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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 Oct. 1, 2018

Due to ongoing UCOP system-wide negotiations with Enterprise, no new vanpool routes will be created or approved while potential access and pricing changes are being reviewed.


  • 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).


Monthly Rate





Chula Vista (11 vans)


City Heights (3 vans)


Eastlake (3 vans)

$99.50 + $10 SBX

El Cajon


Escondido (3 vans)


La Mesa


Lemon Grove


Logan Heights


Mira Mesa




National City (5 vans)








Rancho Bernardo (2 vans)


Rancho Peñasquitos (3 vans)




Spring Valley (2 vans)


Temecula (5 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.