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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There are some options for transportation but I wouldnt say they serve all purposes. Most feel dont safe being on the bus. Not the best option.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Its ok. It has become more available

3 College Junior

Transportation: There should be shuttles available for students living off campus in the apartments nearby.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is free for UCR students and it is great. The bus can take you to another city for free.

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3 College Student

Transportation: I drive to and from school almost every week. The drive is about 30 minutes without traffic or 1 hour 15 min with traffic. On and close to campus however I usually use the bus which takes a very long period of time to get to places but it is free.


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UCR is largely a commuter school, and as such, many students have their own car. Since most entertainment is not within walking distance, access to a personal vehicle is certainly convenient, but there are many other travel opportunities for students.

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) bus system tours the campus and surrounding areas regularly, and the Metrolink train is available for those in need of long-distance transportation. Taxis can be acquired through appointment, and rent-a-cars are offered by Zipcar. The best method of transportation was the Highlander Hauler, the campus shuttle system including the Trolley Express and Braveheart Loop, which is now indefinitely dismantled due to budget cuts. Students now forced to rely on the RTA public buses should take precautions, though, as some downtown areas tend be rather rough. Basically, cars tend to be more practical for those who have an active social life or other personal commitments, but it is definitely possible to work around not having a car.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) buses
  • Bicycling/walking
  • Driving
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Prime Time Shuttle can be reached at (800) RED-VANS; Prime Time offers a rate of $31 per person one way and $10 per each additional person from Ontario Airport.
  • San Gabriel Transit, which can be reached at (800) 340-TAXI, has all passengers ride for the price of one.
  • Super Shuttle is a good way to get to the airport; the cost is $35 per person one way and $9 per each additional person from Ontario Airport. Super Shuttle can be reached at (800) BLUE-VAN.
Local Taxi Services
Happy Taxi, which can be reached at (951) 781-8294, and AAA Yellow Cab, which can be reached at (951) 787-9662, are two local taxi services that students can take advantage of.
Did You Know?
  • In 2011, shuttle services were suspended for an indefinite amount of time.
  • The Campus Safety Escort Service prides itself in escorting more than 8,000 people annually and is ranked the fifth most critical student service on campus.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Safety Escort Service
(951) 827-3772
Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (fall and winter quarters), Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-11 p.m. (spring quarter)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Riverside Transit Agency

Bus fares are $1.50 for base fare, $4 for day passes, $16 for seven-day passes, and $50 for a 30-day pass.

(951) 565-5002 customer information center

(800) 800-7825 TTY

(800) 795-7887 dial-a-ride

1825 Third St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Ontario Airport

This airport is about 20 minutes from campus.

1923 E. Avion Drive, Ontario

(909) 937-2163

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

This airport is about one hour and 15 minutes away from campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal in Riverside is approximately four miles from campus.

3911 University Ave.

(951) 686-2345

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is in downtown, approximately four miles from campus; for schedule information, call (800) 872-7245.

4066 Vine St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 225 responses

  • 40% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 12% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 225 responses

  • 12% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 68% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% 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 98 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 98 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 98 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 224 responses

  • 15% Very easy.
  • 67% Fairly easy.
  • 14% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.


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