Free public transit passes for Paramount students

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If you are a Paramount resident or graduate of Paramount High School and an incoming or continuing college student, you may apply for a free Paramount University Pass through the city.


The PUP card provides students with unlimited travel on Long Beach Transit and Metro bus routes to nearby campuses. It is good for one calendar year.


You need to complete the “Paramount In Motion” application with proof of Paramount residency, proof of school enrollment, and completion of a Metro questionnaire (included in the PUP card application). The applications can be picked up at the Recreation Office, 15300 Downey Ave., or at City Hall, 16400 Colorado Ave.


Turn in the application to the Recreation Office.


For more information, contact Suleyma Rosales, Community Services & Recreation supervisor, at 562-220-2121. Once a student applies for a PUP card, it may take up to ten business days for activation. There is a limited quantity of PUP cards available.


Long Beach Transit routes 21A/21B, 22, and 71 travel directly to Cerritos College and LBCC Pacific Coast Campus. Transfers are available to LBCC Liberal Arts Campus, Compton College, CSUDH, and CSULB. If you are attending a different college or studying at a nearby trade school, you may also use this service.


Time to Travel One-Way to Nearby Colleges

Long Beach City College (Liberal Arts Campus) – 50-minute commute.

Long Beach City College (Pacific Coast Campus) – 52-minute commute.

Cerritos Community College – 47-minute commute.

Compton Community College – 30-minute commute.

California State University Long Beach – 51-minute commute.

California State University Dominguez Hills – 44-minute commute.

Also, Paramount Unified School District K-12 students can get a Transit Access Pass (TAP) card, which is a form of electronic ticketing payment method used on most public transport services within Los Angeles County. PUSD students can get a reduced monthly fare of $40 for Long Beach Transit access only.