Alternative means of transportation for UC students

Ensuring a comprehensive transportation plan, including alternative means of transportation, is critical to the goal of greenhouse gas emissions reduction.  The Sustainable Transportation Policy was added to the original 2003 sustainability policy in January 2006.  The Policy calls for UC to incorporate alternative means of transportation to, from, and within the campus and surrounding communities and to build more housing on campus to reduce the need for commuting.

Seven out of ten UC campuses have been designated as “Best workplaces for Commuters,” which indicates the number of commuter alternatives available to reduce the reliance on single-occupancy vehicles. 

The UC Irvine campus earned the state’s top environmental honor, the Governor’s Environment and Economy Leadership Award, for its sustainable transportation program.  In 2007, UC Irvine converted 10 shuttle buses to 100% biodiesel. Each year, the program eliminates more than 39 million vehicle miles and 18,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions while saving the university more than $21 million.

From bicycle master plans to alternative fueled vehicles, see what each campus is doing:
UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz.


UC Irvine ZEV•NET, or Zero Emission Vehicle Network Enabled Transport, is a unique transportation system that couples the benefits of mass transit with the convenience and flexibility of a personal car. Designed to provide environmentally sensitive transportation alternatives to commuters traveling during the day, the program’s use of electric vehicles equipped with Global Positioning System technology in conjunction with scheduling software allows vehicles to be efficiently shared among commuters.

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley provides incentives that allow students to use public transit for free all semester long.


UC Davis is the only UC campus to have a traffic signal with a bike phase, to accommodate thousands of bikers commuting to campus daily.


UC Merced has a contract that allows all students to ride free bus and shuttle services that run from campus to various locations, including light rail.


As of 2006, UC Riverside had the largest percentage of alternative fuel fleet vehicles in the UC system.


A variety of transportation programs have resulted in savings of an estimated 1.7 million automobile trips per year at UCLA.


UC San Diego was the Sustainable Transportation Award winner in 2006 for the use of 225 electric or “zero emission” vehicles and 32 hybrid vehicles for its fleet.


To help reduce congestion, UC San Francisco shuttles students, staff, visitors and faculty between campus sites and secondary campus locations.


UC Santa Barbara provides a number of transportation benefits for bus riding, carpooling, and biking including discounted bus passes, 6 days of free parking per quarter, and on campus showers and lockers for bikers.


More than 10,000 trips via public transit are made on campus per day at UC Santa Cruz. Even though enrollment has increased 37% since 1990-2000, the campus has reduced vehicle trips by more than 10% of 1990 levels.

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