Public Transportation

Navigating LA

Most of us enjoy the convenience of our cars. Our goal is to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. However, for thousands of Angelinos-mainly working class families-relying exclusively on buses and trains to get to work, school, and the grocery store is part of their everyday experience. Public transportation is the most valued and frustrating feature of the L.A. Term semester. Students realize how much people take for granted the ability to move freely without stress or restraint. Riding public transportation reveals another side of the city, one that is easily forgotten when we lock ourselves inside our cars.

The program staff help ease you into the public transportation experience. During Orientation Week, the staff will equip you in how to navigate LA’s imperfect transit system and what safety precautions to take. When it comes to your internship, we encourage you to consider the estimated travel time and distance between your home stay and internship site. Intern supervisors understand that they need to arrange transportation to get students home in case they work past 5:30-6 p.m.

TAP Student Discount

By the start of the semester, each student will receive a discounted student TAP card that can be used to ride buses or rail trains. Students save 50 percent on passes, paying $43 per month (included in program fee) for unlimited use.

For more information on TAP, visit For MTA trip planner, maps, and fares, visit