Please read on for the latest news and announcements from USC Transportation:
NEW! Independence Day Service Hours (posted 6/24/2022)
Monday, July 4, is Independence Day, an official USC Holiday. Please note the following changes to our services on that day:
Customer Service Centers
Our Customer Service Centers at both UPC (McCarthy Structure) and HSC (KAM-120) will be closed on Monday. Both will reopen at 8:30am on Tuesday, July 5.
USC Buses will not operate at all on Monday. USC Buses resume their normal schedules on Tuesday, July 5, following the summer schedule posted online here.
Additional Downey Entrance/Structure Impacts (posted 6/3/2022)
The Downey Entrance at UPC has been impacted by the construction of Ginsburg Hall in recent months; we were notified today that the project will be impacting the entrance from Vermont, and the north structure entrance, even further in the coming weeks. Please see below and this attachment for details.
Beginning Tuesday, June 7, the Downey Entrance/Exit to campus will be COMPLETELY CLOSED until further notice. To enter the southwest quadrant of campus, please use either the Watt Way Entrance (open weekdays only from 6:00am-9:00pm), or the McClintock Entrance (24 hrs). Both those same points can be used for egress (please drive towards the Watt Way exit slowly if the vehicle gate is closed, it will automatically swing inwards). We expect the temporary loss of the Downey Entrance will create additional area traffic, especially in the morning and evening rush hours; please use caution and give yourself extra time if possible.
From June 7 – July 17, the north exit from the Downey Structure will still be available, as an EXIT ONLY, and can be used to take Downey Way back to McClintock (one-way traffic only), from which either of the exit points above can be used. Between July 18 – August 5, this exit will no longer be available, and the ONLY exit from the Downey Structure will be the east exit onto McClintock Avenue. We anticipate this will create significant delays and congestion within the structure, especially during the evening rush hour; please be patient and cooperative with your fellow commuters during this time.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation; please let us know if you have any questions.
Downtown L.A. Street Closures, June 6-10 (posted 6/3/2022)
The City of Los Angeles is privileged to host the Ninth Summit of the Americas from June 6-10, a gathering expected to include world leaders from throughout North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean.
Traffic will likely be impacted in the Downtown LA area and around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 10 pm Monday, June 6 through noon Saturday, June 11. While none of these impact the UPC area directly, there are intermittent street/freeway exit closures in the area of downtown that we wanted to make the USC community aware of.
Please visit the City’s press release page regarding this event for complete details.
Memorial Day Service Hours (posted 5/20/2022)
Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day, an official USC Holiday. Please note the following changes to our services on that day:
Customer Service Centers
Our Customer Service Centers at both UPC (McCarthy Structure) and HSC (KAM-120) will be closed on Monday. Both will reopen at 8:30am on Tuesday, May 31.
USC Buses will not operate at all on Monday. USC Buses resume their normal schedules on Tuesday, May 31, following the summer schedule posted online here.
Rate Increase announcement (posted 5/9/2022)
Beginning July 1, 2022, the university will introduce adjusted rates for parking permits. The adjustment follows a five-year period during which permit fees remained unchanged, as well as a period during the height of the pandemic, where fees were altogether suspended.
The maintenance of the university’s parking facilities is supported by the revenue generated by parking permit fees, and the increases in operational expense have created the need to raise the price of permits.
The new price for parking permits in the Gold parking tier, which accounts for a majority of permits, will be $115/month (from $111/month). Similar increases averaging 5% will be implemented for all parking permits; a full rate schedule can be found on the USC Transportation Parking Rates webpage. Fees for daily guest parking ($20/day), short-term hourly parking ($4/hr) are also being increased as of July 1; for full details about short-term parking options, please refer to our Daily and Hourly Parking webpage. These increases are necessary to support the ongoing operations of our department as we return our services to pre-COVID levels.
