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.


  • 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).


  • 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 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





Chula Vista (5 vans)

$95.50 to $99.50

Chula Vista to Hillcrest Medical Center (2 vans)


City Heights (4 vans)


East San Diego (3 vans)



$99.50 plus $10 SBX

El Cajon




Escondido (3 vans)


Imperial Beach


Lemon Grove


Mira Mesa (2 vans)


National City (7 vans)

$85.50 to $95.50



Penasquitos (3 vans)


Poway (2 vans)




Rancho Bernardo (2 vans)


Rancho San Diego (2 vans)


Sabre Springs


Sabre Springs to Hillcrest Medical Center


San Ysidro




South Bay (2 vans)


Spring Valley (2 vans)

$89.50 to $94.50

Temecula/Murrieta (6 vans)


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

Commuting/Alternative Transportation