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Transportation Information

Public Transit Riding Tips

Know your specific bus and route
It is quite possible that more than one bus line or service provider will pick up at the stop where you are waiting. Knowing the specific provider (e.g. AC Transit) and the route name (e.g. Line 57) is important. Be sure to note any special information regarding the route on the schedule, such as express or limited service.

Know your fare
Most buses require exact change and may require a small additional charge if you transfer to another bus. Knowing the entire cost of your trip and having correct change ahead of time will make it much easier when you board the bus.

Make your intentions known
Buses don't normally stop at all posted locations unless there are passengers to pick up or drop off. Don't assume that because you are standing at a stop the driver automatically knows you are waiting for that bus. It is customary to wave to the bus just as you would to hail a cab. And while you are riding, be sure to let the driver know as you are approaching your destination that you want to get off. All buses have a cord or pressure strip/button that you can activate to indicate that you want to get off at the next posted stop.

Be flexible
Arrive for your bus at least five minutes before the schedule indicates and be prepared in case the bus is delayed due to traffic or weather.

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Bay Area Transit Links

To get the most up-to-date transit information, visit transitinfo.org. This website provides instant on-line access to transit information for the 9-county SF Bay Area, including links to BART, AC Transit, Ferry services, and much more.

Or call 511 for the Bay Area Travel Guide, a telephone resource for transportation information.

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Parking at Mills

During the academic year, students, faculty, and staff wishing to park in campus lots must display an appropriate parking permit on their vehicles. Parking permits may be purchased at the Department of Public Safety for a cost of $50.00 per academic year.

Each commuter will be issued only one hanging tag, since it is transferable from vehicle to vehicle. Commuters may park in any legal parking space not designated for residents, or parking spaces for disability access.

Public Safety officers will issue citations to vehicles not displaying valid parking permits, and for expired parking permits.

All vehicles parked on the Mills College campus must be operational. At no time are vehicles to be stored on the campus. Vehicles parked for longer than 72 hours in areas not designated as residential parking areas are subject to citation and/or tow.

Mills College assumes no responsibility for loss of or damage to vehicles due to theft, vandalism, or towing.

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Carpooling Tips

If you follow a few simple guidelines you'll see that forming a successful carpool is easy. Before you start a new carpool, meet with your potential carpool partner(s) in advance to discuss each persons' needs and the details of how your carpool will work. This will help make both(all) of you more comfortable with each other.

A few topics you should cover:

  • How often you want to carpool
  • Who drives, and when
  • Arrangements for pick-up/drop-off
  • What to do if you must stay late or leave early
  • Whether eating or smoking will be allowed
  • What will happen if someone is sick, or otherwise unable to meet for the carpool? How will this be communicated?

Carpooling may provide you the opportunity to relax, meet new people, and save money on gasoline, parking, vehicle maintenance, and insurance.

If you stop and look around, you may be surprised to discover co-workers, classmates, or acquaintances who would be great carpool partners.

Looking for a carpool companion or a road-trip partner? Visit rideboard.com.

Remember to check the bulletin board in Suzie's Lounge. Perhaps someone else is looking for a carpool buddy.

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Contact Information

Division of Student Life
Cowell Building

P: 510.430.2130
F: 510.430.3235
E: activities@mills.edu


Last Updated: 2/28/13