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Los Angeles AFB RideShare & Parking programs

Let's face it: You're not in Kansas any more! For that matter, you're not in "The Big Apple" (New York City), "Beantown" (Boston), or "Foggy Bottom" (Washington, D.C.) either with their well-established mass transit systems.

You're in L.A., the "Car-obsessed Capital of the World," aka Freeway Central, where the SoCal locals have a saying: "Anything under three hours is considered a commute." 

So, what can you do if you're low on fuel and Pay Day is a week away -- or worse, you have no wheels at all to get around town? Check out the answers below.  

Traffic Tips & Commuter Hints

Traffic in Southern California can be daunting -- just ask anyone who's driven the 405 or any other numbered SoCal freeway system during the morning or evening rush hour.

Since Los Angeles AFBis the only active military installation remaining in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, many personnel commute from base housing at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro. That's a trip of 18.8 miles that can take more than 30 minutes, one-way.

Many other dedicated road warriors commute from as far away as the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys in the north, Malibu and Simi Valleyto the west, San Bernardino and Riverside to the east or Long Beach and Costa Mesa to the south. Alternate methods of transportation to and from work are recommended to lower costs for your vehicle, lower congestion on the roads and lower stress for you.

In partnership with the Department of Transportation, Los Angeles AFB administers a Mass Transportation Benefit Program called TRANServe to help offset the costs of using mass transit and other transportation alternatives. The Los Angeles AFB RideShare program offers three options for you to take advantage of Mass Transit,Vanpool and Carpool.

Los Angeles and Southern California is crisscrossed with a myriad of mass transit options:

Beach Cities Transit
City of ElSegundo Transportation Service
City of Gardena Municipal Bus Line
City of San Pedro DASH
LADOT Transit Commuter Express

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
Torrance Transit

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, otherwise known as Metro, which directly operates bus, light rail, heavy rail, and bus rapid transit services within Los Angeles County. This includes:

MetroLink for intra-city travel
Metrorail for inter-city transportation

The vanpool system is a series of privately-leased mini- and full-sizedvans with routes servicing Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, as well as the westernmost portions of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Our vanpool vehicles and lease agreements are administered byEnterprise Rideshare and vRide. Locating a vanpool is easy; just contact the Los Angeles AFB RideShare office, or check the InsideSMC electronic bulletin board. You can also contact either the Enterprise or vRide account representatives for more information.

Los Angeles AFB's carpool system is less formal but no less useful. Roommates and co-workers that ride together may receive a carpool pass that will allow them to park on base within designated carpool parking spaces.

Rideshare FAQ

QWho can apply for Mass Transit Benefits?
A: Uniformed military and Department of Defense civilians may apply. Contractors may not.

Q: Can I have a Carpool or Lottery pass and still receive MTB benefits?
A: No. If you wish to maintain receipt of MTB benefits, you must relinquish your carpool or lottery parking pass.

Q: Who can receive a Carpool Pass?
A: Anyone can receive a carpool pass provided there are at least two people in the vehicle.

Q: How do I get Mass Transit Vouchers?
A: You will fill out an application form that is available from the Los Angeles AFB RideShare office. This form will be submitted to the Department of Transportation. Once submitted, you will be eligible to receive benefits in the month following the month you submitted your application.

QWhere do I get my Mass Transit Vouchers or Electronic Fare Media Cards?
A: When your vouchers or EFM cards arrives, you will be sent an e-mail to come pick them up in the Los Angeles AFB RideShare office.

Q: Where is the Los Angeles AFB RideShare office located?
A: We are on the third floor of Bldg. 272 in the Schriever Space Complex, Room C3-143 within the 61st Civil Engineer and Logistics Squadron office area.

QHow much do typical transit fees cost per day / week / month?
A. Download, open and print the following link for Metro Fees  or visit any of the South Bay beach cities transportation systems listed to the left. 

Contact Us

LAAFB RideShare / Parking Office
Bldg. 272, Room C3-143

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Weekends, Federal holidays and AFSPC-designated Family Days: Closed 

(310) 653-5477
DSN 633-5477

(310) 653-5477 
DSN 633-5477


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