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Learn About Vanpooling

Learn About Vanpooling

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Vanpooling in an alternative form of transportation available to all UCR faculty, staff and currently enrolled UCR students. UCR Partners with Commute with Enterprise  to provide vanpool services to commuters living within close proximity of each other and allows them to share the ride to and from the UCR campus.  Vanpooling can save you money, reduce wear and tear on your personal vehicle, reduce commute time, help keep the air we breathe cleaner, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce both traffic and parking congestion.

UC Riverside’s vanpools are owned and operated by Commute with Enterprise.  The Vanpool Program is a self-supporting operation; vanpool participants fund all operating costs including vehicle lease costs and fuel.  Monthly lease fares are designated by Commute with Enterprise and are calculated based on the vehicle type, miles travelled, and number of occupants.

Vanpools run daily (except weekends and holidays) and travel to campus once in the morning and return home once in the evening.  Passengers pay a flat monthly rate.  The more you ride, the more you benefit.

Vanpools start-ups must have a minimum of five people and requires at least one primary driver and a vanpool coordinator.  Drivers must be at least 25 years old with a good driving record.

Interested in joining or starting a new vanpool? Go to Commute with Enterprise and click on "Join Commute". Enter your commute data (home/work address and your normal work hours). If there is a match, Commute with Enterprise staff will put you in touch with the Vanpool Coordinator. If there is no match, complete the form anyway to be added to an interest list and be notified when they find matches.

Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students must enroll in the Alternative Transportation Program  to receive incentives outlined in the Alternative Transportation Program.  Undergraduates must request their incentives through the Transportation Services office.

Complimentary Parking Privileges

Vanpool Riders enrolled in the Alternative Transportation Program who do not possess a valid Red, Blue, or Gold parking permit, are eligible to receive a complimentary parking allotment for days they cannot commute in a Vanpool vehicle.  Members receive a prorated permit allotment, based on 2 permits per month. Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are issued on a quarterly basis.  Parking allotments are available through the A/T Daily Web Permit  application. Undergraduates will be granted an allotment of paper permits upon request.

Take the worry out of ridesharing.  Faculty or staff enrolled in the Vanpool Program are eligible to participate in the Regional Guaranteed Ride Home Program offered through IE Commuter.  The program reimburses you for up to two emergency rides per year when using Lyft, Taxi, or Uber to get home in an emergency.   The program is intended for personal and family emergencies or unscheduled overtime at the request of your supervisor. It is not available for rides to work, scheduled appointments or planned overtime.

For complete program rules go to IE511.org

To arrange for an Emergency Ride Home:

  • Arrange your own ride home via Lyft, Uber, Taxi, or other such ride-hailing services.
  • Save receipt(s).  A 15% tip is allowed for reimbursement.
  • Complete the required Reimbursement Claim Form and scan/email along with a copy of the receipt(s) to Transportation Services at alttransportation@ucr.edu.
  • Transportation Services will verify, sign, and submit to IE Commuter for reimbursement.
  • Program is valid for up to two emergency ride homes each fiscal year.

For further details, call Transportation Services at (951) 827-8277.