Transportation

The University of San Francisco provides a number of commuter incentive programs and services to the University community. These programs have been implemented in order to comply with the State of California's Clean Air Quality Act, American Disabilities Act and in a constant effort to better manage University parking resources.

Ride Waze Carpool for $1 through November 30! View promotion details here.

Public Transportation

Visit www.511.org to find complete information on all of the public transportation options, traffic alerts, and green transportation alternatives in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.

MUNI

MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway) operates San Francisco's buses, subways, streetcars, and historic cable cars. Undergraduate students have a semester pass for all SF Muni lines incorporated into their tuition. Undergraduate students may pick up the SF Muni pass beginning the first day of the fall and spring semesters in the University Center building. Muni passes are only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students must have their USF One Card in order to pick up their SF Muni pass.

Muni offers a discounted monthly pass for individuals on a limited income. The Lifeline Pass is offered at a 50% discount off the standard adult monthly pass price. To find out more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the SFMTA website

Popular bus routes for USF include:

  • Stops within 1 block of USF: 5/5R Fulton (runs 24/7), 31 Balboa, 43 Masonic.
  • Stops within 1-3 blocks of USF: 38 Geary (runs 24/7), 21 Hayes, 33 Stanyan.

Wheelchair access varies per route, but all Metro (underground) stations are fully accessible.

Check Muni times at NextBus

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Phone: (415) 673-6864
Web: www.sfmuni.com

BART

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) rail lines link San Francisco with the East Bay and Colma. In San Francisco, trains run under Market Street with stops at the Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street, and the Civic Center Stations.

TRAIN HOURS:

  • Monday-Friday, 4:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - midnight

All BART stations and cars are wheelchair accessible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 989-2278
Web: www.bart.gov

AC Transit

AC Transit buses connect San Francisco with East Bay cities in the counties of Alameda and west Contra Costa, including the cities of Oakland and Berkeley. In San Francisco, AC Transit buses depart daily from Transbay Terminal located at First and Mission Streets.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (510) 817-1717
Web: www.actransit.org

Caltrain

Caltrain provides rail service daily between San Francisco and San Jose. Trains are scheduled to accommodate commuter travel.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (800) 660-4287
Web: www.caltrain.com

Golden Gate Bus

Golden Gate Bus transit serves San Francisco and North Bay communities including Sausalito, Mill Valley, and other towns as far north as Santa Rosa.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 455-2000
Web: www.goldengatetransit.org

Golden Gate Ferry

Golden Gate Ferry Service provides daily service between the San Francisco Ferry Building and terminals in Larkspur and Sausalito.

Ferries are wheelchair accessible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 455-2000
Web: www.goldengateferry.org

Amtrak

Amtrak provides train service throughout California. USF students are eligible for a 15% student discount

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL
Web: www.amtrak.com/san-joaquins

Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits

All faculty and staff are eligible to set aside pre-tax dollars for qualified commuting expenses up to the monthly IRS limit. Additionally, full-time faculty and staff who do not have a university parking permit and who are not listed on a carpool parking permit may qualify for a USF commuter subsidy contribution of up to $70 per month. For more information, please visit Human Resources' Commuter Benefits web page.

Guaranteed Trip Home Program

The Guaranteed Trip Home Program is available to faculty and staff whom either carpool or take public transit to work. The program is intended for those employees who live within the Bay Area and are forced with an emergency that requires an immediate departure from campus to home.

Bicycling

BIKE RACKS:

USF has approximately 60 bike racks around campus. The location of the bike racks can be found on our campus parking map. It is prohibited to secure a bicycle to anything other than a bicycle rack or to anything in an area that isn't designated by a proper bicycle parking sign. Please review the bicycle parking policy for more information regarding bicycle parking. For tips on bicycle theft prevention, click here.

BIKE ROUTE MAPS:

BICYCLE SAFETY:

Please review the following policies on abandoned bicycles on campus:

Carpool, Vanpool, and Rideshare Options

The following are public carpool matching options:

Chariot

Chariot offers fast and reliable commuter shuttle service across San Francisco and the Bay Area for as little as $3 per ride. Full time, benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible to ride Chariot for $1 per ride. Rides can be booked, paid for, and tracked via the convenient mobile app.

Check out the current Chariot routes: https://www.chariot.com/routes

  • The Richmond Racer (AM) and Geary Galloper (PM) stop at USF, BART, Caltrain, and other connecting transit locations in downtown San Francisco. 

For more information on the subsidy for faculty and staff and how to get started with Chariot, check out the Chariot page.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (844) 692-4274
Web: https://www.chariot.com/

Uber

USF students will soon be able to use Don's Dollars to pay for their Uber rides. Stay tuned for updates on this process. Uber is a mobile app-based ride service where riders can reserve a car, track the gps location of the car, and pay for the ride via the app. 

https://www.uber.com/

Zipcar

USF is now home to 6 Zipcars located in the Upper Koret lot. Students 18+ can apply for discounted membership fees using your USF email address.

Right now, Students can join for just $15, and receive $15 in driving credit instantly! Just enter the code usfzipcar when you are registering. (Credit applies to new members only.)

Faculty and Staff can join for just $25 a year, with no annual fee! ($60 savings)

Zipcar members have access to cars around the city for an hourly fee, with flexible options to extend or cancel a reservation by phone or through the Zipcar app for iphones.

To see which driving plans match your needs or to become a USF Zipcar member, visit Zipcar @ USF today!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 495-7478
Web: http://www.zipcar.com/universities/university-of-san-francisco

Airport Transportation via Supershuttle

Heading to the airport? Supershuttle offers discounted rates to USF students for rides to SFO and OAK. Book via the Supershuttle website or app using discount code: USF16