The two- and three-day employee parking permits, which were introduced to support hybrid working schedules, will continue to be offered in FY23, providing a lower-cost permit option for people coming to campus on a part-time basis. Additional cost-effective parking alternatives include UPC’s Grand Avenue Parking Structure and HSC’s Lot 71 and Valley Lot, which will remain in our lower Cardinal pricing tier at $85/month (from $81/month), and various Pay-By-Plate locations available for short-term campus visits. Alternatives to campus parking include our public transit program, which is subsidized 50% by USC, and carpooling. These options can be explored using our online transit portal, Traveler.
Thank you in advance for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions.
Summer permit sales announcement (posted 4/26/2022)
Summer 2022 permits will be available online through your parking portal starting Monday, May 2. You can purchase a permit from the available options through our website at www.usc.edu/transportation; start by finding the “Access my Account” link under the “Parking” header, and then follow the prompts. NOTE: All summer permits are available to be printed from home; please be prepared to print your permit once your transaction is completed. Hang-tags or stickers are NOT being issued during the summer 2022 semester. Please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or cannot access your parking portal.
Extreme Traffic Congestion Expected Saturday, April 23 (posted 4/15/2022)
On Saturday, April 23, USC will host two major events at our UPC campus: the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and the USC Football Spring game.
The LATFOB is an annual two-day festival (April 23/24) attracting over 150,000 guests to campus who love everything book-related. The event consists of hundreds of booths and exhibitions, book signings, speakers, and many other special events. Full details about the event can be found here on their web page. Parking for this event will be available at Royal, USC Shrine, Jefferson and Figueroa structures.
The USC Spring Football Game will be fans’ only chance to see new Head Coach Lincoln Riley in action before the season begins! The game starts at noon at the LA Memorial Coliseum, and Coliseum gates will open at 10:30am. Parking information for this event can be found here.
USC Transportation expects very heavy congestion and traffic in the area of campus this Saturday due to these two major events, with the most impact anticipated between 10:00am-1:00pm. While we have not been advised of any LADOT street closures, the five major streets surrounding campus/the Coliseum (Martin Luther King Blvd., Exposition Blvd., Jefferson Blvd., Figueroa St. and Vermont Ave.) will be extremely congested on Saturday, with related congestion impacting smaller streets feeding towards campus, and both directions of the 110/10 freeways (especially the Vermont/Hoover exits off the 10, and Exposition/MLK exits off the 110). Please also note that due to area construction impacts, the Downey Entrance on Vermont Avenue adjacent to the Downey Structure (formerly PSA) will convert to an EXIT ONLY at 1:00pm. The USC weekend intercampus shuttle will still operate on Saturday, but we expect potentially significant delays due to the area traffic.
If you are coming to campus this weekend (especially Saturday), please anticipate delays and plan accordingly, or consider taking Metro. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Beat the pain at the gas pump (posted 3/28/2022)
Rapidly rising gas prices are hitting all drivers hard here in Southern California. Here are some options provided through USC Transportation that may help you beat the pain at the pump.
- Did you know that USC has its own gas station? It’s located on West 35th Street, just south of the Grand Avenue Parking Structure. Full details (including hours of operation and daily prices) can be found here. You can even pay with your USCard!
- One of President Folt’s first initiatives was implementing a 50% transit subsidy for all USC faculty and staff who use public transit to get to work. If you take a bus or train, USC will pay half the cost of your fare. If the transit agency operating the bus or train is a partner of USC Transportation, you can benefit further by using pre-tax payroll deduction to purchase your pass. Details about the USC Transit Subsidy Program, including an application form, are available here.
- If public transportation isn’t an option for you, there may be a fellow USC faculty or staff member who lives nearby with whom you can carpool. USC’s Traveler platform is an online dashboard that combines all your mobility options into one easy-to-use platform. Check it out and get traveling!
Weekend Metro closures in downtown LA (posted 3/2/2022)
LA Metro has asked regional partners to distribute information regarding some weekend closures and service disruptions in downtown Los Angeles; please refer to their online announcement for complete details and maps of the affected lines/areas.
