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Alternative Transportation Options

In the U.S. at least 1/2 of the greenhouse gases created are from carbon; automobiles are the main contributor to carbon emissions, along with coal based power plants. Public transportation saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline yearly.

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Bus Program

The city of Riverside along with UCR provide several different options of alternative transportation. UCR students can choose from the RTA buses, Metrolink or UCR Highlander shuttles.

(RTA) Riverside Transit Agency

The RTA is free for all UCR students/faculty/staff and has over 45 different routes that service all over Riverside. For a complete list of bus schedules and routes available, go here. To learn more please visit the TAPS website.


The Metrolink services areas outside of Riverside for students, faculty or staff who need transportation to other destinations throughout Southern California. Transportation to the downtown Riverside Metrolink station is provided every 30 minutes by RTA routes 1 and 16.


In 1985, the U.S Department Of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration estimated that an increase of 1.5 – 2.5 million bikers would result in an annual total fuel saving of 16.4 to 23.5 million barrels of oil. Biking is a healthy and low carbon footprint alternative of commuting. Here is a complete map of bike racks around campus.

UCR TAPS (Transportation and Parking services) offers faculty, staff and full-time graduate students a Cyclist and Walker program. The benefits of this program include free bicycle license registration to members of the campus community, complimentary parking privileges, free locker and shower facilities, and more! For more information please visit TAPS.


Vanpools are a group of commuters who wish to ride together from designated departure sites to the UCR campus for the purpose of ride sharing to and from campus. Just like carpooling, you can save money, reduce wear and tear on your vehicle, and help the environment by reducing pollution. To learn more about Vanpooling and eligibility, please visit TAPS.


According to the EPA, an average 4 passenger vehicle emits 46,121 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Carpooling has many advantages, it saves money with car related expenses, makes getting from place to place faster with special carpools lanes, and gets rid of the loneliness of traveling alone.

 Carpooling is available to all UCR faculty, staff and full time graduate students. The carpooling program has many great advantages such as a special carpool permit, complimentary parking privileges and an emergency ride home program. To learn more about this program, please visit TAPS.

Zip Car Program

UCR students get 24/7 access to Zipcars parked on Lot 15. Zipcars include gas and insurance and start at $35/year. Each Zipcar takes 15-20 personally owned vehicles off the road. Furthermore, 90% of Zipcar members drove 5,500 miles or less per year and that adds up to more than 32 million gallons of crude oil left in the ground. To learn more about the Zipcar program at UCR, please visit the website.

iPhone/Android applications

These Carbon calculator apps for the iPhone and Android let you calculate carbon emissions anywhere from your phone! iPhone / Android


  • Miles driven
  • Airline travel
  • Electricity usage
  • Train travel
  • Natural gas usage
  • Oil heating and more!

Smart Car

Carbon Emissions


A standard 4 passenger car emits the equivalence of 2,353 gallons of gasoline a year, 48.7 barrels of oil, the electricity use of 2.5 homes or the energy of 1.8 homes annually.


A round trip flight for one person from Los Angeles to New York can emit from 1,238 to 2,025 pounds of CO2 into the air depending on the carrier. A plane can hold anywhere from 300-400 people. So, a 300 passenger plane from Los Angeles to New York can emit anywhere from 371,400 - 607,500 pounds of CO2 in a single round trip!


A standard intercity train that travels 1000 miles per month emits on average 2.7 tons or more than 5952 pounds of CO2 per month.

Business Travel

According to, business travelers log about 405 million trips within the U.S every year, producing about 2 million metric tons or 4,409,245,243 pounds of greenhouse gases annually.

Study Abroad Travel

Did you know, air travel represents approximately 2% of human-generated carbon emissions. A great way for any college student to cut back on carbon emissions is to join the Green Passport Program. This is a Social networking site where study abroad students can pledge to travel in a “greener” manner.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Sustainability
University Village
1223 University Avenue, Suite 200P

Tel: (951) 827-1270
Fax: (951) 827-3890

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