bold and innovative ways to promote both sustainability and safety in USC’s rich alternative transportation eco-system. As we develop a plan for the next decade, our transit-related goals include discouraging single occupancy vehicle use and reducing USC’s carbon footprint, as well as easing congestion from the new Bank of America Stadium, the Lucas Museum, the narrowing of Figueroa Street, and the increasing popularity of Exposition Park and the LA Live area. USC Transportation and USC Sustainability will work with campus stakeholders and the city to explore every feasible means to keep the University Park Campus a safe and sustainable destination.