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Transportation at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College encourages everyone to find a way to get to the main campus without the need to park a car there.

VIsit www.smc.edu/transportation to learn about the transportation services and choices available at SMC.

Then head to the FREE personalized trip planner corsaircommute.com to explore customized point-to-point options, with features that include costs, times, and route maps, as well as health and sustainability factors such as calories burned and CO2 emitted.

Commute Options

Santa Monica College has always enjoyed a unique geographical advantage. We’re easy to get to by bus and—starting May 20, 2016—by train on the recently completed Metro Rail Expo Line.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB): Big Blue Bus offers several direct lines to SMC, including its satellite campuses (Airport Arts, Bundy, Performing Arts Center, or Center for Media and Design). Find route maps and schedules online at the Big Blue Bus website.

“Any Line, Any Time” At No Cost: All SMC students with a current student I.D. AND paid AS membership can ride ANY Big Blue Bus ANY time for FREE! Your SMC student I.D. must first be swipe-activated. Special thanks go to the SMC Associated Students for funding this major expansion of SMC’s transportation initiative improving access to SMC and reducing traffic and air pollution.

Metro Rail Expo Line: Metro Rail Expo Line offers train service from Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles, with connections to transit to other areas. The 17th Street/Santa Monica College Station is a short bike ride or walk from the main campus, and Big Blue Bus Lines 41 and 42 operate between the station and the main campus. Student discount pass available at the SMC bookstore and online. See www.metro.net for schedules, fares, connections, and other details.

Carpools/Vanpools & Ride Hailing: Find carpool matches at corsaircommute.com and vanpool matches at www.vride.com. Also, use the “Pool” version of ride hailing when possible, and get your first ride (up to $20) free on uberPooL! Go to www.smc.edu/uberpool for details.

Breeze Bike Share: Rental bikes are available—with special SMC student rates—on every campus and at other convenient locations throughout Santa Monica for short trips. See www.santamonicabikeshare for details.

Zipcar: Rental cars are available by the hour from Zipcar. See www.zipcar.com for details, and go to www.members.zipcar.com/santamonicacollege for special SMC yearly membership rate.

Waive Car: Free electric car rentals for the first 2 hours ($5.99/additional hour) with a 20 mile driving range from Santa Monica. Visit waivecar.com to join.

Relevant Telephone Numbers

Big Blue Bus Information (310) 451-5444
Metro Information (323) 466-3876
Culver City Bus Information (310) 253-6500
Bursar’s Office (310) 434-4664
Sustainable Transportation (310) 434-3909

SMC Parking

On-Campus Parking

Planning where you park to come to SMC is VERY important, because parking spaces are limited, and street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods is restricted on most days and evenings. SMC campus parking decals are NOT VALID AT ANY TIME on neighborhood streets.

Students who drive to SMC may purchase a decal to park on the main campus, Performing Arts Center, or the new Center for Media and Design. FREE parking is available at these satellite locations: Bundy and Airport Arts but a free decal must be obtained.

Student decals for parking on the main campus, Performing Arts Center, or Center for Media and Design cost $85 for the Fall or Spring semester, and $45 for the Summer or Winter session. Parking decals may be purchased through Corsair Connect or in person at the Bursar’s Office.

Student decals for parking at the Bundy and Airport Arts campuses are free. Decals may be requested online through Corsair Connect (smc.edu/cc).

Visitor Parking: Visitors who have not made prior arrangements with Campus Police may park—for $10 per day, with no in-and-out privileges—in the Visitor Parking area at Lot 6, located at 14th and Pico.

Accessible Parking: The display of a DMV accessible placard (or plate) AND an SMC parking decal entitles you to park in any accessible, student, or staff parking space.

An important caution: Because car alarms are disruptive to other students and our neighbors, cars with activated alarms in the SMC parking areas will be TOWED IMMEDIATELY at YOUR expense.

Relevant Telephone Numbers

Parking Information (310) 434-4608
Center for Students With Disabilities (310) 434-4265
Bursar’s Office (310) 434-4664
College Police (310) 434-4608 or 434-4300

Shuttle & Satellite Campus Parking

Bundy (BUNDY) / Airport Arts (AIR) – Students may park free at SMC’s Bundy and Airport Arts campuses and then ride the SMC shuttle and BBB #44 to the main campus at no cost with student ID. You will need a free satellite campus parking decal, available online through Corsair Connect.

The Big Blue Bus operates the SMC Campus Connector 44 during the day Monday through Friday, connecting the main campus and Bundy/ Airport campus, and SMC operates an evening shuttle between the two campuses. Another option is to take the BBB #14 from the Expo train at the Bundy Station.

