Alternative Transportation

Gilman Transit Center

About 28,000 (57%) commuters arrive on campus daily on foot, by bike, vanpool, carpool, bus, or something other than a single-occupant vehicle. Alternative transportation commuting save nearly 48,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually (based on comparison to 100% single-occupant vehicle use).




  • Two or more commuters can register their carpool.
  • UC San Diego uses Zimride, a carpool-matching service that networks with Facebook.

Car Sharing

Zipcar, a car sharing network, has 9 vehicles on campus and 2 at the Hillcrest Medical Center available to UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students. Hourly rates includes gas and insurance.


Transportation Services subsidizes a vanpool program with routes that cover San Diego County.

Our Sustainable Vehicles

UC San Diego has one of America's greenest vehicle fleets. More than 50% of our vehicles are hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles.


UC San Diego encourages students, staff, and faculty to bike to campus as an alternative to driving.

  • The Pedal Club offers cycling commuters incentives for riding to campus or medical centers.
  • Triton Bikes transforms abandoned bikes into a free, convenient campus transportation alternative.
  • Find more cycling resources.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

With funding from the Department of Energy’s EV Project, UC San Diego has installed several public electric vehicle charging stations.