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New U-Pass for Caltech Students

Fall semester’s Metro U-Pass is just $85—Save more than 35% over a Reduced Fare TAP card

 Metro’s Universal College Student Transit Pass (Metro U-Pass) program upgrades your existing Caltech student ID to a transit pass.


To qualify for the Metro U-Pass program, you must be an enrolled undergraduate carrying eight or more units, or an enrolled graduate student carrying six or more units.

Once you have purchased a Metro U-Pass, you’ll receive a sticker featuring smart-chip technology to place on your Caltech student ID. It’s good for unlimited rides on all Metro Rail and bus lines for the entire semester.

Your Metro U-Pass works just like a TAP card. It’s also valid on any of the other 23 transit systems throughout Los Angeles County that accept TAP cards.

 To purchase your Metro U-Pass:

1.  Complete required Metro Registration survey  located at

2.  Bring proof of survey completion and  Caltech UID to the Parking office (515 S. Wilson Ave)  to purchase U-Pass sticker.

3.  Pay  appropriate  U-Pass fee of  $85. The pass will be valid from Sept. 19 through January 23,2017. (Rates are subsidized by Metro,  Caltech Parking and Commuter Services. No refunds will be issued)

4.  Go to Bookstore to activate the U-Pass at the CPOS machine.

For additional details contact Kristina Valenzuela at


Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension opens March 5th

Metro’s Gold Line Foothill Extension opens March 5, with six new stations serving five cities and dozens of destinations in the San Gabriel Valley. The $1 billion, 11.5-mile rail line will travel between East Pasadena and Azusa and points in between, providing a relaxing and money-saving alternative to driving the busy 210. Rediscover Gold on the new extension and Go Metro to explore.

 Join Metro from noon until 4pm as they celebrate the opening of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. Enjoy special activities and family fun at Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte/City of Hope, Irwindale and Azusa Downtown Stations.

Opening Ceremony

Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 10am
Metro Gold Line Duarte/City of Hope Station
1777 E Duarte Rd
Duarte, CA 91010

Free Rides

Free rides to the public start at 11am on the entire Metro Gold Line and end at midnight.

Station Parties

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 11am-4pm
Live Music
Local businesses and food trucks on site

For more information go to:

Pasadena Transit, is offering Try Transit free rides to all Caltech staff, students, and Faculty on any of the Pasadena Transit buses during the month of March. With the opening of the Foothill Gold Line Extension on March 5th, Pasadena Transit looks forward to connecting even more passengers to destinations within Pasadena, including Caltech. 

Pasadena Transit Connects Caltech Riders with High-Tech Convenience

Pasadena Transit, formerly known as the Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS), will let you ride free on any of the Pasadena Transit buses during the month of March! With the opening of the Foothill Gold Line Extension on March 5th, Pasadena Transit looks forward to connecting even more passengers to destinations within Pasadena, including Caltech.  Pasadena Transit is offering a free Try Transit pass during the month of March for Caltech faculty, staff and students to try Pasadena Transit free of charge!

 If you already have a TAP card, all you need to do is visit the Caltech Bookstore after February 26, 2016 to load a Try Transit pass onto the card. If you don’t have a TAP card yet, contact Kristina Valenzuela at or at 626-395-4729 to get a TAP card with your free pass loaded onto it after February 26, 2016. Once you have the pass, all you need to do is TAP your card upon boarding a Pasadena Transit bus and enjoy the ride. The Try Transit pass is only valid on Pasadena Transit buses. For use on the Gold Line or other transit services, be sure to load the appropriate fare media or stored value.

 In addition to the new look and name, the system is now also equipped with new technology that lets you track the real time arrival of Pasadena Transit buses, even while you are on the Gold Line.  You can access the real time arrival information of the buses by calling 511 or via web and mobile platforms at, Google Transit and Pasadena Transit currently offers six routes that provide service throughout the City of Pasadena, including Route 10 which directly serves Caltech along Del Mar Blvd. and connects to the Gold Line Allen Station. Route and schedule information can be found at

When Will the Bus Get Here? 

You don't have to wonder anymore. Area transit providers are now partnering with services that deliver bus schedule information directly to cell phones or handheld devices including:


Metro has implemented their GPS based arrival time service called Nextrip. Just click on the link and enter your location and bus information and you will get an arrival time prediction.


What it does: Uses GPS technology to track bus location and delivers estimated arrival times based on that data.

To find your bus: Go to and plug in transit provider and your route and stop numbers. You can also register a regular commute for faster access.

Areas serviced: Los Angeles Metro, Camarillo Area (CAT), Glendale Beeline, Gold Coast Transit, Moorpark Transit, North County Transit District, Playa Vista, Simi Valley (SVT), Thousand Oaks (TOT) and UCLA.

More info:


What it does: Lets you use your cell phone to get the next three scheduled times the bus will arrive at your bus stop.

To find your bus: Send text to 628246 (OCTAGO), type in the word "bus," your stop number and your route number.

Areas serviced: Orange County (OCTA) buses and Metrolink in Orange County.

More info:

Go Metro to USC Football

USC Football season is just around the corner, and Metro makes it easy to catch all the action. Ride with us on game day and we'll get you past the traffic and parking hassles.

Take Metro's Expo Line to the Expo/Vermont or Expo Park/USC Station for convenient access to the Coliseum and campus. Expo trains run approximately every six minutes before and after games, so you can easily connect with the Red, Purple, Blue and Gold Lines.

You can also ride Metro's Silver Line to the 37th St/USC Station, just a short walk from the stadium. Buses run every 20 minutes during the day, and extra service will be added 20 minutes after each game.

For complete game day directions, tips and a detailed map of bus and rail service, visit

Caltech Monthly Subsidies

Monthly subsidies, discount, and incentives are available for Caltech faculty, students, and staff who choose to use public transit services (i.e. METRO, Foothill Transit, Metrolink, etc.). Certain monthly transit passes can be purchased on-site at the Caltech Bookstore at the subsidized rate. Individuals who purchase a monthly transit pass elsewhere can obtain their subsidy by presenting their pass and Caltech ID to our offices at 515 S. Wilson within 30 days of the expiration date of the pass.

For more information on transit lines, schedules, transfers, and subsidies, printed materials are available at ERIC in the Keith Spalding building or at our offices at 515 S. Wilson.