Reminder about UPC Egress (posted 2/25/2022)
As construction of Ginsburg Hall continues, egress from the southwest quadrant of the UPC campus continues to be constrained, especially for vehicles traveling north on McClintock to the McClintock exit. Please remember that the Watt Way exit onto Exposition Blvd remains available at all times via an automatic exit gate (approach slowly and it will open inwards), and the exit is manned and open from 6:00am-9:00pm weekdays. We encourage all Downey Way permit holders to exit via Watt Way if at all possible; please download the recommended egress map for complete details.
LA Rams Victory Parade on Wednesday, February 16 (posted 2/15/2022)
The Los Angeles Rams victory parade will start at the west parking lot of the Shrine and make its way east/south to Figueroa Street and the Exposition Park area. This event will cause major disruptions to the UPC campus, vehicles entrances, pedestrian access points, USC bus schedules, city streets, etc. Please refer to this handout for all the latest projected impacts.
President’s Day Service Changes and LA Metro Service Changes are Coming (posted 2/10/2022)
Monday, February 21 is President’s Day, a University Holiday. Please note the following USC Transportation service changes for that day:
- Customer Service Centers at UPC (in the McCarthy Structure) and HSC (in KAM-120) will both be closed on Monday. Both offices will reopen at 8:30am on Tuesday morning.
- All USC Bus services will be closed on Monday. Normal Spring semester service resumes on Tuesday morning.
LA Metro is announcing service changes that will go into effect on February 20; please download this flyer to read all about them.
USC Buses Reminder (posted 1/18/2022)
Due to classes being held remotely to begin the semester, USC Buses will continue following the Winter Recess Schedule for one additional week (through Friday, January 21). The Spring Semester bus schedule will begin service on Monday, January 24. Please visit the bus schedules page on our website for the most recent information/posted schedules and routes.
Spring Lyft Program Update (posted 1/14/2022)
As a result of the continuing impact of the COVID pandemic and recent Omicron variant, the University is extending the Lyft program throughout the spring semester in single ride mode. Lyft’s previous shared ride model was the mode of transportation originally offered through USC Transportation’s supplemental ride program and, through that model, we’ve been able to offer more than 4 million free rides to date.
In August 2020, Lyft was unable to continue the shared ride program, due to health and safety considerations, and transitioned to the current single ride mode. We have been supportive of this change and will continue to make programmatic decisions in the interest of the health and safety of our students.
We thank you for your support and invite you to visit our website for updates, as well as the details and hours of the program: https://transnet.usc.edu/index.php/campus-cruiser-program/how-to-use-lyft/
Thank you and Fight On!
Spring Semester service announcements (posted 1/6/22)
Please make note of the following USC Transportation Spring Semester service announcements:
Due to classes being held remotely to begin the semester, USC Buses will continue following the Winter Recess Schedule for one additional week (through Friday, January 14). The Spring Semester bus schedule will begin service on Tuesday, January 18 (after the holiday, see below). Please visit the bus schedules page on our website for posted schedules and route information.
Appointments for In-Person Services
Our customer service centers at UPC (in the McCarthy Structure, 8:30am-5:00pm, M-F) and HSC (in KAM-120, 8:30am-4:00pm, M-F) remain open, but appointments are required, starting Monday, January 10. Please visit our appointment scheduling page on our website to find available times/schedule a visit.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Closures
Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a University Holiday. All customer service centers and bus routes will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Winter Recess Service Schedules and Lyft Program Changes for Spring (posted 12/15/21)
Please read the following announcements regarding important changes to the USC Lyft Rides program and USC Transportation schedules for the remainder of the Fall semester and Winter Recess.
Winter Recess Schedules (December 16–January 2)
Transportation offices are closed from December 20 to January 2.
The USC Lyft Ride program at UPC will operate 6:00PM–12:00AM daily from December 15 to January 2. There is no change to the HSC program’s operating hours.
The USC Bus system will suspend most services during Winter Recess. We will offer limited service between HSC and Union Station December 20–23 and 27–30; please refer to the schedules posted on our website. Normal services will resume January 3.
