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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Santa Clara

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Bicycle
Bay Area Bike Share: The region’s bike-sharing system with 700 bikes in 70 locations across the Bay Area. Motivate bayareabikeshare.com
Bike Mapper: Plan your trip with Bike Mapper! 511 gis.mtc.ca.gov
Bike Racks on Buses: Take your bike with you on the bus. 511 511.org
Carpool & Rideshare
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
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 duetinc.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
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 alamedactc.gov
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
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 sccgov.org
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Safe Routes to School: Take advantage of a free family bicycle workshop. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition bikesiliconvalley.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 VTA, SamTrans and Caltrain discount passes as well as BART High Value Discount tickets. Metropolitan Transportation Commission clippercard.com
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 transitandtrails.org
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 vta.org
Vanpool
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
Discounted Carpool/Vanpool Tolls: Carpools and vanpools pay discounted tolls on bridges. Caltrans 511.org
Express Lanes: Carpools and vanpools travel free in Bay Area Express Lanes (may require FasTrak®). MTC/Local Agencies bayareaexpresslanes.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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