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Member News: UCLA Transportation Launches a New Graduate Student Transit Pass

UCLA Transportation Launches a New Graduate Student Transit Pass

Bruin Grad Pass offers unlimited access to ride transit to and from campus, and explore LA.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Graduate students now have access to nearly all transit agencies servicing UCLA with the new Bruin Grad Pass. This past April, members of the graduate student body participated in the spring Graduate Student Association election. On the ballot was a transit pass referendum, which passed with the vast majority of voting students in favor of the new fee.

The Bruin Grad Pass gives graduate students unlimited access to Los Angeles Metro bus and rail lines, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus for a small quarterly fee. Furthermore, students commuting from farther distances may choose from one of the many long-distance commuter lines serving campus, including Long Beach Transit, LADOT Commuter Express, Santa Clarita Transit and Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

“This new referendum will give our graduate student population an affordable and sustainable transportation option even in the midst of a pandemic,” stated GSA President Jean Paul Santos.

The newly instated fee is a significant discount off standard transit rates and is further offset by UCLA Transportation subsidies, saving students hundreds of dollars a year in transportation costs and transit pass fees. While many students will be learning remotely in the fall, this new Bruin Grad Pass transit program allows students to travel throughout Los Angeles County without a car.

“We are excited to partner with the Graduate Student Association to help alleviate the burden of transportation costs on graduate students while promoting the use of a sustainable mode,” UCLA Transportation shared on the new program.

Graduate students can claim their pass online starting September 7 and will need to visit the Central Ticket Office to pick up their new TAP card. More information about Bruin Grad Pass is available on the UCLA Transportation website.


In response to COVID-19, transit agencies at UCLA and across Los Angeles County are amplifying efforts to prioritize the safety and well-being of passengers and bus operators. UCLA Transportation continues to work with the public transportation authorities to ensure all agencies servicing campus follow CDC guidelines.

Read more on how transit providers, including UCLA, are implementing enhanced cleaning protocols and distancing measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Click to read recent studies on how riding transit may be safer than you think.


UCLA Transportation supports the campus community by providing for safe and efficient access and mobility in an environmentally responsible manner. UCLA Transportation is a self-supporting department and does not receive any funds from tuition or student fees. For more information on UCLA Transportation, please visit transportation.ucla.edu.

Media Contact: Jennifer Friedman, jfriedman@ts.ucla.edu