Campus access will be limited between December 18 and January 2. During this time, vehicle entry and exit will be limited to the McCarthy and McClintock and Jefferson gates. The Jefferson entrance will be closed December 24–26 and December 31–January 2. Pedestrian access will be limited to the McClintock, McCarthy, Trousdale/Exposition, Trousdale/Jefferson and Downey gates.
Lyft Program Dates & Changes for Spring 2022
The updated Spring USC Lyft Ride program will begin January 10, 2022. Please note that you will need to sign up for the new program, your enrollment in the previous Lyft program will not transfer over automatically. Email invitations to join the new program will be sent on January 7. We request that you please hold your questions about the program until you receive this email. If you have not received an invitation to join the program by January 10, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are USC Lyft Ride changes which will go into effect on January 10. Listed below are the new program guidelines:
- The new program optimizes rides by pairing up to two riders from the program going to similar locations.
- Riders will choose the USC Lyft Ride – SHARED option as their mode of travel in the app.
- All ride requests must be for single individuals only. Friends traveling together must make individual requests for rides using the app, even if they are going to/from the same location.
- Masks are required to be worn at all times, the front seat and middle seat must be kept empty, and eating and drinking are not allowed during rides.
- If anyone in the vehicle is not following these guidelines, BOTH riders and drivers have the ability to cancel the ride without penalty and report issues they experienced directly to Lyft.
Spring Permits Available this Friday, Dec. 3 (posted 11/29/21)
Parking permits for the Spring 2022 semester will go live on our website this Friday, Dec. 3, at noon. PLEASE NOTE: All Fall Student permits renew for Spring automatically; the only capacity created for Spring sales comes from returned permits due to permit cancellations, or from Fall graduates (if you’re graduating and no longer need your permit, please remember to return it to us, otherwise, we won’t know!)
After noon on Friday, all currently available options for Spring will be listed in your account through our website at www.usc.edu/transportation; if the location you want is not listed, unfortunately, that means it is sold out or remains otherwise unavailable. If you are interested in seeing if new locations become available, we recommend checking your account periodically, that is where the availability will show up first.
Thanksgiving Week Hours and Announcements (posted 11/18/21)
Please note the following USC Transportation service hours during Thanksgiving week (November 22-27):
Customer Service Centers
Our Customer Service Centers at both UPC (McCarthy Structure) and HSC (KAM-120) will be open as normal on Monday and Tuesday, and closing at 2:00pm on Wednesday. Both offices will be completely closed on Thursday and Friday, resuming normal business hours on Monday, November 29. Appointments are no longer required for in-person service, but Trojan Check/vaccine requirements are now in place, and face masks are required at all times inside buildings.
USC Buses will follow their normal schedules Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving week; there will be no service at all on Thursday or Friday. USC Buses resume their normal schedules on Monday, November 29.
The Lyft Safe Rides program will follow its normal schedule Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving week; there will be no service at all on Thursday or Friday. On Saturday, November 27, the Trojans will host BYU at the Coliseum; kickoff time is 7:30pm. On that day, Lyft services will not start until midnight due to the football game. (NOTE: the USC/UCLA game on Saturday, Nov. 20 kicks off at 1:00pm; there are no changes to the Lyft program that day.)
USC Entrances will follow their normal schedules Monday through Wednesday, and follow the posted holiday schedules on Thursday and Friday. For the USC football game vs. BYU on Saturday, the campus will open for tailgating activities six hours before kickoff at 7:30pm – advance tailgating reservations are required. All campus guests will be required to follow the Trojan Check/vaccine requirements that are now in place.
Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing email@example.com. Thank you, and happy holidays!
USC Football Game Day Letter from AD Mike Bohn (posted 8/31/21)
Please click here to read the Game Day and Coliseum updates letter from USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn, with important details regarding the “NO TAILGATING” policy for USC’s first game vs. San Jose State on Sept. 4.
Additional appointment blocks added! (posted 8/19/21)
In response to growing demand for appointments at our University Park Campus office (located in the McCarthy Structure, enter from the quad side), we have made a new set of appointment blocks available online. Please visit our appointments web page here to book an appointment for in-person customer service. Same-day appointments are NOT available. We do not require an appointment, but they are strongly recommended. Walk-ins will be severely limited as the University continues to practice social distancing in the wake of COIVD and its variants; customers with appointments will be helped before walk-ins.
