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Bay Bikes: An app-based “smart bike” system for San Mateo bicyclists. City of San Mateo
Bike Mapper: Plan your trip with Bike Mapper! 511
Bike Racks on Buses: Take your bike with you on the bus. 511
San Mateo County Employer Bicycle Incentives: Help your employer support bicycling! Tell them about the program that reimburses San Mateo County employers up to half the cost of purchasing and installing bike racks and bike lockers.
San Mateo County Bicycle Safety Workshops: Interested in learning about bicycle safety? can work with your employer to offer a lunchtime workshop.
511: Sign up for the free 511 RideMatch Service to find your own carpool matches. 511
Carpool in San Mateo County!: Carpool in San Mateo County!: Drivers and riders get a $2 incentive per person for each trip that begins or ends in San Mateo County during the peak commute periods through the carpool app, Scoop. The program offers a maximum of $4 per rider and driver each day. Visit for more information. C/CAG
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
San Mateo County Carpool to College program: Earn a $50 gift card for carpooling to, from or through San Mateo County to college at least 2 days a week for 2 consecutive months.
San Mateo County New Carpooler Incentive: Earn a $50 gift card when you start carpooling to, from or through San Mateo County.
Scoop: Schedule carpools at your convenience via the rideshare service app. Enter SPAREAIR05 for $5 in free rides! Scoop
Trip Planner/ Ride Matching Tool: STAR, a desktop based tool to log your commute trips and discover your transportation options, including carpool and vanpool partners.
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
Emergency Ride Home
San Mateo County Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH): The GRH program reimburses commuters who chose to carpool, vanpool, take transit, bicycle or walk to work or college in San Mateo County with a free trip home, up to program limits, in the event of a qualified emergency. Visit for more information.
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
San Mateo 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! San Mateo County Office of Education
Tax Benefits
Commuter Tax Benefits: Save money by paying for transit and vanpools with pre-tax wages. N/A
Transit and Shuttles
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 SamTrans, Caltrain and VTA discount passes and more. Metropolitan Transportation Commission
San Mateo County First/Last Mile Shuttle Services: Ride one of the 20+ shuttles between major transit stations and employer sites and residential locations.
San Mateo County Transit Incentives: Try public transit to, from or through San Mateo County with free tickets for Caltrain, SamTrans or San Francisco Bay Ferry.
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
San Mateo County New Vanpool Driver Incentive: Earn up to $500 cash for driving a vanpool of seven or more passengers for a minimum of six months.
San Mateo County New Vanpool Rider Incentive: Earn up to $300 cash for riding in a vanpool of seven or more passengers for a minimum of three months.
Other Incentives
511 Rideshare Promotions Enter contests or log your carpool and other green commute tips to be eligible to win prizes! 511
Discounted Carpool/Vanpool Tolls: Carpools and vanpools pay discounted tolls on all bridges. Caltrans
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
San Mateo County Commute Rewards: Log Trips, Earn Points & Get Rewarded. Log your green trips to earn points and redeem your points for prizes.