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Commuting Options

Bus Services

Regional/County Bus

The regional or county bus is called Regional Transit Authority, or RTA, serving from San Miguel to Santa Maria, with stops at Cal Poly and at the transit hub in San Luis Obispo for any transfers you may need. Cal Poly has subsidized RTA bus passes for our students and employees 1990 thus allowing for a reduced-price 30-day pass for Cal Poly riders.

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City Bus

The city bus, SLO Transit, serves campus directly. Since 1985, Cal Poly has financially supported the city bus system, allowing our students, staff, and faculty to ride the bus at no cost to the rider. Funding comes from parking citation revenue, not from state general funds, nor from student tuition or fees. Find the bus route you need by checking out the SLO Transit Schedule.

For more information on bus routes and RTA connections, visit

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Wheels when you want them. 8 Zipcars are on campus and availible to rent by the hour or day. Gas and insurance included. Go to Start Zippin today!

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Currently, there are over 6,500 bike rack spaces and 224 secure bike lockers available on campus. 57% students and 33% faculty/staff live within 5 miles of the Cal Poly campus; an easy bike commute.

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Amtrak buses pick up and drop off on campus for train connections to most northbound, southbound, and the San Joaquin Valley trains. Cal Poly students receive a 20% discount from Amtrak through the Amtrak Student Advantage Program. See a travel agent for details or schedule your trip at

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Carpooling (Staff)

Carpool spaces have been established on campus for faculty and staff use. Each designated carpool space will be available to registered carpoolers only until 10 am Monday through Friday.

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Vanpooling (Staff)

Cal Poly currently has 11 employee vanpools in operation, with over 160 vanpool riders. Check the vanpool schedule to see when vanpools leave, and to find the vanpool nearest you.

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Whether you are looking to register for incentives with your established rideshare, or looking for somebody to carpool with, check out For help with accessing your account or logging trips, email

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Electrical Vehicle Charging

Cal Poly has charging stations located in the Grand Avenue Parking Structure, on California Boulevard, and in the parking area near Kennedy Library to help you stay charged. Charging fees apply.

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Cal Poly has developed its formal telecommuting policies and procedures. Contact Cal Poly's Human Resources Department for more information.

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Emergency Ride Home

This program allows ridesharers to get home quickly in case of personal or family illness or emergency. It is available to all faculty and staff who are "registered" at

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