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177 Public Rider Alert

On November 13, 2017, there will be a Public Hearing (details in link below) to discuss and approve service changes on Metro Line 177. Metro 177 currently, operates weekdays only peak directional service (one way trips). It operates westbound one-way trips in the AM peak from PCC to Caltech ending at JPL, and eastbound one-way trips from JPL in the PM peak (eastbound). Ridership from campus is very low and this long running line is up for discussion. If you ride the 177 to the campus and are interested in retaining this service, please let Kristina Valenzuela know by emailing her with how often if you ride the 177 Metro bus. Please click link to view the details of the hearing.



Pasadena Transit Caltech Pass Free August 24-December 24, 2017

Travel throughout Pasadena with FREE unlimited rides on Pasadena Transit. Just TAP your card and go! The fall pass is good between August 28 - December 24, 2017.Spring passes will be automatically renewed.  Go to Bookstore for details or contact Students will get a chip for UID. Staff and Faculty can get the year loaded on a TAP card at the Bookstore.

Check for schedule and real time arrival information apps and maps.

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

 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:


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.