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Hey, college students – here’s how to save money riding Big Blue Bus!

Santa Monica College
U-Pass Program


BruinGO! TAP U-Pass*

The quarterly BruinGO! TAP U-Pass allows UCLA students, faculty and staff unlimited travel on Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus for an entire academic quarter for the low cost of $45 for students and $55 for faculty and staff.

The TAP U-Pass is sold by UCLA Transportation online or in person by visiting the Central Ticket Office.

Bruin Grad Pass

The Bruin Grad Pass programs allows UCLA graduate students unlimited travel on Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, and LA Metro bus and rail for an entire academic quarter (excluding summer), for the low cost of $25 (assessed a student fee). Students also have access to one (1) additional long-distance commuter line serving campus, including Long Beach Transit, LADOT Commuter Express, Santa Clarita Transit, and Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

Students can log in to UCLA’s transit portal to register for the pass, then pick-up the pass at the Central Ticket Office. For more information about the Bruin Grad Pass, please visit UCLA Transportation

TAP Co-Pay

UCLA students, faculty and staff who ride occasionally can still receive a discounted rate on Big Blue Bus, by loading a "UCLA Co-Pay Pass" on their TAP card. The Co-Pay Pass on TAP can only be loaded by UCLA Transportation either online or in person by visiting the Central Ticket Office.

Before you use your Co-Pay Pass, you will need to load Stored Value (works like cash) on your TAP card. Stored Value can be loaded at the locations noted above, as well as any TAP vendor location or ticket vending machine (typically located at Metro Rail stations), or by calling 1-866-TAPTOGO.

When riding Big Blue Bus, tap your card and $0.70 in Stored Value will be automatically deducted. Students, faculty, and staff using the Co-Pay Pass do not need to present a UCLA ID to board Big Blue Bus.

*Includes Senior Students ages 62+.

Visit UCLA Transportation for all the details.

Santa Monica College

SMC students must use a mobile pass to ride Big Blue Bus.

If you're an SMC student, here's how to get your mobile pass:

  • Pay your $10 A.S. fees on Corsair Connect.

  • An email from will be sent to you with instructions on how to download the app and register for the pass. Use your account. 

  • Download the Token Transit app to find your mobile pass in the wallet. Use it to board.

  • Student IDs are no longer accepted to board the bus.

  • Read this FAQ for details about the mobile pass. Contact with questions. 

U-Pass Program 

The U-Pass Program is a reduced-fare transit pass for enrolled college students offering unlimited rides on Big Blue Bus, Culver CityBus, DASH, GTrans, LA Metro bus and rail, Long Beach Transit, Montebello Bus Lines, Norwalk Transit, Pasadena Transit, and Torrance Transit.

Questions on how to participate? We got you covered!

How do I sign up?

  • Check the list of participating colleges below. If your school is listed, sign up online through your college website or in person at your college campus.

How much does it cost?

  • Pricing varies depending on your college. Payment to participate is paid directly to your college instead of Big Blue Bus.

How does it work?

  • Your college will issue you a U-Pass sticker embedded with a TAP computer chip that is placed directly on your college I.D.; no separate photo TAP card is required.

How long is it valid?

  • The U-Pass is valid for the whole semester, including breaks.

Who can participate?

  • Full- and part-time students can participate. Check with your college to determine your eligibility.

College campuses currently participating in the U-Pass Program.

  1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  2. California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
  3. California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)
  4. California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
  5. City of Paramount residents who are college students
  6. Compton Community College
  7. El Camino College
  8. International American University
  9. Long Beach Job Corp
  10. Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) College Promise Program
  11. Los Angeles City College (LACC)
  12. Los Angeles Job Corp
  13. Los Angeles Mission College
  14. Los Angeles Pierce College
  15. Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC)
  16. Loyola Marymount University (LMU)
  17. Manual Arts High School
  18. Occidental College
  19. Pasadena City College (PCC)
  20. Rio Hondo College
  21. University of Southern California (USC, Graduate Student Government)

The list of participating colleges is growing, so make sure to visit Metro's U-Pass Program website for the latest updates.