Transportation

Location
Pasadena, CA
Undergrads
997
Tuition
$39,588
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Junior

Transportation: Okay I guess. I don't use this because I drive in from another town.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I drive my own car so it doesn't matter if they provide transportation.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Where I live, It's kind of a small town so you can ride your bike easily to places and there are lots of buses to be able to get where you need to go. I live here and have my own car, and I know traffic really well so it's super easy for me to get around and be able to judge how long it where take me to get from point A to point B.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 308th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 452nd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1195th
    Best Campus Transit

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mayra Sheikh
Hometown
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
Major
Chemistry
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If you decide to come to Caltech, be sure to bring your walking shoes. Pasadena and the Los Angeles area as a whole are not very big on public transportation. There are buses, Amtrak, and taxis, but none of them are useful for day-to-day grocery trips. Using your own personal car or bike is the best way to get around Pasadena. Of course, not everyone has a car, so friends with cars are advantageous. Caltech is conveniently situated close to grocery, pharmacy, and coffee shops. Students are often seen walking around with grocery bags, and they are known to bike back with backpacks full of food. Caltech is very small, and a walk from one end of the campus to the other takes about 15 minutes. There are bike racks all over campus for those in a hurry or those who dislike walking. Students also use skateboards or Rollerblades to get around campus. Since Pasadena has such beautiful weather, walking, biking, and skating are viable modes of transportation 95 percent of the time.

Getting around outside of Pasadena is more of a challenge. Since there are no taxis or a commonly used metro system, getting from one place to another can involve switching numerous stations and/or different modes of transportation. However, students do occasionally go to downtown LA or other nearby places via public transportation. There are many shuttle companies that have pick-up and drop-off services to and from the airport for a reasonable charge. The local airports, Burbank Airport and Ontario Airport, are also used and have similar shuttle services. Students usually just need to get to and from the airport and around Pasadena, both of which are pretty simple things to do, even though public transportation in Southern California is practically a nightmare.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Buses are inconvenient and not very efficient.
  • Car
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Express by ExecuCar Shuttle (800) 427-7483
  • Prime Time Shuttle (800) 733-8267
  • Super Shuttle (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826)

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Security Escort Service
(626) 395-4701
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Pasadena ARTS bus

Has a low 75-cent fare and stops on major streets

(626) 398-8973

(626) 398-8973 lost and found

(626) 744-4055 administrative office

cityofpasadena.net/Transportation/Arts_Routes_and_Schedules

Gold Line - Metro

The Metro Gold Line will get students to LA, where they can connect to other railways to get to other places. The closest station is on Lake Avenue, about 1.75 miles from campus. Details can be obtained about the Gold Line and other railways it connects to from the MTA.

(323) GO-METRO

(323) 466-3876

One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

www.mta.net

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ontario Airport

This airport is about 40 miles from campus.

2500 E. Airport Dr., Ontario

(909) 937-2700

www.lawa.org/ont

LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)

This airport is about 30 miles from campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

www.lawa.org/lax

Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport)

This airport is about 18 miles from campus.

2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank

(818) 840-8840

www.burbankairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

This Greyhound terminal is 13 miles from campus.

1716 E. Seventh St., Los Angeles

(213) 629-8401

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

Closest Amtrak station is Union Station in downtown LA.

800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 12 responses

  • 83% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 8% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 8% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 45% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 18% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 27% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 8 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 8 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 9 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 45% Fairly easy.
  • 55% Very easy.
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