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Ride the Bus to Campus

CSULB Parking and Transportation Services encourages the use of public transportation as a form of sustainable transportation that reduces the university's carbon footprint.


CSULB has partnered with Long Beach Transit to offer the U-PASS TAP Card Program, which provides free transit on all Long Beach Transit buses to eligible students, faculty and staff.

Obtaining TAP cards

To obtain your U-PASS TAP card, please visit the Cashier's Office located on the 1st floor of Brotman Hall, Mon.-Fri., 9 am - 5 pm. U-PASS TAP cards are available to all enrolled students and staff/faculty members currently employed by the university and auxiliary organizations. Please bring a valid CSULB ID.

Student cards are not active during times that they are not enrolled in classes; this includes summer. Students who are not enrolled in the summer session but are employed by the university during this time will continue to have an active TAP card.

Replacing TAP cards

Save TAP cards for future use if planning to attend classes during upcoming semesters. A fee will be charged to replace a lost or discarded TAP card. TAP cards can be obtained at the Cashier's Office at BH-148, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Adding credits to TAP cards

Students and staff members can also add credits to their CSULB TAP cards. Additional credits may be useful for riding other LA Metro transit lines or to travel on Long Beach Transit bus lines when not enrolled in classes.

Please use one of the following methods to load credits onto your TAP card:

  1. At a Kiosk. Use a TAP vending machine at any Metro Rail station.
  2. By phone. Call (866) TAP-TOGO. Passes loaded this way must be purchased at least 48 hours in advance of use.
  3. In person. Visit a Metro Customer Center or anywhere TAP is sold.

NOTE: The CSULB U-PASS TAP card cannot be loaded via online methods at this time.

To purchase bus passes for riding the Long Beach Transit when your CSULB TAP card privileges are not active, please visit LB Transit Pass Sales.

Los Angeles and Orange County

Coming to campus from Los Angeles: Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

The MTA 577 Express comes directly to the campus, and the Metro Blue Line train comes to downtown Long Beach, where riders can transfer to a Long Beach Transit bus to complete their trip to campus. CSULB faculty and staff may receive a reimbursement for the purchase of MTA transit fare by following these administrative guidelines. CSULB students taking 12 units or more may apply for a discounted TAP Card by downloading an application and following the instructions on Metro’s website. Plan your trip by calling 800.COMMUTE or by visiting

Coming to campus from Orange County: Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)

OCTA Routes 1, 50 and 60 come directly to campus. Route 1 offers a beautiful and relaxing ride down Pacific Coast Highway from Dana Point to CSULB. The 50 is the bus to take from the campus to go directly to Disneyland, Anaheim Stadium, or the Honda Center. Route 60 provides a direct connection from Leisure World to the campus. CSULB faculty and staff may receive a reimbursement for the purchase of OCTA transit fare by following these administrative guidelines. Plan your trip by calling
(714) 636-RIDE or by visiting