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Travel Sustainably

You can conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality by choosing sustainable transportation options such as walking, biking and public transportation. CSUSM offers facilities and resources that make it easier to take advantage of alternative transportation options.

  • Biking

    Biking is a green and healthy form of transportation. CSUSM offers several amenities for commuting bicyclists.   Free bike licensing, bike racks throughout the campus for easy access to the buildings, bike lockers for added security, bike tire air pumps located at Craven and Campus Way Circles, and bike locks to loan.
  • Carpool

    Students, faculty, and staff wishing to enroll in the Cal State San Marcos Carpool Program must register at Parking and Commuter Services located in the Public Safety Building (PSB 63). All individual members of the carpool team must be present at the time of registration. General/Student carpool permits are sold on a first come, first served limited basis per semester.

    A registered carpool will consist of at least two persons (faculty/staff/student) sharing one car on the majority of their commute trips to campus. The carpool permit should be properly displayed at all times while parked on campus. The carpool vehicle is authorized to park in one of the designated carpool spaces only if two or more riders are present in the vehicle when pulling into the reserved carpool space.  If a carpool space is not available, or you arrive on campus alone, you may park in any general lot with your carpool permit. By displaying or otherwise using this permit, you agree to comply with Parking and Commuter Services Rules and Regulations governing carpool. Carpool permits are NOT valid in disabled spaces (blue zones), or any other reserved space, or reserved lot.

    Carpool permits are valid only when two or more persons ride together and park in a Carpool Space. When driving alone, you must park in general parking spaces, NOT in carpool spaces.

    Carpool permits may not be reproduced or altered. Any vehicle displaying a lost, stolen, forged, or altered permit will be cited, and student information forwarded to the Dean of Students office. Carpool permits remain the property of Cal State San Marcos Parking and Commuter Services and will be revoked if it is observed being improperly used. Cal State San Marcos is not responsible for lost or stolen permits.

  • Electric Vehicles

    Electric vehicle charging stations are located on the 1st floor of the parking structure next to the main entrance. There is also a disabled access charging station located next to north side elevator. All stations can be utilized with a Blink Network access card. Go to the Blink website for information on their two levels of plans www.blinknetwork.com.

    For guests there is a payment option for using your mobile phone.

    You must have a valid campus parking permit and pay the appropriate charging fee to park in these spaces.  A pay station is located in Lot N or by the north elevator in the parking structure.

    For more information please contact Parking and Commuter Services at 760-750-7500

  • Public Transportation

    CSUSM is one of the first campuses in San Diego County to convert from paper passes to the Compass Card.

    The CSUSM compass card is available only to CSUSM students through the Parking and Commuter Services office (PACS) with valid CSUSM Student ID and enrollment verification.

    EFFECTIVE JULY 2018 - The College Monthly Transit Pass will be $40, providing a $19 savings off the regular monthly price.

    The monthly fare can be purchased at the PACS office from the 25th of the previous month through the 15th of the current month (i.e. for a September monthly transit pass, the fare would be purchased August 25th through September 15th)

    • This is a reusable, reloadable card.  Use the same card over and over.
    • For first time compass card users there is a $5.00 fee for the card.
    • Just Tap & Ride using your CSUSM compass Card
  • Walking

    When traveling short distances, consider walking rather than driving. CSUSM is designed to be pedestrian friendly. Exploring the green features of campus on foot makes for great exercise.
  • Zipcar

    Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses in eight countries, including over 500 cities and towns in 31 major metropolitan markets. Zipcar offers more than 50 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc,

    Zipcar looks forward to working with CSUSM to build a successful car-sharing program and offer convenient, low carbon footprint transportation options for students, faculty, and staff as well as community members. Let’s get zipping!