Alternative Transportation

Explore your options for a car-free commute, or make plans to share a ride.

Start with to find sustainable transit options that are custom tailored to your unique starting location and destination. Included are options for carpool, vanpool, public transit, biking and more. See more information in the MyCommute section below.

Have you heard about UCSF’s vanpool program?

More than 20 UCSF-sponsored vanpools commute to UCSF and from all over the Bay Area. See the Vanpool section below for details.

Start here:

Start with to plan your daily UCSF commute with ease. MyCommute is an online commute planning tool that helps you find transit options that are custom tailored to your unique starting location and destination, including carpool, vanpool, public transit, biking, and walking. Registration is quick and easy, get started today.


Share your ride with fellow UCSF staff and students and save money on your commute expenses. A vanpool group consists of 6 or more individuals who live in same area and have similar work schedules. And, with reserved parking, you are guaranteed to park with ease upon arriving at UCSF.

More than 20 UCSF-sponsored vanpools that commute from all over the Bay Area. Interested commuters can now try vanpool for 2 weeks free.

Visit UCSF Vanpool to find a vanpool in your area.


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

Ready to find other people to carpool with? Visit UCSF Carpool to learn more.

Click here to learn more about UCSF’s options and upcoming plans to support carpoolers.

Share a Car or Scooter

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


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.



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


Going Green: EV & Green Vehicles

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

Electric Vehicle & Green Cars

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

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

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.

For more information, contact:

Georgina Arias, Transportation Demand Manager
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