Learn About Metrolink

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Metrolink is Southern California's regional passenger rail system operating in six countries across the region. Metrolink serves the campus with two local stations in Downtown Riverside and at the Riverside Hunter Park station. Riverside Transit Agency has several bus routes that run directly from the Riverside Metrolink stations to the UCR campus.  RTA Route 1 will take you from the Riverside Metrolink station to UCR at Bannockburn.  RTA Route 16 will take you from the Riverside Metrolink station to UCR at Campus Drive. RTA Route 52 will take you from the Riverside Hunter Park station to UCR at Bannockburn.

Metrolink provides a 25% student discount to those with a valid Student ID. Tickets can be purchased via Metrolink's mobile app or at the kiosks located at each train station.

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students who make their daily commute to and from the UC Riverside campus using public transit are eligible to participate in the Public Transit Program. Registered participants cannot hold a daytime commuter parking permit.

You must enroll in the Alternative Transportation Program to receive incentives. Eligibility of incentives is subject to verification using University electronic records.

Complimentary Parking Privileges

Registered Public Transit participants are eligible to receive a complimentary parking allotment for days they cannot commute using public transportation. Program participants are provided a prorated permit allotment - 4 permits per month. Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are issued on a quarterly basis. Parking allotments are easily accessible  through the A/T Daily Web Permit application.

In lieu of receiving complimentary daily permits, participants may choose a Night parking permit as their complimentary parking incentive. Night permits are only valid after 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.

Take the worry out of ridesharing.  Faculty or staff enrolled in the Transit Program are eligible to participate in the Regional Guaranteed Ride Home Program offered through IE Commuter.  The program reimburses you for up to two emergency rides per year when using Lyft, Taxi, or Uber to get home in an emergency.   The program is intended for personal and family emergencies or unscheduled overtime at the request of your supervisor. It is not available for rides to work, scheduled appointments or planned overtime.

For complete program rules go to IE511.org

To arrange for an Emergency Ride Home:

  • Arrange your own ride home via Lyft, Uber, Taxi, or other such ride-hailing services.
  • Save receipt(s).  A 15% tip is allowed for reimbursement.
  • Complete the required Reimbursement Claim Form and scan/email along with a copy of the receipt(s) to Transportation Services at alttransportation@ucr.edu.
  • Transportation Services will verify, sign, and submit to IE Commuter for reimbursement.
  • Program is valid for up to two emergency ride homes each fiscal year.

For further details, call Transportation Services at (951) 827-8277.