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Ridesharing is more than carpooling and vanpooling. It is bicycling, walking and taking transit and part of the growing movement toward active transportation. With so many options, commuters don’t have to drive alone anymore. Be part of the solution and stop being traffic!
Carpooling is when two or more people ride to reduce the stress of fighting traffic everyday and save thousands of dollars a year on car maintenance, wear and tear and gasoline. Carpoolers not only save trips to the gas pump – they can also cruise past traffic in carpool lanes where, on average, commuters save 36 minutes a day. Get to where you need to go even faster on LA’s ExpressLanes for free.
Vanpooling is another convenient, reliable and economical way to get to work. Vanpoolers save as much as 70 percent in commute costs compared to those who drive alone. Several Southern California Vanpool Programs that make vanpooling even more affordable by providing reductions in vanpool lease costs or other subsidies for starting up a new vanpool.
Bicycling and walking offer healthy and green alternatives to driving alone. If your job is too far, maybe consider bicycling or walking to meet your carpool or to your nearest bus stop or train station.
Public transit options get better every day with improved and faster service, taking a bus or riding a train is a smart way to get to work.
To find a carpool or vanpool, bike buddy or to get transit information simply use Southern California’s online ride matching service, provided by ridematch.info. Or call 511 and say “Rideshare” or “Commuter Services” to find the ridesharing option that works for you.
Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) offers many options to commuters - public transit, free ExpressLanes for carpoolers as well as a $400 monthly lease subsidy for vanpoolers.
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) offers transportation options to meet the unique needs of Orange County commuters and employers. In addition to bus and Metrolink train service, OCTA provides support and promotions to form and encourage the use of carpools, vanpools, cycling and walking to work. We even subsidize your qualifying vanpool up to $400 per month. .
The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) provides a subsidy of up to $1,800 over nine months for new vanpools. Call 800.IECS.4.HELP (800.432.7443) for more information and to see if you qualify.
San Bernardino County
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) provides a subsidy of up to $1,800 over nine months for new vanpools. Call 800.IECS.4.HELP (800.432.7443) for more information and to see if you qualify.
The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) provides resources for commuters interested in starting or participating in a carpool or vanpool. Call 800.438.1112 for more information.