Bay Area Commute Tips

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Bay Area Commute Tips is your resource for commute and transportation maps and incentives in the counties where you live and work. Find the most convenient way to avoid traffic and reduce your commute and travel time by joining a carpool or vanpool, taking transit or biking.

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Contra Costa

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Bicycle
Bike Mapper: Plan your trip with Bike Mapper! 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Bike Racks on Buses: Take your bike with you on the bus. 511 511.org
Contra Costa Bike Parking Map: Learn where to park your bike in Contra Costa County! 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Contra Costa Employer Bike Racks and Lockers: Contra Costa County employers can receive a contribution toward the acquisition of bike racks and lockers for their worksite while funding is available. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Carpool
511: Sign up for the free 511 RideMatch Service to find your own carpool matches. 511 511.org
Carzac: Carpool whenever you need, and pay through the Carzac app. Enter SPAREAIR05 for $5 in free rides! Carzac carzac.com
Scoop: Schedule carpools at your convenience via the rideshare service app. Enter SPAREAIR05 for $5 in free rides! Scoop takescoop.com
Carshare
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 turo.com
Zipcar: Pay a membership fee to join, reserve cars by the hour via website or app. Zipcar zipcar.com
Guaranteed Ride Home
Contra Costa Guaranteed Ride Home: Get a free taxi ride or rental car in case of emergency if you work in Contra Costa County. Must be pre-registered. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Ridehailing
Lyft/LyftLine: Catch a ride on your own, or share your trip with others. Lyft lyft.com
Uber/uberPOOL: Catch a ride on your own, or share your trip with others. Uber uber.com
Schools
511 Contra Costa 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! 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
511 Contra Costa School Public Transit Ticket Program: Limited free, introductory bus tickets are available when your student takes public transit to school. Includes assistance with carpool formation where available. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Tax Benefits
Commuter Tax Benefits: Save money by paying for transit and vanpools with pre-tax wages. N/A 511.org
Transit
511 Trip Planner: Plan your transit trip and check departure times at 511. 511 511.org
BART Carpool Parking: Carpool to BART for special parking privileges. BART bart.gov
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 and more. Metropolitan Transportation Commission clippercard.com
Contra Costa Try Transit BOGO Offers: Partnering with select transit agencies with buy-one, get-one-free offers. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Transit Apps: Plan trips, find out departure times and get alerts using a variety of apps. 511 511.org
Transit & Trails App: Get to parks and open spaces near you with the Transit & Trails app. Bay Area Open Space Council www.transitandtrails.org
Vanpool
New Contra Costa Vanpool Driver Incentive: New drivers could be eligible to receive a $1,000 driver bonus after being on the road for 12 consecutive months. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
New Contra Costa Vanpool Passenger Incentive: New vanpool passengers could be eligible to receive 50% off their fare for three months when they join a vanpool. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
New Vanpool $500 Incentive: Earn $500 in gas cards for starting a vanpool registered with 511 Rideshare. 511 511.org
New Vanpool Seat Subsidies: 511 Rideshare will subsidize empty seats in your vanpool up to $300. 511 511.org
Other Incentives
511 Rideshare Promotions: Enter contests or log your carpool and other green commute trips to be eligible to win prizes! 511 511.org
Contra Costa Drive Less Commuter Incentive: Receive $50 to carpool, take transit, bike or walk. Must live or work in Contra Costa County and would drive alone to work if this incentive was not available. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Contra Costa Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Find electric vehicle charging stations in Contra Costa County. 511 Contra Costa 511contracosta.org
Discounted Carpool/Vanpool Tolls: Carpools and vanpools pay discounted tolls on bridges. Caltrans 511.org
HOV Lanes: Get there faster in a high-occupancy vehicle lane. 511 511.org
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 511.org
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