Bay Area Commute Tips

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San Mateo

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Bicycle
Bay Bikes: An app-based “smart bike” system for San Mateo bicyclists. City of San Mateo baybikeshare.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
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. Commute.org commute.org
San Mateo County Bicycle Safety Workshops: Interested in learning about bicycle safety? Commute.org can work with your employer to offer a lunchtime workshop. Commute.org commute.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
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
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. Commute.org Commute.org
San Mateo County New Carpooler Incentive: Earn a $50 gift card when you start carpooling to, from or through San Mateo County. Commute.org Commute.org
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
Emergency Ride Home
San Mateo County Emergency Ride Home: Get a free taxi ride in case of emergency if you work in San Mateo County. Must work for an employer that is pre-registered in the program. Commute.org commute.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
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 smcoe.org
Tax Benefits
Commuter Tax Benefits: Save money by paying for transit and vanpools with pre-tax wages. N/A 511.org
Transit and Shuttles
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 SamTrans, Caltrain and VTA discount passes and more. Metropolitan Transportation Commission clippercard.com
San Mateo County First/Last Mile Shuttle Services: Ride one of the 20+ Commute.org shuttles between major transit stations and employer sites and residential locations. Commute.org commute.org
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. Commute.org commute.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 transitandtrails.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
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. Commute.org commute.org
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. Commute.org commute.org
Other Incentives
511 Rideshare Promotions Enter contests or log your carpool and other green commute tips to be eligible to win prizes! 511 511.org
Discounted Carpool/Vanpool Tolls: Carpools and vanpools pay discounted tolls on all 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