Vanpools

Faculty, staff and students from UC San Diego, Scripps, Salk Institute and VA Hospital can participate in the vanpool program.

  • Vanpool groups determine their own commuting schedule.
  • Each vanpool has a primary and backup driver. They usually ride free or at a reduced price, depending on their arrangement.
  • Riders board at a predesignated times and locations.
  • Vanpools drop off riders at locations near their offices.

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, Commute Solutions and the vanpool program will be evaluating options for continuing vanpoolingservice to campus, including a potential opt-in UC systemwide program. During this time, no new routes will be added. The vanpool coordinator will continue to maintain waiting lists and make open seats available on existing vanpool routes.

Note: UC San Diego non-affiliates participate at a higher rate and do not receive all incentives. They must have medical insurance and cannot become van drivers. Call the vanpool coordinator, (858) 534-0883, for details.

Incentives

  • Free trial period: Ride one week free on established vanpools (space available).
  • Save time: Vanpools use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
  • Save money: Decrease gas and vehicle maintenance costs. Eliminate parking costs.
  • Park free when necessary: Receive a complimentary 10 Day permit each quarter.
  • Emergency rides home: Register in advance for Guaranteed Ride Home, a SANDAG program that provides rides in case of illness, unscheduled overtime, or family emergencies. Registered users, dial 511 when you need a ride.
  • Drive shared vehicles: Pay no Zipcar application fee and receive rental credits (when you meet UCSD eligibility requirements).

Rates

  • Routes and rates appear below. Monthly fees vary based on distance traveled. Pickup and drop-off times and locations for each van varies based on riders. Email vanpools@ucsd.edu for details.
  • If no existing vanpool will work for you, use UC San Diego’s ridesharing network to find other UC San Diego affiliates and form a carpool.
  • You may also contact vRide to see if other vanpools in the area have space available; call 800-VAN-RIDE for more information.
  • Transportation Services subsidizes affiliate rates. Eligible non-UCSD affiliates should expect to pay a higher fare.
  • Paying monthly fees:
    • Eligible faculty and staff pay monthly fees through payroll deduction.
    • Students pay each quarter in advance with cash or check (payable to UC Regents).
    • Non-UCSD affiliates pay monthly with cash or check (payable to UC Regents).
Route Monthly Rate

Alpine

$91.50

Cardiff

$82.50

Chula Vista (5 vans)

$95.50 to $99.50

Chula Vista to Hillcrest Medical Center (2 vans)

$85.50

City Heights (4 vans)

$87.50

East San Diego (3 vans)

$85.50

Eastlake

$99.50 plus $10 SBX

El Cajon

$91.50

Encinitas

$82.50

Escondido (3 vans)

$99.50

Imperial Beach

$104.50

Lemon Grove

$90.50

Mira Mesa (2 vans)

$76.50

National City (7 vans)

$85.50 to $95.50

Oceanside

$104.50

Penasquitos (3 vans)

$88.50

Poway (2 vans)

$93.50

Ramona

$103.50

Rancho Bernardo (2 vans)

$93.50

Rancho San Diego (2 vans)

$94.50

Sabre Springs

$88.50

Sabre Springs to Hillcrest Medical Center

$86.50

San Ysidro

$104.50

Santee

$93.50

South Bay (2 vans)

$95.50

Spring Valley (2 vans)

$89.50 to $94.50

Temecula/Murrieta (6 vans)

$132.50

How to join

  1. Arrange a free 5-day trial with the vanpool coordinator.
  2. To join, complete a Vanpool Program Authorization of Payroll Deduction form (PDF) or request one by:
  3. The vanpool coordinator will calculate the initial payment based on your start date prior to activation of payroll deductions.
  4. Submit your completed form and a check or money order payable to UC Regents:
    • By campus mail: Vanpool coordinator, Mail Code 0011
    • In person: Commute Solutions desk, the campus or Hillcrest parking office
  5. Pick up your complimentary 10 Day permit at the parking office. Bring:
    • Valid UCSD ID
    • Vehicle registration for up to 3 vehicles—registered to you, a family member, or an eligible domestic partner at a single address. (Undergraduates must do so within the first 6 weeks of the quarter.)
    • Your vanpool driver will distribute subsequent permits.

Complimentary 10 Day permits

  • See Using Your Parking Permit.
  • Complimentary Commute Solutions permits
    • Are nontransferable. Only the member who is issued the permit can use it. You cannot share, sell, or give it away.
    • Allow parking for the vehicle(s) officially documented in the Transportation Services database only. To add a vehicle, bring your registration to Commute Solutions.
    • Expire on June 30 each year

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