Transportation

Bicycle Riding

Bicycles are one of the most useful and economical alternatives to motor vehicles because they are relatively inexpensive to buy and need only minor repairs. For students living in Arcata, the campus is only a short ride away. The University provides bike racks throughout the campus. Be sure to lock your bicycle properly with a good lock. We also have a bicycle learning center that can repair your bike if you are having any issues. You can find bike trails and safety tips on the City of Arcata’s website.

Bus

JackPass program allows you to use the public transit system for free using your student ID Card. During the Fall and Spring semesters, all HSU students will have unlimited free ride access on the Redwood Transit System (RTS) buses, which serve the Route 101 corridor from Trinidad to Scotia, including Valley East and Valley West in Arcata, the Eureka Transit System (ETS) buses which serve the city of Eureka and Arcata & Mad River Transit System (A&MRTS) which serves the Arcata area, and Willow Creek/Arcata Route which is operated by Humboldt Transit Authority and travels between the communities of Arcata and Willow Creek.

JackPass Dates

SERVICE BEGINSSERVICE ENDS
SUMMER 2020MAY 24, 2020AUGUST 8, 2020
FALL 2020AUGUST 9, 2020DECEMBER 26, 2020
SPRING 2021DECEMBER 27, 2020MAY 22, 2021
SUMMER 2021MAY 23, 2021AUGUST 7, 2021

 

Bus schedules can be found right outside the bus stops and online

For real-time updates on the bus schedule, download the Transit app.

Carpooling

HSU has a carpooling program that if you carpool to school you can part in designated carpooling parking spaces. Each day you have 3 or more people in your car (2 if that is the car's maximum capacity), stop by the drive-up window at the Parking & Commuter Services office on Rossow St between the hours of 7 am and 11 am, show your HSU General or Staff parking permit and receive a Carpool Preferential Parking Permit for the day.

See complete Carpool Program Guidelines for more information.

Also, CalTrans has set aside PARK & RIDE lots where individuals may park for free and transfer to a carpool or public transit. These lots are located along Highway 101 at Kenmar Road in Fortuna, Elk River/Herrick exit in Eureka, and at the Trinidad exit.

Old Arcata Option

Call ahead to schedule a ride between the designated pick-up locations shown on the site. Either the pick-up or drop-off location must include one of the blue stops along Old Arcata Rd between Sunny Brae and Freshwater Corners. A blue stop to a blue stop and a blue to purple stop is permitted, but a purple to purple is not.

You will be picked up by a “Dial-a-Ride” mini-bus or a City Cab, depending on route optimizations.

Visit their website for full details: https://hta.org/old-arcata-road-service

Zipcar

Zipcar is car sharing, an alternative to car rental and car ownership that gives you the freedom to take a car when you want it, and put it back when you’re done. Get off campus for errands, entertainment, even road trips! Plus avoid the hassles and expenses of owning a car and finding parking on campus. Humboldt State has partnered with Zipcar to have five cars on campus available on-demand 24/7 that can be reserved by the hour or day. You can join here.

Membership information includes
You have to be 18+ years-old
Rates start at just $8/hr or $66/day
Every trip includes gas, insurance, and 180 free miles
International driver’s licenses are accepted

*Zipcar is taking measures to ensure the safety of students during Covid 19.

Zimride

A private ride-sharing network that connects you with others who want to take the same trip. You can join a carpool with other HSU students and share gas money. You can post your ride when you are leaving for breaks or coming back from them. You log in with your HSU credentials here.