Bay Area Commute Tips

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BikeMobile: Find a free Bike Fix-a-thon in your area! The BikeMobile is a mobile bicycle repair clinic that helps youth repair their bikes, teaches mechanics and safety, and provides accessories and decoration supplies. You can request the BikeMobile to visit your youth event. Alameda County Transportation Commission
Bike Mapper: Plan your trip with Bike Mapper! 511
Bike Racks on Buses: Take your bike with you on the bus. 511
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
Scoop: Schedule carpools at your convenience via the rideshare service app. Enter SPAREAIR05 for $5 in free rides! Scoop
Waze Carpool: Choose who you carpool with based on detailed profiles, price and distance of route. Enter SPAREAIR05 for a free ride. Waze
Getaround: 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. Getaround
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, and reserve cars by the hour via website or app. Zipcar
Guaranteed Ride Home
Alameda County Guaranteed Ride Home: Get a free taxi ride or rental car in case of emergency if you work in Alameda County. Employees must be pre-registered. Alameda County Transportation Commission
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Emergency Ride Program: ACE helps 20-trip and monthly ticket holders get home in the event of an emergency, like illness or a home emergency. Altamont Corridor Express
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
Alameda County 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! Alameda County Transportation Commission
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 AC Transit passes and fare discounts, BART High Value Discount tickets, SF Bay Ferry discounts and more. Metropolitan Transportation Commission
NextBus: AC Transit riders, find out exactly when your bus will come. NextBus
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
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
Commute Choices: Learn about transportation resources for commuters and employers in Alameda County. Alameda County Transportation Commission
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