​​​​​Transportation Options

SMC Students Taking Metro

Santa Monica is now one of the most transit-connected cities in L.A. and 70% of our students get to campus by alternative modes. They know that a bus, train, carpool, bike or walking trip saves money and reduces the stress of commuting and parking.

Tip: If you must drive, we recommend you head straight to Bundy Campus which has plenty of parking. The parking decals are free and so are the shuttles that run to main campus every 15 minutes. Shuttle drops off at 17th and Pearl at the main campus.

Students & staff can use CorsairCommute.com to find the best way to get to campus.

  • It's a free personalized trip planner that provides all options (bike, walk, transit, carpool and car) in one screen, including costs, time, route maps, calories burned and CO2 emitted.
  • SMC employees can earn monthly incentives for participating.
  • Big Blue Bus

    Ride Free. Any Line, Any Time, thanks to SMC and the Associated Students. Simply pay your AS fees, swipe your card, ride the bus and save money, time and the air! Several BBB lines service various SMC campuses. Visit the BBB website for more info.

    • New students & staff ID cards are ready to use!

    • Returning students & staff must re-activate* cards at the Bursar’s office each semester. (*card re-activation requires student/staff ID number)

    • BBB now only accepts payment via TAP. Visit the bookstore to purchase.

  • Expo Train

    • Main campus- 17th Street (10 min walk or BBB #41 or 42 or SMC shuttle)

    • PAC campus- 17th Street (10 min walk or BBB #41 or 42 or SMC shuttle)

    • Emeritus - 4th Street Station (10 min walk)

    • Center for Media and Design - Bergamot Station (4 min walk)

    • Bundy / Airport campuses - (catch the BBB #14 from the Bundy Station)

    Transferring from BBB to the Expo only costs 50 cents when using SMC ID with current AS sticker and TAP card. Student monthly pass is $43. More Expo info.

  • Carpool, Vanpool and Ride-Hailing

    Carpool - Find another SMC rider via www.corsaircommute or check out Metro's Ride Match for a larger pool of drivers in Los Angeles.

    Ride Hailing - New Drop Off/Pick Up Zone for Lyft/Uber rides on Pico Blvd. between 17th and 18th Streets, behind Drescher Hall. See the top middle area of the map. Temporary zone due to construction until December 18, 2018. Do not use Pearl Street.
    -For uberPOOL, use promo code uberpoolsmc2016 for $20 first ride.
    -For Lyft Shared​, use promo code SMC18 for $10 off your first shared ride.

    Vanpool - Find a spot in an existing van or start one.

  • Waze Carpool

    Waze Carpool​ matches drivers and riders who are commuting from the same location to the same destination at the same time. Be a driver and make a little each way or be a rider and save. *Rides must be set up the day before to ensure it gets matched and confirmed. Rides are free till Oct 27th, 2018.

  • SMC Shuttles

    Big Blue Bus and LYFT Shared provide frequent shuttle service from the main campus to Bundy, Center for Media and Design and the Performing Arts Center.

    View the Intercampus Shuttle page​.

    Tip: FREE and plentyful parking at Bundy lot. Buses to and ​​fro​m main  campus run every 14 min. Save money and time searching for parking.

  • Breeze Bike Share

    Over 500 bikes to choose from around Santa Monica with many located at every campus for those short trips to campus from the bus or Expo line, off campus to get lunch or run errands, or to another campus for class.

    Become a member or rent by the hour. Special SMC student rate is $7 per month for 90 minutes of ride time per day.

  • Bike Repair

    SMC Bike Club repairs minor problems (flats & squeaks) for FREE Tue & Thu during club hours at the Pearl Bike Lot.

    Free bike maintenance support at Bikerowave, for anyone with a current AS sticker on their SMC ID card.

    DIY stands with pumps and tools are available 24/7 at Pearl Street Bike Lot.

  • Electric Waive Car Rental

    Free electric car rental for first 2 hours. $5.99/ hr after. No cost to join.

    Must be 21+ to rent and there is a 20 mile driving radius limit from Santa Monica.

    International and out-of-state licenses okay.

    Cars must be returned to Santa Monica and parked legally. Join at Waivecar

  • Mobile Apps

    These new apps take the guesswork out of planning your trip by aggregating real-time data from nearby bus, train, bike share and car share services. Check arrival times, find closest stops, plan your route, weigh your options. Never waste time at a bus stop again.

    Transit App - Real time schedule updates for all nearby transit options.
    Go LA - Plan & compare trip options in the LA region and track goals.
    Google Maps - Trip planning for walking, biking, transit and driving.
    NextBus - Real time arrival info & vehicle locations for BBB & Metro.

  • Parking

    If you absolutely must drive to campus, plan extra time for traffic and parking which are particularly difficult during the first three weeks of classes. To park on any of the SMC campuses you must have a current parking decal. Parking decals for SMC's Bundy and Airport campuses are FREE and shuttles are available to each campus. All other campuses require paid parking decals. Get a parking decal on Corsair Connect or in person at the Bursar's Office.

  • Pedestrian Zone

    Please ride to campus but not through campus. Dismount from bikes, skateboards, and scooters or risk a citation.

Electric Scooters: At Santa Monica College, we care deeply about your safety. With the recent influx of electric scooters from Bird Rides, Inc., we thought it was important to give you a quick look at the state laws regarding electric scooters, so that you can be safe. Please note that Bird Scooters are NOT allowed on any of Santa Monica College’s campuses.

California Vehicle Code (CVC) 407.5(a) defines a motorized scooter as any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor. CVC 21235 mandates that all scooter riders in California:

  • Must wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet
  • Have a valid driver license
  • Ride on the road and remain off sidewalks
  • May not park scooters on a sidewalk in a position that blocks pedestrian paths

Be very aware of your surroundings as you may not be seen or heard by other vehicles. Drive cautiously and defensively. Please be safe and be a responsible rider. Use common sense: don’t forget that these scooters are motorized vehicles, not toys, operating on streets.

Printable Maps

If the maps on our Transportation web pages are not accessible to you, contact Manuel Islas by telephone at (310) 434-3554 or email at islas_manuel@smc.edu.

Transportation Task Force at SMC

Way to go logoInterested in being a part of the solution? Attend the Transportation Task Force meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 1 – 2:30 pm. Meetings located at 1744 Pearl Street.

A draft of the new sustainable transportation plan can be found here: PDF FileSustainable Transportation Planning Matrix