Alternative Transportation

Alternative Transportation

Give yourself more time to rest and relax before and after work by leaving the driving to someone else. Wherever you’re coming from (or going to) in the Bay Area, we have many options for those who want alternatives to driving and public transit.

5 Free Rides
Start carpooling with ridematch apps that take the guesswork out of finding a carpool buddy and scheduling a ride. New Scoop and Waze Carpool users receive five free rides Feb - June 2019.
Scoop - Download the app and see 5 carpool credits automatically
Waze Carpool - Download the app and enter promo code “CARPOOL” for 5 free rides
More information at carpool.511.org. Five Free Rides is brought to you by the Bay Area Carpool Program.

See All Your Commute Options in One Place

MyCommute
UCSF Transportation Services offers MyCommute, a one-stop source for all of your commuting needs. Discover all the transportation options, shuttles, biking, match with a carpool or vanpool, and parking, UCSF wants to make sure you get to our campuses safely and sustainably.

UCSF MyCommute

Zimride
UCSF Transportation Services offers Zimride, an online ride-matching service, to help UCSF employees and students locate fellow UCSF commuters who are interested in carpooling.

UCSF Zimride

Public Transportation & Pass Sales

Public Transportation & Pass Sales
It’s easy to get to UCSF by public transit from most San Francisco Bay Area locations. Muni buses and light rail provide direct service to most parts of campus. If you’re visiting UCSF from outside San Francisco you can use Caltrain, BART, Golden Gate Transit, or Golden Gate and Tideline Ferry for quick and convenient connections to Muni.

Public Transportation & Pass Sales

Pre-Tax Savings Program
The commuter benefits program allows eligible UCSF employees to set aside payroll earnings on a pre-tax basis to use towards public transit expenses.  Using pre-tax money on eligible commuting expenses can save you 30-40% by reducing your taxable income. Use the pre-tax commuter benefit savings card to pay for Muni, Caltrain, BART, Golden Gate Transit, or Golden Gate Ferry, and others; for additional convenience and time savings, connect your pre-tax commuter benefit savings card to a Clipper card.

Pre-Tax Savings Program

Vanpool, Carpool & Lyft

Sharing the ride with just one other person can cut your commuting costs in half. Whether you chose to carpool or vanpool five days a week with the same people or occasionally share your ride as a driver or as a passenger, UCSF wants to help you match with others who want to share a ride.

Vanpool
Currently, over 20 UCSF-sponsored vanpools commute to campus from various East Bay, North Bay, and South Bay communities. UCSF Vanpools are eligible for UCSF staff for payment with your pre-tax commuter benefits.

UCSF Vanpools

Carpool Parking
Save money and park with ease when you share your commute to UCSF. When you’re a carpool member, you can purchase carpool parking permits on a pre-tax basis and gain access to spaces reserved exclusively for carpoolers.

Carpool Parking at UCSF

Casual Carpool
Casual carpool is an alternative method for creating carpools, it is convenient due to the time savings made possible by its ad-hoc nature. Casual carpools are formed between at least two riders and one driver at the pickup locations in the East Bay during carpool lane hours. Both riders and drivers can form a carpool almost immediately when they arrive, it can be faster than relying on a traditional carpool or public transit.

Sharing the ride with just one other person can cut your commuting costs in half. Whether you chose to carpool or vanpool five days a week with the same people or occasionally share your ride as a driver or as a passenger, UCSf wants to help you match with others who want to share a ride.

Casual Carpool

New apps offer flexibility for one-way, round-trip and sporadic carpooling.

Scoop
Scoop is an app that automatically matches nearby commuters into carpools. Riders and Drivers share commute costs with all transactions occurring directly in the app. If you prefer to drive a carpool, you will receive a reimbursement for each trip. If you would rather ride along in a carpool, you’ll share the commute costs with the Driver. When you carpool with Scoop in the morning, they guarantees your ride home.

Scoop Carpool

Waze Carpool
Waze Carpool is an app that matches drivers and riders who are going in the same way to work or back home, and helps share the cost of gas at $0.54 per mile.

Waze Carpool

Lyft
Lyft Line is an app based carpool type ridesharing service that pairs you with other passengers who are traveling along the same route. Lyft Line drivers are the same as regular Lyft drivers but Lyft Line prices are up to 60% cheaper since you are splitting the cost of the ride with several strangers. Lyft Line rides are eligible for UCSF staff for payment with your pre-tax commuter benefits.

Lyft Line

Share a Car or Scooter

Scoot
Scoot is a sustainable transportation option where you can rent electric mopeds.

Scoot

Zipcar
Zipcar is an alternative to owning or driving your car to work. There are a variety of vehicles types to chose from and you can rent vehicles by the hour or day.

Zipcar

Work From Home

UCSF encourages telecommuting from home offices to create a supportive work environment.

Telecommuting

Read the UCSF Telecommuting Guidelines and Resources

UCSF Human Resources Telecommuting Guidelines and Resources

Going Green: EV & Green Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and priority parking spaces are available for Green Cars.

Electric Vehicle & Green Cars

Parking Options: for when you rarely drive

UCSF Transportation Services offers single-day daytime parking permit for commuters who use alternative commuting options. These single-day “D” permits are available to UCSF faculty, staff, and students who commute to UCSF by an alternative transportation mode at least 4 of 5 days per week or 80% of their total commute to UCSF. “Alternative transportation” includes vanpool, bicycle, and/or public transit; you must be a registered user of the vanpool, bicycle permit, or pre-tax commuter benefit programs.

D Permit Policies
D Permit Application

We’ll Get You Home in an Emergency

We understand that emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. When they happen while you’re at work, the UCSF Employee Emergency Ride Home program makes sure you’re covered.
Emergency Ride Home

For more information, contact:

Georgina Arias, Transportation Demand Manager
(415) 514-2966
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