Graduate Student U-Pass now Available! (posted 8/16/21)
USC Transportation partners with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to offer the Graduate Student U-Pass program; the reduced fare transit pass offers USC graduate students unlimited rides on Metro’s rail and bus lines for any given semester. If you need help or have any questions about the program, please contact USC Transportation Rideshare Coordinator Maira Sanchez via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate U-Pass will be available for purchase for the Fall 2021 semester starting on Monday, August 16. The program dates will be from August 16, 2021 through January 23, 2022 (23 weeks in total). The cost is $103 ($105 for new sign-ups, which adds the cost of a card). Please see the Fall 2021 U-Pass data sheet for complete details and answers to FAQs. Thank you.
USC Students Fall services announcement (posted 8/13/21)
USC Transportation would like to remind all students of the following service reminders for the Fall 2021 semester:
Fall permit sales continue online; you can purchase a permit directly from the options available through our website at www.usc.edu/transportation; start by finding the “Access my Account” link under the “Parking” header, and then follow the prompts. You can cancel your permit anytime by returning it to us if the campus access plans/teaching schedules change.
USC Buses are returning to expanded levels of service; the Fall schedule is currently posted on our “Bus Map & Schedules” page, here. Many of our bus routes have returned to their pre-COVID schedules, but some will continue to operate on a reduced basis as we re-hire and train additional drivers. Please continue to monitor our website for service updates.
The Safe Rides Program will solely be operated by Lyft during the Fall semester; Campus Cruiser will not be available. The program will pay for Lyft SHARED rides only; Classic rides will still be available short-term, but only until the SHARED option is reinstated on the platform. Please be sure to wear your mask at all times, and follow all other Lyft Community Guidelines.
All invitations to join the Lyft program for Fall will be emailed automatically beginning Monday, August 16; do NOT share your invitation with others, as doing so will deactivate your account. If you do not receive an invitation by August 20, please email email@example.com to request one. IMPORTANT REMINDERS: The program runs on credits that automatically renew every month; USC does NOT pay for cancellations fees, tips or PrimeTime upcharges. If your ride starts and ends within the appropriate campus geofence, and in all other ways qualifies for the program, it will say “FREE” in the fare quote box; again, the program will only pay for Lyft SHARED rides once that offering returns. Hours of operation beginning August 16 are:
- At UPC: 6:00pm – 2:00am, seven days a week
- At HSC: 5:00pm – midnight, Monday-Friday
Appointments for in-person office visits are still highly recommended; we are accepting walk-ins on a limited basis, but will give priority to those with appointments. You can make an appointment online here; please remember that per USC/LA County guidelines, masks are required inside buildings at all times, regardless of your vaccination status.
Trojan Check will be reinstated for campus/selected building access on August 19; please complete your daily attestation before coming to campus and be prepared to have it scanned upon entry to campus.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you!
Fall Bus Schedule now available! (posted 8/12/21)
The new, printable bus schedule for Fall is now available on our main bus Map & Schedules page (here); Fall Semester 2021 bus routes will begin on Monday, August 23rd. We will continue to expand our service throughout the semester as we are able to increase staffing levels to meet our demand. Please continue to check the Map & Schedules page for updates on added service.
USC Employee Fall services announcement (posted 8/10/21)
As posted on the USC Employee Gateway page on Monday, August 9, please note the following service announcements for Fall:
Fall permit sales continue online! Employees can purchase parking permits directly from the USC Transportation website. (Start by finding the “Access my Account” link under the “Parking” header, and then follow the prompts.) NOTE: All interested employees need to purchase a new permit – please do not use the “Renew” option. Click on “Get Permit” instead. Permit costs are listed for the entire two years an employee permit is valid; if you continue through to the “View Cart” screen, there will be a dropdown menu of payment options, from which you can/should select pretax monthly payroll deduction. The monthly charge will then come out of your paycheck automatically. You can cancel your permit anytime by returning it to USC Transportation if your unit plans/schedule changes.
