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Carpooling became easier at Santa Clara thanks to Zimride. The University partnered with the social network website for ridesharing in the fall of 2011. The site connects Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff with each other so they can request or offer rides. The service helps reduce the number of single occupancy cars coming to campus, which will ultimately reduce the University's carbon footprint. Visit www.zimride.scu.edu and register with your scu.edu email address.
Santa Clara has partnered with Zipcar to expand transportation opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members. After enrolling in the program on Zipcarʻs web site, participants can choose to reserve a Toyota Prius, Scion xB, or Honda Insight. Most vehicles are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are five vehicles located in the Mission lot and eight located in the Accolti lot. Visit Santa Clara's Zipcar page for more information.
SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools which are vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons. Each carpool will receive five daily parking passes per month for participants’ use during the month of issuance, and must be validated on day of use by Campus Safety at the University’s Main Gate. See the Transportation Services site for the latest information and to register for this benefit program. To start or join an existing carpool, visit Ridematch, a free service of 511.org.
Many students, faculty, and staff use bicycles as a convenient way to get to SCU. Bicycle racks are located throughout campus, as well as a couple fix-it stations. The SCU Bicycle Commuter Program provides an incentive for persons to bicycle to work in support of the University's sustainability goals. Participants must reside more than 1.5 miles from campus. Learn more about bicycle security or view an interactive bikeways map for Santa Clara County.
SCU provides electric vehicle charging stations on campus. These stations are either included in the fee or have a reduced charging cost for campus parking permit holders, whereas non-permit holders are charged for access with prices varying. The stations were installed as part of a grant, and they fill a gap as the nearest stations are at the SJC airport, downtown San Jose, and along the peninsula. Users registered with the ChargePoint Network can see available charging stations online or see SCU's Campus Chargepoint stations in a PDF.
SCU is very fortunate to be located directly across the street from the Santa Clara CalTrain/VTA Transit Station. There is excellent bus and rail service to the area, including a free shuttle to the airport that leaves every 15 minutes. To encourage employee use of public transportation, Santa Clara University offers transit tickets at substantially reduced rates for faculty and staff. Learn more about this employee benefit by visiting the Transportation Services website.
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Oh, the Places You’ll Go! | VTA’s Bus 22
Just across the street from Santa Clara University, where buses and trains at the Santa Clara Transit Center cycle in and out throughout the day, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)’s Bus 22 and Rapid Bus 522 provide limited-stop service along El Camino Real and Santa Clara Street. Bus 22 leaves every 12 minutes during peak hours and mid-day, and every 20-30 minutes during evening hours, seven days a week.
Headed to downtown San Jose? Hop on Bus 22 any day of the week and get off at the Santa Clara and 1st stop to check out San Pedro Square or walk a few blocks to San Fernando Street, then west towards Market Street. Around Market Street, you can check out the San Jose Museum of Art, the latest exhibition at the San Jose Tech Museum, or a movie at Camera 12 Downtown. Watching a Sharks game at HP Pavilion or have tickets to the latest concert? Get off at Santa Clara and Cahill.
- Camera 12 Downtown
Show your Access card and watch a movie any day of the week for $7.50. On Wednesday nights, watch a movie for $6 for shows starting after 6:00 pm for Camera 12’s Student Night.
- First Fridays
The first Friday of most months, head downtown for South FIRST FRIDAYS, a self-guided evening tour through the galleries, museums, and creative businesses in the South First Street area. The next First Friday art walk will be on Friday, May 3rd.
How to Pay
If you are paying with cash, place the exact fare in the fare box, as the bus operators do not carry change. A single ride on VTA costs $2.00, while a day pass costs $6.00. If you are planning to take many trips, invest in a monthly or annual pass to save some money. Get a Clipper® Card at any ticket vending station or online! Clipper® Cards work on all major Bay Area transit services, including Muni, BART, Caltrain, SamTrans, and VTA.
For more information, and to plan a trip, check out:
VTA’s Trip Planner online, powered by Google.