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for Commuters

Did you know that ridesharing includes walking, biking, taking public transport, telecommuting, carpooling, or vanpooling to work?

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) is responsible for efforts throughout San Bernardino County to encourage commuters to walk, bike, take public transport, carpool, or vanpool to work. This is primarily accomplished by providing support to commuters who wish to share rides or use alternative forms of transportation.

For further information on programs offered in San Bernardino County, as well as throughout Southern California, visit the IE511 website for traveler and rideshare information.

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Vanpool Programs

To encourage new vanpools, startup subsidies are being offered to new vanpools that originate and terminate in San Bernardino County.

  • Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Subsidy

    The SBCTA and VVTA have secured a federal grant to jumpstart an ongoing, vanpool subsidy program for vanpools that either originate or terminate in the greater Victor Valley.  The Greater Victor Valley includes the communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Helendale, Hesperia, Lucerne, Victorville, Phelan, Piñon Hills, Oro Grande, Wrightwood, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas within this general geographic area.

    Qualified vanpools receive up to $400 per month, on an ongoing basis, to help defray the vanpool costs.

    Note: Vanpools that qualify for the subsidy cannot receive the SBCTA $2 a day or 9-month staggered vanpool incentive, or any other subsidy from neighboring vanpool programs.

    For qualification information, guidelines, and online applications and forms, visit the VVTA website or email VVTA at vanpool@vvta.org.

  • SBCTA 9-Month Subsidy

    Each new vanpool receives $1,800 over the course of a 9-month period

    • $300 per month for the first three months;
    • $200 per month for the second three months; and
    • $100 per month for the final three months.

    The incentive is paid directly to the vanpool leasing company.  All arrangements, from vanpool formation to final lease agreements, are made directly with the vanpool leasing company.  The incentive will start when the vanpool group takes delivery of the van and begins operation of the new vanpool.

    Note: If fewer than 100% of the vanpool riders are Inland Empire residents, the incentive amount will be prorated accordingly.  For example, if eight of ten riders in a vanpool are Inland Empire residents, the vanpool will receive 80% of the total incentive.

  • Qualifying

    To qualify for the Vanpool Incentive Program, the vanpool must:

    • Be established for the very first time (a completely new vanpool);
    • Start with and maintain a minimum of five people in the vanpool;
    • Have five or more persons commuting on a regular basis to and from work in a van;
    • Be comprised of participants who have not commuted to work in a vanpool in the previous 180 days (with the exception of the vanpool driver); and
    • Be made up of at least 65% of riders living in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties, and originate in the Inland Empire.

    In addition, vanpool riders may not receive any other publicly funded financial incentive while they are participating in this program.

  • Find Carpool/Vanpool Partners

    Log on to www.iecommuter.org, select “Find a Carpool/Vanpool", log on and register in our database so that you can find a carpool or vanpool that meets your needs.  You will instantly receive a RideGuide which provides alternative options to driving alone.

  • More Information

    For additional information call Inland Empire Commuter Assistance Program office at 1.866.RIDESHARE (1.866.743.3742).

Rideshare Rewards Program

The SBCTA encourages commuters to use any of these alternative modes of transportation, while at the same time saving money and earning Rideshare Rewards!  Whether you choose to walk, bike, take public transit, carpool, vanpool, or telecommute to work, we appreciate your efforts to ease traffic congestion and improve air quality.

If you currently rideshare to work or are interested in joining, you may qualify for Rideshare Rewards.

  • $2/Day Rideshare Rewards Program

    By joining a carpool or vanpool, taking public transit, walking, biking, or telecommuting to work, San Bernardino and Western Riverside County residents may be eligible to earn $2/day in gift card incentives for the first three months.

    To qualify for the $2/day Rideshare Rewards Program, you must:

    • Be a resident of San Bernardino or Western Riverside County;
    • Be new to ridesharing;
    • Rideshare to work a minimum of five days per month for three consecutive months; and
    • Work for an employer that participates in the IE Commuter Program.

    To see if you qualify and to find nearby rideshare matches, call 1.866.RIDESHARE (1.866.743.3742) or sign up at www.iecommuter.org.

  • RidesharePlus Rewards Program

    If you currently rideshare to work by taking public transit, walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, or telecommuting to work, you may be eligible for RidesharePlus, an incentive rewards program that offers an entertainment coupon book with access to 200,000 discounts online.

    To qualify for the RidesharePlus Program, you must:

    • Be a resident of San Bernardino or Western Riverside County;
    • Rideshare to work a minimum of five days per month; and
    • Have been ridesharing for three consecutive months.

    To learn more about the program and to see if you qualify, call 1.866.RIDESHARE (1.866.743.3742) or sign up at www.iecommuter.org.