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Transportation at SMC

SMC students & staff are encouraged to use

to find the best way to get to campus.

  • SMC Employees can earn monthly incentives for participating

  • It's a free personalized trip planner that provides all options in one screen including costs, time, route maps, calories burned and CO2 emitted.

More reasons than ever to ditch the car!

64% of SMC students get to campus by alternative modes. They know that a bus, train, carpool, bike or walk saves money and reduces the stress of driving and parking. Be like them.

Big Blue Bus

Ride Free. Any Line, Any Time, thanks to SMC and the Associated Students. Simply pay your AS fees, swipe your card, ride the bus and save money, time and the air! Several BBB lines service various SMC campuses. Visit the BBB website for more info.
• New students & staff ID cards are ready to use!
• Returning students & staff must re-activate* cards at the Bursar’s office each semester.
* Remember, you'll need your student/staff ID number to re-active your card.

Carpool, Vanpool and Ride-Hailing

Carpool - Find a match by signing up at, enter your address and ride preferences to see who lives along your route.

uberPOOL - Free first ride for uberPOOL users up to $20. Use code: uberpoolSMC2016 (more info about uberPOOL)
**All pickup/ drop offs should be on Pico and 19th Street on main campus. Please do NOT use Pearl Street. 

Vanpool - more info about Vanpool


SMC Shuttles

SMC provides a shuttle service that runs from the Bundy campus and the Performing Arts Center. This shuttle is free and runs frequently. View the SMC shuttle schedule. To avoid traffic congestion around the main campus, park at one of SMC’s many satellite or shuttle lots and hop on board.



Make the most of Santa Monica's climate; save time, money, and stay healthy by riding to SMC.

SMC has state of the art bike parking, with over 400 bike and skateboard racks. It’s important to properly lock your bike. Bikes that are locked to hand rails and other structures outside of designated bike racks will be impounded. Biking maps, routes, Bike Club info, safety tips, and resources available here.


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 - $7 per month for 90 minutes of ride time per day.


Expo Train

Metro's Expo line stops at 17th and Colorado, only a 10 minute walk or 4 minute bike ride to the main or PAC campuses. There are Breeze Bikes to rent or the SMC shuttle and BBB lines 41, 42 & 44 can ferry you to and from the main and Bundy/Airport campuses. BBB 14 runs from Bundy Expo Station to Bundy/ Airport campus. The student monthly Metro pass is $43 a month. When transfering from a BBB to the Expo using a current AS sticker, the cost is only 50 cents. Be alert and look both ways when crossing. More info on the Expo Train.


Bike Repair

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

Anyone with a current AS sticker on their SMC ID are eligible to receive free bike maintenance support at Bikerowave, a bike shop on Venice @ Centinela. 

DIY fix it stands, pumps and tools are available 24/7 at the Pearl Street Bike Lot.



Rent a Zipcar by the hour for short trips.

Students 18 or older can rent any one of over 100 Zipcars around LA. 2 cars located on Pearl Street at 17th with dedicated parking spots. Special SMC $15 annual membership rate +pay by the hour but gas and insurance are included. Apply now to get approved.


Electric Waive Car Rental

Free electric car rental for first 2 hours. $5.99/ hr after. No cost to join.

Must be 21+ to rent and 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. Visit Waivecar to join.


Mobile Apps

These new apps take the guesswork out of planning your trip by aggregating real-time data from nearby bus, train, bike share and car share services. Check arrival times, find closest stops, plan your route, way your options. Never waste time at a bus stop again.

Transit App



If you absolutely must drive to campus, plan extra time for traffic and parking which are particularly difficult during the first three weeks of classes. To park on any of the SMC campuses you must have a current parking decal. Parking decals for SMC's Bundy, Airport and Performing Arts Campuses are FREE and shuttles are available to each campus. Parking decals may be requested through Corsair Connect or picked up in person at the Bursar's office. More details about parking lots, decals, and other related info can be found at the SMC parking website.

Printable Maps

If the maps on our Transportation web pages are not accessible to you, please contact Manuel Islas by telephone at 310-434-3554 or email at

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Transportation Task Force
at Santa Monica College

Interested in being a part of the solution? Attend the Transportation Task Force meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Meetings are located in HSS 261.


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