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Graduate Student Employee Incentives

UCI is required to reduce vehicle trips and commute emissions created by the campus community. To encourage graduate students employees to try a sustainable commute, UCI Transportation offers a variety of incentives, such as rebates on train tickets, discounted OC Bus passes, campus shuttle service, and a guaranteed ride home program.

To join the Sustainable Transportation program and receive ST participation incentives, graduate students must:

  • Be actively enrolled as a graduate student at UC Irvine
  • Be employed by UCI with an active appointment and report to a worksite on the UCI Main Campus where a parking permit is required.
    • Note: Employees reporting to UCI Research Park and University Town Center do not qualify.
  • Not possess an individual long-term (one month or longer) UCI parking permit
  • Utilize your chosen sustainable commute mode (walk, bike, bus, carpool, shuttle, train, drop-off, telecommute) for the majority of your commute.
    • Note: Those who use a drive-alone vehicle for the majority of the distance travelled do not qualify.
  • Register for membership via UCI Transportation’s myCommute portal

Refer to our step-by-step guide on how to sign up for the ST Membership program.

ST Membership registrations are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our Employee Transportation Coordinators process registrations as efficiently as possible, but please allow seven days for your application to be processed. A waiting period of a week or longer may occur during high-impact times (such as late-June and the month of July).

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If you are unable to log in to myCommute to apply for the sustainable transportation membership, please submit the 2021 Grad Student ST Registration Form

ST Incentive Parking Permits

On the rare occasion you may need to park on campus, UCI Transportation offers incentive parking permits each month you are an active ST member. Incentive parking permits are valid in any unmarked or 'AR' reserved parking stall, with the exception of Lot 80. As a reminder, UCI requires a valid parking permit at all times when parked on campus lots and structures.

Any permits not used by the end of the fiscal year will not be carried over with membership renewals. The number of incentive parking permits resets at the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.

Sustainable Transportation parking incentives, rebates, and products are non-transferable. Failure to practice good conduct and abuse of incentives will result in revocation of membership and incentive privileges.

Graduate Employee Sustainable Commute Incentives
Method of Transportation Incentive Permits Additional Incentives/Discounts
Walk/Bike 5 per month  
Telecommute* 5 per month  
Carpool 2 per month  
Vanpool 4 per month  
OCTA 2 per month University Pass – 82% discount on OC Bus's monthly rate
Train 2 per month Amtrak/Metrolink**
Savings: 20% rebate on Monthly, 10-Trip, and 7-Day and 5-Day tickets.
Shuttle 2 per month Free to staff/students (some exclusions apply)
Drop Off † 2 per month  

*Restrictions apply. Review details on the telecommute program.
**Restrictions apply. Review details on the train rebate program.
†Restrictions apply. Review details on drop-off incentives.

Evening/Weekend Permits (Grad Pass)

In addition to the ST incentive parking permits, graduate students who are both ST members and official residents (on the lease) in Palo Verde, Verano Place, Puerta del Sol, Camino del Sol, Vista del Campo, and Vista del Campo Norte communities will receive 5 evening/weekend Grad Pass permits each month. These permits allow occasional evening/weekend parking and are retrieved from permit dispensers. Personal access codes are issued as part of the registration process.

The use of these permit dispenser codes is restricted to Grad Pass permits and may not be used to access any other permit. Grad Pass permits are valid Monday-Friday from 6 p.m. - 6:59 a.m. and all day on weekends, and may only be accessed via the automated permit dispensers during those hours.

Rules for Permit Use

  • Permits received through the Sustainable Transportation program are valid in any unmarked or 'AR' reserved parking stall, with the exception of Lot 80, Service, X, P, disabled stalls without also displaying a disabled placard, pay by space, or metered stalls.
  • Incentive permits are earned monthly and are issued every 30 days. Any unused ST incentive permits are rolled over into the next month.
  • Any permit(s) not used by the end of each fiscal year (June 30th) do not carry over to the following year.
  • Sustainable Transportation parking incentives, rebates, and products are non-transferable.
  • Sustainable Transportation parking incentives are ineligible for use in any parking reciprocity agreements.
  • Failure to practice good conduct and abuse of incentives may result in revocation of program participation and incentive privileges.

Retrieving Parking Permits


Virtual incentive permits are managed through your myCommute account with your UCInetID and password. An incentive permit will be deducted from your ST Membership each day you mark that you are parking on campus. On the day you decide to park on campus, you must:

  1. Login into myCommute on the day you wish to park.
  2. Click the button stating "Activate your permit before parking on campus today"
  3. Select the date(s) you will park on campus
  4. Confirm that the information is accurate

Same-day vehicle registration may be updated once per day in your myCommute account. Failure to activate your permit in myCommute on the day you park on campus will result in citation(s).


Upon registration, you will be assigned a personal Dispenser Access Code. Parking permit dispensers are located throughout the campus and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
To retrieve your parking permit:

  1. Locate and visit a permit dispenser.
  2. Select one of the "Grad" products from the menu on the main screen.
  3. Enter your Dispenser Access Code.
    • Note: Dispensers are multi-tap enabled to allow for the use of alphanumeric codes. If you have a code that has two of the same numbers side-by-side, you will need to enter the second digit after a slight pause. Watch for the asterisk to appear before hitting the same number again. Ex. Code 11234 is entered as 1-(pause)-1-2-3-4.
  4. Print your parking permit and set it on your vehicle dashboard, ensuring its visibility.

If you attempt to use your Grad Pass access code any time Monday through Friday before 6:00pm, the dispenser will ask that you pay the AR permit daily rate. One usage will be deducted from your allotment if you purchase the permit.

Cancelling your ST Membership

You may cancel your Sustainable Transportation Membership through your myCommute account.

Guaranteed Ride Home

Active ST members may receive a guaranteed ride home in case of illness or emergency. UCI Transportation will make the necessary arrangements for the employee to travel home or to another destination, free of charge. This may be used for a maximum of two occurrences in a single academic year.

To request a guaranteed ride home, call 949-824-5060. When possible, please make arrangements prior to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hour arrangements may be made at 949-824-2691.

UCI Transportation and Distribution Services
200 Public Services Building
Irvine, CA 92697-4525
Phone: (949) 824-7275      Fax: (949) 824-2387
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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