Alternative Transportation

Parking Services is committed to advancing USD's sustainability initiatives. 

Carpool Spaces

There are more than 75 carpool spaces on campus. Carpool spaces are for commuter students or employees (resident students are exempt) who travel to school with two or more people of legal driving age in the vehicle. A valid USD permit must be accompanied with your carpool permit. A carpool permit may be obtained daily from the Main or West Kiosk. Carpool spaces are located in the Main Structure, Law School Lot, Hughes East Lot, Olin Lot, and the Institute for Peace and Justice Garage. Please see the carpool space map for more information.  Use the Main Entrance to obtain Mission Structure, Law School, or Hughes East carpool permits or the West Entrance to obtain Olin or IPJ carpool permits. Carpool spaces are reserved solely for vehicles displaying carpool permits Monday through Friday, between7:00am - 10:00am. 

Parking Permits

There is no limit to the number of vehicles that can be added to a parking permit. Parking permits are required for parking on campus Monday through Friday, between 7:00am - 7:00pm, and must be displayed on any vehicle parked on campus during these hours. We encourage our campus community to commute together to campus whenever possible. Please contact the Parking Services Office if you have any questions.

Fresh Air Permits

We are happy to offer Fresh Air validation codes to employees that normally use alternate modes of transportation to commute to campus. Fresh Air codes are valid for sixteen (16) days in the Fall and Spring Semesters and are free of charge. The code must be entered into the parking meter each day that the employee drives to campus.  The codes are valid in the following locations: 

  • Main Structure
  • West Structure

Fresh Air Codes are available in the Parking Services Office in UC 102.

USD Tram Services

USD offers a free tram to all students, employees, and guests. During the regular semester, the tram runs Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00am - 11:00pm. The tram runs in circular loops around campus throughout the day and also offers service to and from Old Town Transit Center during the morning and afternoon/evening hours. For more information, please visit the Tram Information Page.

Bike Racks

Bicycle racks are available in various locations across campus. Additionally, all USD trams are now equipped with bicycle racks as well. 


USD has partnered with Zipcar, a car-sharing program, to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus. For more information and to sign up for ZipCar, please visit the ZipCar information page.

Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces

Electric vehicle charging spaces are available for faculty, staff, students and guests to charge their vehicles. Electric vehicle charging spaces are operated by The Blink Network. FAQs and instructions on how to use the Blink charging stations can be found on the Blink Information Page or by visiting the Blink Network. Valid USD permits are required at all times in the electric vehicle charging spaces. Charging stations are located in the Mission Parking Structure, Manchester Garage, Alcala Vistas North Lot and the Institute for Peace and Justice Garage, which can all be seen on the Charging Station Map.

MTS Bus and Trolley Passes

Parking Services is happy to assist in offering discounted bus and trolley passes to the campus community. MTS passes can be purchased from the UC Ticket Office. For more information and pass prices, please visit the UC Ticket Office's Public Transportation information page. 

Additional Resources


USD has arranged a special rate with SuperShuttle for transportation between USD and the San Diego International Airport. More information can be found on the SuperShuttle Information Page.


USD has partnered with SANDAG to bring iCommute to students, faculty, and staff. This page will allow you to find other members of the USD community who may live in our area and be interested in commuting to campus together. Visit the iCommute page for additional information.

MTS Trolley

USD is located just up the hill from the Morena/Linda Vista Trolley stop on the MTS Trolley Green Line. The Old Town Transit Center is also close by, making our campus easy to access by public transportation. For more information, please visit the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System website.