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Faculty, staff, and graduate students from UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography , 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 predesignated times and locations.
  • Vanpools drop off riders at locations near their offices.
  • UC San Diego non-affiliates pay a higher rate, are not eligible for all incentives, must have medical insurance and cannot become van drivers. For details, call the vanpool coordinator, (858) 534-0883.

Changes Effective July 1, 2017

Due to Enterprise’s acquisition of vRide in December 2016, the vanpool program will be changing on July 1, 2017 when the current vRide contract expires. To leverage negotiated UCOP system-wide pricing, UC San Diego will opt into the UCOP vRide agreement being honored by Enterprise through December 31, 2018.

What this means for vanpool drivers and passengers:

  • The Enterprise transition team will contact the primary driver of each van by email to provide instructions to transition their accounts. All drivers must create a new online driver profile.
  • Anticipated driver requirement changes:
    • Vanpool driver medical exams will no longer be required to obtain or maintain driving privileges.
    • Enterprise may provide in-person driver training for all new vanpool drivers.
    • All other procedures will remain the same until the contract expires.
  • All transitioning vanpools must meet SANDAG’s minimum 80% occupancy requirement to receive federal funding. Vanpools that do not meet this requirement will be discontinued effective June 30, 2017. We have asked Enterprise to delay reassigning these vehicles to give us time to fill seats. We will inform vanpoolers about changes.
  • Currently issued vehicles will remain in use until the end of their lifecycle. Enterprise will retire vans at its discretion.
  • UC San Diego vanpool numbers (e.g., 5000, 5001) will not change. Drivers will continue to use the same fuel key and pin number.
  • UCOP vanpool agreement rates are similar to existing rates. The program will absorb changes in lease costs and rider rates will not increase at this time.
  • The UCOP agreement does not include vendor-provided car washes. Enterprise will not accept car wash receipts for reimbursement. We will develop car wash options during the transition. Until then, vanpools will be responsible for vehicle cleaning costs.


  • 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:
    • Phone: (858) 534-0883
    • Email:
    • Visit the campus or Hillcrest parking office
  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. Receive quarterly 10-Day incentive parking permits.


Contact Commute Solutions.