Center for Media and Design (CMD) – Student decals for parking at the Center for Media and Design cost $85 for the Fall or Spring semester, and $45 for the Summer or Winter session. These decals are also valid for parking at all campuses.

SMC offers a FREE intercampus shuttle from the Center for Media and Design to the main campus. The main campus shuttle stop is located on Pico Blvd. at 16th Street. Parking at CMD is ONLY for individuals with a class or business at that campus.

The CMD is also served by BBB lines 5, 16, and 43, and Metro’s Expo train at 26th Street/Bergamot Station.

Performing Arts Center (PAC) – Student decals for parking at the Performing Arts Center cost $85 for the Fall or Spring semester, and $45 for the Summer or Winter session. These decals are also valid for parking at all campuses.

SMC offers a FREE intercampus shuttle from the Performing Arts Center to main campus Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. The shuttle runs every 22 minutes. The main campus shuttle stop is located on Pico Blvd., in front of Parking Structure 4.

For up-to-date information, and to find shuttle schedule times and hours of operation, visit the SMC Transporation website and click on the “Intercampus Shuttles” link.

Graphic of the SMC College Campuses and Transit Map

Motorcycles, Mopeds,Bicycles, Etc.

Motorcycle and moped parking is free. Motorcycles and mopeds may be parked ONLY in specially designated areas of Structure 3 and Lot 5.

The SMC Bike Park, located on Pearl Street (near the Media Center and Math Complex), provides 400 bike spaces, 60 skateboard parking slots, a DIY repair station, and a hydration station. Additional bike racks are conveniently located at several points on campus: by the ESL building at the southwest corner of campus, at both ends of the Science Complex, and near the Business building, Parking Structure 3, and Art Complex. Bicycles may be parked ONLY in designated areas.

The use of skateboards, hoverboards, roller skates, or roller blades is prohibited on campus.

Public Transit

Santa Monica College has always enjoyed a unique geographical advantage. We’re easy to get to by bus and by train on the Metro Rail Expo Line.

Big Blue Bus (BBB): The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus offers several direct lines to SMC’s main campus, as well as intercampus shuttle service at various times of day. Route maps and schedules are available at the Campus Store, through the bus lines themselves, and on the Big Blue Bus website. “Any Line, Any Time” At No Cost: All SMC students with a current student I.D. AND paid AS membership can ride ANY Big Blue Bus ANY time for FREE! Your SMC student I.D. must first be swipe-activated. Special thanks go to the SMC Associated Students for funding this major expansion of SMC’s transportation initiative improving access to SMC and reducing traffic and air pollution.

Expo Train: Metro Rail Expo Line offers train service from Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles, with connections to transit to other areas. The 17th Street/Santa Monica College Station is a 12-minute walk from the main campus, BBB lines 41 and 42 operate between the station and the main campus, and the SMC shuttle makes a stop there, too. Student Metro discounted passes available online. See the Metro website for schedules, fares, connections, and other details.

Carpools/Vanpools & Ride Hailing: Find carpool matches at corsaircommute.com and vanpool matches at vride.com. To save money and reduce congestion, use the “Pool” version of ride hailing when possible. Always set pickup and drop off at Pico and 19th, NOT Pearl Street.

Breeze Bike Share: Rental bikes are available—with special SMC student rates—on every campus and at other convenient locations throughout Santa Monica. See santamonicabikeshare for details. Use your SMC email to get the discount.

Zipcar: Rental cars are available by the hour from Zipcar. See zipcar.com for details, and go to zipcar.com/santamonicacollege for a special SMC yearly membership rate.

Waive Car: Free electric car rentals for the first 2 hours ($5.99/additional hour) with a 20-mile driving range from Santa Monica. Visit waivecar.com to join.

Relevant Telephone Numbers

Big Blue Bus Information (310) 451-5444
Metro Information (310) 466-3876
Culver City Bus Information (310) 253-6500
Bursar’s Office (310) 434-4608 or 434-4664

Safety Escort Service

Your safety is a key element to quality education. To protect members of the SMC community, the College provides students, staff, and faculty attending evening sessions with walking escorts within the area bounded by Delaware Street, 21st Street, Ocean Park Boulevard, and 14th Street.

The FREE Escort Service is provided Monday through Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

To reach the Escort Service, simply dial 4300 from any telephone on campus. An Escort will meet you anywhere within the service area and walk you to your destination.

Relevant Telephone Numbers

Escort Service (from campus phone) 4300
College Police – General Information (310) 434-4608

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