USC Transportation recognizes the importance of meeting the transportation needs of the campus without compromising the health of our students, employees, or the environment. By initiating several efforts with our Transportation vehicles and attitudes we know we continue to search for new ways to cutting costs while going green.

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Green Buses

All of our buses operate on alternative fuels. We currently operate 13 bio-diesel buses, 1 CNG bus, and 11 propane buses.

Impact: Both Diesel and Propane fuel are safer than gasoline because they are non-toxic and do not compromise those living in our community or the environment. Biodiesel fuel reduces toxin compounds by 75-85%. Propane fueled vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18%, and show no visible sign of tail pipe exhaust.

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Green Cruisers

We have purchased highly rated green vehicles, including 5 hybrid vehicles, and plan to continue this conversion from unleaded vehicles to hybrid technology.

Impact: Hybrid cars produce 80% less harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases than comparable gasoline cars. This translates to less airborne pollutants and a cleaner earth.

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ZipCars

ZipCar is a unique car-sharing service that alleviates the parking demand on and around campus. Students, faculty and staff can rent a low-emission vehicle parked at 27 convenient locations around campus.

Impact: Hybrid cars produce 80% less harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases than comparable gasoline cars. This translates to less airborne pollutants and a cleaner earth.

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Fuel Station

We offer B20 biodiesel fuel to our customers at the fuel station by the Parking Center.

Impact: B20 Biodiesel allows unmodified diesel engines to use alternative fuel without modifying the engine. Since biodiesel is not a fossil fuel it can cut greenhouse-gas emissions as well as ordinary pollutants (particularly soot) by displacing petroleum diesel fuel.

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Transit Program

We currently subsidize 22,336 public transportation passes annually, good for any Metro, Dash, MetroLink, and LADOT service.

Impact: USC Transportation aims to offer incentives for USC employees and students to find alternative means of transportation to campus.

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Carpool & Vanpool

USC Employees share the commute to UPC campus by participating in one of the 20 vanpool and carpool programs.

Impact: Vanpool riders save money on gasoline, parking costs, vehicle maintenance, and insurance while helping reduce peak-period traffic congestion and emission pollution.

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AQMD

The Clean Air Awards honor those “who have made a significant contribution to cleaner air through innovation, leadership and personal environmental commitment.” USC Transportation is proud to announce that over the last 3 years we have maintained an Average Vehicle Ridership over 1.70.