Bay Area Commute Tips

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Santa Clara

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Bay Area Bike Share: The region’s bike-sharing system with 700 bikes in 70 locations across the Bay Area. Motivate
Bike Mapper: Plan your trip with Bike Mapper! 511
Bike Racks on Buses: Take your bike with you on the bus. 511
Carpool & Rideshare
511: Sign up for the free 511 RideMatch Service to find your own carpool matches. 511
Carzac: Carpool whenever you need, and pay through the Carzac app. Enter SPAREAIR05 for $5 in free rides! Carzac
Duet: Find the commute that fits your needs and join or create a carpool with community members. Enter SPAREAIR05 for $5 in free rides! Duet
Scoop: Schedule carpools at your convenience via the rideshare service app. Enter SPAREAIR05 for $5 in free rides! Scoop
Turo: This peer-to-peer carsharing service lets you rent out your car when you’re not using it, or rent someone else’s car when they’re not using it. Turo
Zipcar: Pay a membership fee to join, reserve cars by the hour via website or app. Zipcar
Guaranteed Ride Home
ACE Guaranteed Ride Home: ACE riders get a free taxi ride or rental car in case of emergency. Must be pre-registered. Alameda County Transportation Commission
Lyft/LyftLine: Catch a ride on your own, or share your trip with others. Lyft
Uber/uberPOOL: Catch a ride on your own, or share your trip with others. Uber
Santa Clara Safe Routes to School: Learn how to safely walk, bike, and carpool to school while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making our communities healthier for all. Find out if your school is participating! Santa Clara County Department of Public Health
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Safe Routes to School: Take advantage of a free family bicycle workshop. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Tax Benefits
Commuter Tax Benefits: Save money by paying for transit and vanpools with pre-tax wages. N/A
511 Trip Planner: Plan your transit trip and check departure times at 511. 511
BART Carpool Parking: Carpool to BART for special parking privileges. BART
Clipper: The region's all-in-one transit card is the only way to get VTA, SamTrans and Caltrain discount passes as well as BART High Value Discount tickets. Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Transit Apps: Plan trips, find out departure times and get alerts using a variety of apps. 511
Transit & Trails App: Get to parks and open spaces near you with the Transit & Trails app. Bay Area Open Space Council
VTA Eco Pass: Ask your employer about Eco Pass—the annual transit pass for use on VTA, including guaranteed ride home. For purchase by employers. VTA
New Vanpool $500 Incentive: Earn $500 in gas cards for starting a vanpool registered with 511 Rideshare. 511
New Vanpool Seat Subsidies: 511 Rideshare will subsidize empty seats in your vanpool up to $300. 511
Other Incentives
511 Rideshare Promotions: Enter contests or log your carpool and other green commute trips to be eligible to win prizes! 511
Discounted Carpool/Vanpool Tolls: Carpools and vanpools pay discounted tolls on bridges. Caltrans
Express Lanes: Carpools and vanpools travel free in Bay Area Express Lanes (may require FasTrak®). MTC/Local Agencies
HOV Lanes: Get there faster in a high-occupancy vehicle lane. 511
Park & Ride Lots: Take advantage of 150 free, convenient Park & Ride lots to meet carpool partners, meet your vanpool or catch your bus. Caltrans, transit agencies, and local cities