University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Exploring Los Angeles


Buses and Trains

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

(323) 466-3876


Buses run 24 hours on major routes; otherwise service hours vary. Timetables are available on the MTA Website.

Rail Destinations
  • Blue Line runs north and south between Long Beach and Los Angeles.
  • Expo Line runs from Culver City to the edge of campus and into Downtown, where it connects with the Red/Purple Line and Blue Line.
  • Green Line crosses Blue Line, running east and west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach, curving south near Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Gold Line connects with Red Line at Union Station and runs northeast to Pasadena and southeast into East L.A.
  • Purple Line shares six stations with the Red Line downtown and continues to the Mid-Wilshire area.
  • Red Line subway meets Blue Line in Los Angeles and provides service through Downtown, between Union Station, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, where it meets the Orange Line transitway.
Bus Stops

See Website for schedules. USC Transportation provides copies of schedules and sells monthly passes.


Base fare for buses or trains $1.50 each way. Day passes are available for $5 and save you money after four boardings. Additional zone charges apply on some lines.

Student Discount

Obtain an application for college student monthly pass online at or from USC Transportation on campus. Student monthly pass $36.


(213) 808-2273

Route F runs between USC and downtown Los Angeles. Buses run every 10 minutes from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and every 20 minutes from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on weekends. See Website for additional routes.


50 cents each way.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies serve Los Angeles International and/or Bob Hope airports.


(800) 777-5500

Minimum age 21; up to $20 per day surcharge for ages 21-24; car restrictions also apply.


(800) GO ALAMO

Minimum age 21. Rental rates may be higher for drivers age 21-24.


(800) 800-3665

Minimum age 21; $25 per day surcharge for ages 21-24.


(800) 261-7331

Nearest Non-airport Location

1944 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 746-6654

Minimum age 21; $5 to $30 per day surcharge for ages 21-24 (varies with location).



Minimum age 21; $25 per day surcharge for ages 21-24.


USC has partnered with Yellow Cab to provide alternative transportation for USC students. Yellow Cab will accept USCard for payment, tip included, to destinations within its service area. For more information call (800) USC-TAXI or visit

Fares for all Los Angeles County-licensed taxi companies are $2.85 for first 1/9th mile; 30 cents for each additional 1/9th mile; 30 cents for each 37 seconds waiting time and/or traffic delay ($29.19 per hour). Trips originating from LAX additional $2.50. Charge for trips to/from LAX and downtown is $49. Visit for map of areas each company serves.

Bell Cab

(888) BELLCAB or
(888) 481-2345

Beverly Hills Cab Company

(800) 273-6611

Checker Cab

(800) 300-5007

City Cab

(818) 780-1000 or
(800) 750-4400

Independent Cab Co.

(800) 521-8294

United Checker Cab

(877) 201-TAXI

United Independent Taxi

(213) 483-7669 or
(323) 653-5050 or
(800) 822-8294

United Taxi of San Fernando Valley

(818) 780-1234 or
(800) 290-5600

Yellow Cab Co.

(877) 733-3305

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