NOTE: The Spring 2024 U-Pass program dates are Jan. 8 – May 26. Passes will be available through the USC Transportation purchasing portal starting Jan. 2.
Starting in the Fall 2023 semester, USC Transportation is partnering with LA Metro to expand the existing U-Pass program – it is now available to ALL current USC students (both Graduate students and Undergraduates), and is available at no additional cost (the cost of the program is included in the Transportation Fee being charged to all registered students at USC). The U-Pass allows USC students unlimited rides on LA Metro’s rail and bus lines for any given semester. You DO have to re-register every semester in which you want one, but you DO NOT need a new card every time – if you already have a U-Pass issued by our office from a previous semester, you should choose the “RENEWAL” option during the purchasing process.
You may have seen an LA Metro brochure as a general program summary, but we have also created a set of complete step-by-step instructions for you to follow. If you need help or have any questions about the program, please contact USC Transportation’s Rideshare Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The start date for Spring is January 8. The end date is technically May 26, although the purchase portal will reflect the end of our semester date, May 12, so that you have a chance to “purchase” a new one in Summer (otherwise the dates would overlap and conflict).
The U-Pass looks like this, and is valid for travel on ALL LA Metro bus and rail lines, as well as select partner agencies (see list below).
WHERE CAN I USE THE U-PASS?
The U-Pass is valid on the following transit agencies:
- Metro buses and trains. This includes the Metro Rapid bus lines, the Red, Blue, Green, Gold and Expo rail lines, as well as regular Metro buses including Zones 1.
- LADOT – DASH buses only. This does not include other LADOT transit services like Commuter Express.
- Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. If you have issues using your U-Pass on Big Blue Bus please contact their customer service line at (310) 451-5444.
- Culver City Bus
- Norwalk Transit System
- Torrance Transit
- Gardena Transit
- Long Beach Transit
- Foothill Transit (excluding commuter express lines: 490, 493, 495, 498, 499, 699)
The pass is not valid on any other services, such as Metrolink, Amtrak, and LAX FlyAway.
If you need help or have any questions about the program, please contact USC Transportation’s Rideshare Coordinator via email at email@example.com.