USC buses will continue to expand their services throughout the fall semester. An initial fall schedule will be posted the week of August 16 on the “Bus Map & Schedules” page, here, and stay tuned for updates! Per USC/LA County guidelines, masks are also required while taking the USC bus at all times, regardless of your vaccination status.
If you need to make an appointment, in-person office visits are still highly recommended. Walk-ins are accepted on a limited basis but priority will be given to those with appointments. You can make an appointment online here.
Trojan Check will be reinstated for campus access in August. Please complete your daily attestation before coming to campus and be prepared to have it scanned upon entry to campus.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Metro Connector Project (posted 8/9/21)
Please see the attached flyer from Metro regarding a Regional connector project that affects the Expo Line surrounding USC.
Summer Graduate U-Pass Program offering (posted 6/17/2021)
In response to a petition submitted by Ph.D. students, we notified the USC community today that we would be bringing back the Summer Graduate U-Pass program in 2021. The notice sent to Administration and the Graduate Student Government in response to the petition can be found here; the process for purchasing the summer U-Pass is detailed below. Please let us know if you have any questions.
The Graduate Student U-Pass program is available for the remainder of the Summer Semester; the program dates are 6/21 – 8/15/2021, and the pass cost is $31.50, payable via credit card. The process to purchase it is as follows:
- Go to our website at usc.edu/transportation
- Under the “Parking” header, click on “Access My Account”
- Enter your ten-digit USC ID# and password, and click the “Log In” button. You can also create an account on this page if you do not yet have one. If you forget your password, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to have it reset
- On the Parking Portal page, select the drop-down arrow next to “Permits” at the top, and then click on “Get Permits.” Click the “Next” button on the following screen.
- On the following page, the top box is asking for your Subclassification. *IMPORTANT: for the Graduate U-Pass program, select “Student – BUS U-PASS GRAD STUDENT” from the drop-down menu. Complete/confirm all the other required fields, and click on the “Next” button at the bottom.
- On the “Select Pass…” page, choose either a new card (for an extra $2 charge), or just a renewal (if you have an existing card). Check the agreement box and click on the “Next” button to continue. Click the “Next” button on the following screen.
- On the “View Cart” page, select a payment method from the drop-down menu, enter/confirm your email address, and click “Pay Now” at the bottom of the page. You will be directed to another screen to enter your card details.
If you chose to renew, your existing card will be loaded within 48 hours. If you purchased a new card, it will be mailed to you. Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting our RideShare Coordinator at email@example.com.
Fall 2021 Permit Process Update (posted 6/17/2021)
The new permit purchasing process has been distributed via email, also appears here, and will appear on the USC Gateway on Monday, June 21. Please read the memo for complete details, the highlights of which appear below:
- ALL employee permits expire 6/30/2021; we are asking all employees to go online through our website to purchase a new one, effective July 1.
- You do not have to purchase a permit starting in July if you do not know what your unit/department plans are yet. If you do wait to purchase a permit until a later time, you will be subject to location availability at the time of purchase.
- Two new value permits have been created to assist employees who will be on campus a few days/week or less – please refer to the memo for complete details.
- As always, let us know if you have any questions. The best way to reach us is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates for Summer/Fall 2021 (posted 5/15/2021)
As the University continues moving forward with their plans to reopen, we wanted to post the following reminders for Summer/Fall 2021:
- Parking remains free of charge for all USC employees and students through June 30, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: while there is no fee for permits, you must still display a permit in your vehicle so we know you are an employee/student. Fall 2020/Spring 2021 permits that have expired are fine, and will be honored through 6/30 – there is no additional action you need to take. If you do not have a permit, and need one between now and June 30, please log into or create an account on the permits section of our website, and “purchase” a permit (at no cost) that you can print from home and display in your vehicle.
- New parking permits will be required for ALL campus constituents effective July 1, 2021. We will also begin charging for permits again on that date. We will be announcing the process for each campus both on this page and via direct email in the coming weeks; please check back frequently for updates.