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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: there are buses that take you from the parking lot to the center of the school or to other buildings to minimize walkiing

4 College Junior

Transportation: The shuttles are very helpful for most students... I never use them though, they always seem to be going far from where I need to be.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are campus buses that take you anywhere on campus, they typically don't go off campus unless for special events, like once they had the campus shuttles take students to the la fair. It is convenient to have a car because you have more things that you can do

5 College Freshman

Transportation: School has a department destined to transportation, and it comes in very handy and it is great.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle is nice, but it's the only option


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Pomona doesn’t have the level of public transportation like San Francisco or San Diego. Your only choices that actually come to campus are the MTA and the Foothill Transit Buses. However, the bus systems in Pomona are not exactly known for being on time.

Students can also take the train, which they can catch from the Pomona or Claremont depots. However, you would need a ride just to get to the train! In addition, there are no movie theaters, grocery stores, or shopping centers within walking distance. The closest grocery store to Cal Poly is at least a 10-minute drive, which would make walking there impossible. Besides, would you want to walk back carrying all those bags?

Biking is another option, but again, the distance and bags would still pose a problem. Without a car, you will be stuck with whatever food and supplies happen to be sold on campus at the Pony Express or the Bronco Bookstore as your only choices, unless your roomie has a car. And it will make weekends repetitive after a while. Bottom line: if you attend Cal Poly Pomona, you will need a car.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Find a friend or roommate to catch a ride with.
  • There are the buses, but try not to use them at night.
  • Wouldn't recommend walking; nothing is in walking distance.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Apollo Shuttle - (909) 734-0095
  • Discount Shuttle - (800) 699-4826
  • LA Xpress Shuttle - (800) 427-7483
  • New Express Transportation - (877) 977-3748
  • Prime Time Shuttle - (800) RED-VANS
  • Shuttle 2000 - (800) 977-7872
  • SuperShuttle - (909) 984-0040
Did You Know?
In 2007-2008 Parking & Transportation Services served 24,253 customers at the Parking Office, performed 1,111 battery jumps and unlocked vehicle doors, responded to 944 campus escort requests, shuttled 548,380 riders on campus shuttles.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Escort Services
(909) 869-3070
Monday-Thursday 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bronco Express Shuttle The Bronco Express Shuttle makes stops throughout a majority of the parking lots on campus and makes drops all around campus near your classes. It even goes to the University Village Apartments.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Transit Authority


Metrolink Rail System

Foothill Transit

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ontario International Airport

The Ontario International Airport is the closest airport to Cal Poly, only 15 miles and only a 20-minute drive. The prices are a tad bit more expensive than LAX; however, you will spend the difference in gas sitting in LA traffic.

(909) 937-2700

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is about 45 miles away and about a 45-minute drive without traffic. If you are going to this airport, try to go against the flow of traffic (in the morning, traffic is heavy going into LA, and it's heavy going out in the evening).

(310) 646-5252

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Bus Terminal

The nearest Greyhound bus terminal is in Claremont, which is less than eight miles from campus.

888 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont

(909) 624-4564

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Pomona Amtrak Train Station (POS)

The nearest Amtrak station is located in downtown Pomona, less than two miles away.

156 W. Commercial St., Pomona

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 203 responses

  • 46% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 38% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 13% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 202 responses

  • 25% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 54% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 85 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 85 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 85 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 202 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 65% Fairly easy.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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