​​​​​​Transportation Options to Emeritus Campus

SMC Students Taking Metro

Santa Monica College's Emeritus campus is located in one of the most transit-rich areas of Los Angeles. Parking at this campus is limited to the public structures in the downtown area with limitations on the time so we encourage students to use the many other options available to them. 

Tip: Research your transit options using CorsairCommute.com 

  • It's a free personalized trip planner that provides all options (bike, walk, transit, carpool and car) in one screen, including costs, time, route maps, calories burned and CO2 emitted.
  • SMC employees can earn monthly incentives for participating.
  • Big Blue Bus

    Ride Free. Any Line, Any Time, thanks to SMC and the Associated Students. Simply pay your AS fees, swipe your card at the Bursar's office on main campus, then board any BBB bus any time.  Several BBB​ and Metro ​ bus lines service SMC campuses. ​

    • New students & staff ID cards are ready to use!

    • Returning students & staff must re-activate* cards at the Bursar’s office each semester.

    • BBB now only accepts payment via TAP. Visit the main campus bookstore to purchase.

  • Expo Train

    • Emeritus - 4th Street Station (12 min walk)

    • Main campus- 17th Street (12 min walk or BBB #41 or 42 or SMC shuttle)

    • PAC campus- 17th Street (10 min walk or BBB #41 or 42 or SMC shuttle)

    • Center for Media and Design - Bergamot Station (4 min walk)

    • Bundy / Airport campuses - (catch the BBB #14 from the Bundy Station)

    Transferring from BBB to the Expo only costs $.50 when using SMC ID with current AS sticker and TAP card purchased at bookstore on main campus. Student monthly pass is $43. More Expo info.

  • Mobile Apps

    New apps take the guesswork out of planning your trip by aggregating real-time data from nearby transit agencies. Check arrival times, find closest stops, plan your route, weigh your options...so you don't waste your time. 

    Transit App - Real time schedule updates for all nearby transit options.
    Go LA - Plan & compare trip options in the LA region and track goals.
    Google Maps - Trip planning for walking, biking, transit and driving.
    NextBus - Real time arrival info & vehicle locations for BBB & Metro.

  • SMC Shuttles

    Big Blue Bus and LYFT Shared provide frequent shuttle service from the main campus to Bundy, Center for Media and Design and the Performing Arts Center.

    View the Intercampus Shuttle page​.​​

  • Mode

    Mobility on Demand Every Day.

    $.50​​ Lyft rides around town using MODE, a curb-to-curb, on-demand transportation program for older adults (at least 60 years old) and persons with disabilities (at least 18 years old) who live in the City of Santa Monica. Participate by registering with MODE 310.394.9871. 

  • The Free Ride

    The Free Ride​ is a sponsored shuttle service that loops in the Downtown SM area and Montana Ave. Riders can flag a Free Ride down or text 310-895-9204 for pickup. Just hop on and off as you wish. For more information visit  or email Jason Bagley at Jason@santamonicafreeride.com

  • GoGoGrandparent

    GoGoGrandparent is a concierge-type service that lets people use Lyft and Uber without a smartphone, with rides monitored by 24/7 operators and alerts for families. Call (855) 464-6872 to start. 

  • Carpool, Vanpool and Ride-Hailing

    Carpool - Find another SMC rider via www.corsaircommute or check out Metro's Ride Match for a larger pool of drivers in Los Angeles.

    Ride Hailing -                                                                                                  -For uberPOOL, use promo code uberpoolsmc2016 for $20 first ride.         -For Lyft Shared​, use promo code SMC18 for $10 off your first shared ride.

    Vanpool - Find a spot in an existing van or start one.​

  • Waze Carpool

    Waze Carpool​ matches drivers and riders who are commuting from the same location to the same destination at the same time. Be a driver and make a little each way or be a rider and save. *Rides must be set up the day before to ensure it gets matched and confirmed. Rides are free till Oct 27th, 2018.

  • Breeze Bike Share

    Over 500 bikes to choose from around Santa Monica with many located at every campus for those short trips to campus from the bus or Expo line, off campus to get lunch or run errands, or to another campus for class.

    Become a member or rent by the hour. Special SMC student rate* is $7 per month for 90 minutes of ride time per day. *Must use your smc.edu email. 

  • Electric Waive Car Rental

    Free electric car rental for first 2 hours. No cost to join.

    There is a 20 mile driving radius limit from Santa Monica. International and out-of-state licenses okay.

    Cars must be returned to Santa Monica and parked legally. Join at Waivecar

  • Bike Repair

    SMC Bike Club repairs minor problems (flats & squeaks) for FREE Tue & Thu during club hours at the Pearl Bike Lot on main campus.

    Free stand time and bike maintenance support at Bikerowave, for anyone with a current AS sticker on their SMC ID card.​

  • Parking

    If you absolutely must drive to Emeritus campus, plan extra time for traffic and parking which are particularly challenging in the downtown area. Parking Structure 2 (PS2) is the closest lot. The first 90 minutes are free in public lots and Emeritus students can get validated for another 30 minutes. After that, the rates are $1.25 for the next one hour; $1.85 each additional 30 minutes; and $17.50 daily maximum per entry. To park at any other SMC campus you must have a current parking decal. Parking decals for SMC's Bundy and Airport campuses are FREE and shuttles are available to the main campus. All other campuses require paid parking decals. Get a parking decal on Corsair Connect or in person at the Bursar's Office.

  • Pedestrian Zone

    All campuses are a mandatory dismount zone. Please ride to campus but not through campus. Dismount from bikes, skateboards, and scooters or risk a citation.

Electric Scooters: At Santa Monica College, we care deeply about your safety. With the recent influx of electric scooters from Bird Rides, Inc., we thought it was important to give you a quick look at the state laws regarding electric scooters, so that you can be safe. Please note that Bird Scooters are NOT allowed on any of Santa Monica College’s campuses.

California Vehicle Code (CVC) 407.5(a) defines a motorized scooter as any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor. CVC 21235 mandates that all scooter riders in California:

  • Must wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet
  • Have a valid driver license
  • Ride on the road and remain off sidewalks
  • May not park scooters on a sidewalk in a position that blocks pedestrian paths

Be very aware of your surroundings as you may not be seen or heard by other vehicles. Drive cautiously and defensively. Please be safe and be a responsible rider. Use common sense: don’t forget that these scooters are motorized vehicles, not toys, operating on streets.

Printable Maps

If the maps on our Transportation web pages are not accessible to you, contact Manuel Islas by telephone at (310) 434-3554 or email at islas_manuel@smc.edu.

Transportation Task Force at SMC

Way to go logoInterested in being a part of the solution? Attend the Transportation Task Force meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 1 – 2:30 pm. Meetings located at 1744 Pearl Street.

A draft of the new sustainable transportation plan can be found here: PDF FileSustainable Transportation Planning Matrix