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Commute by Train

Commuting by train is very popular amongst UCI students, faculty, and staff as it is an affordable, comfortable, and relaxing commute. UCI is most easily accessible by Metrolink trains via Tustin Station thanks to our partners at OCTA. We recommend that you sign up for rider alerts from both Metrolink and OCTA buses so you are up to date on any service changes or delays.

The Rail 2 Rail program increases your riding options for your commute. Please see the Rail 2 Rail website for more details.

Employees who commute by train and do not hold a long-term parking permit are eligible to join the Sustainable Transportation Program. Membership comes with some additional incentives. For more information, visit the Sustainable Transportation Incentives page.

Metrolink Website

Amtrak Website

From Train Stations to UCI

Service for certain stops may differ according to daily or weekend schedules.

From Tustin Metrolink Station (Metrolink Only)

  • Take OCTA Route 473 to UCI
    • Complimentary service when showing your valid Metrolink pass
    • During commuter rushes only
  • Take OCTA Route 472 to North Campus
    • Complimentary service when showing your valid Metrolink pass
    • During commuter rushes only

From Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (Metrolink & Amtrak)

From Irvine Transportation Center (Metrolink & Amtrak)

  • There is no direct connection to UCI. Please call an Employee Transportation Coordinator at 949-824-7433 for a commute plan.

Metrolink Mobile Ticketing

Metrolink now offers a mobile ticketing platform for iOS and Android. The apps allows riders to purchase train passes on the fly without needing to visit a ticket vending machine.

Train Rebate

UC Irvine offers a 20% rebate to employees and students who use the train to commute to campus and do not purchase long term parking permits (one month or longer). You may request a 20% rebate off of the following passes:

  • Metrolink 7-Day
  • Metrolink 10-Day Flex Pass
  • Metrolink monthly
  • Amtrak 10-Trip
  • Amtrak monthly

All rebate submissions must be completed through the following form and use valid pass(es). All rebate submissions must be turned in by May 31st of the fiscal year in which they are used to be processed within the appropriate fiscal year. Only June tickets will be accepted through the end of July.

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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