VCTC’s Rideshare Program helps commuters, employers and everyday travelers explore cost-saving, time-saving, eco-friendly alternative modes of transportation to reach their destinations.

FOR COMMUTERS

If you’re thinking about leaving your solo commute behind even only one or two days a week, we can help you. Our tools can help plan your commute, find carpool or vanpool riders, find park-and-ride lots, see how much you can save on your taxes by commuting, and calculate how much you could be saving by sharing your ride.

CARPOOLING BASICS

Create a profile at RideMatch.info to access a database of other commuters in your area interested in carpooling.

Use the Commute Cost Calculator to see how much you could be saving by sharing your ride.

And don’t worry, should an emergency ever arise, the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program will provide you a free ride home.

Here are some tips for contacting other commuters.

> Let them know you received their contact information from RideMatch and that you’d like to carpool
> How often you plan to carpool
> Where to meet
Some of these Park & Ride may be a convenient meeting point
> What to do if you can’t drive one day
> What to do if you are required to work late
Remember, GRH will get you home in an emergency
> How long to wait if someone is running late
> Music preferences
> Will smoking be allowed
> Will side trips be allowed
> Driver duties (such as filling up the gas tank, keeping vehicle clean)
> Agree to a two-week or longer probation period to make sure you both feel comfortable

Still not sure if carpooling is right for you, VCTC is here to help, simply call (800)438-1112.

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COMMUTE COST CALCULATOR

The Commute Cost Calculator shows you how much money you are spending commuting alone and how much you could be saving by sharing your ride. Try it and see if ridesharing is the right choice for you. Commute Cost Calculator

TAX SAVINGS

Ridesharing has many benefits and among them are pre-tax incentives. Effective January 1, 2014, rideshare participants can receive $130 in monthly pre-tax money to assist with ridesharing costs. Contact your human resources/office manager or give us a call to learn more, (800)438-1112.

This pre-tax deduction can be used to pay for vanpool, bus, and train expenses – any mode of mass transit. These benefits can be provided by an employer by purchasing transit passes or sponsoring vanpools, offer a pre-tax payroll deduction, or provide a combination of the two options (IRS Code 132(f) – Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits). Additional details are available in IRS Publication 15-B (http://www.irs.gov/publications/p15b/ar02.html) or from your personal tax professional.

Plus, bicycle commuters are eligible to receive a $20 monthly “qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement” (up to $240 annually) stemming from the 2008 Federal Energy Act. This reimbursement can be used for bicycle improvements, repair, storage, or the purchase of a new bicycle.

PARK & RIDE

Park & Ride lots provide a secure, convenient place to park your car so you can transfer to a carpool, vanpool, bus or-depending on the Park & Ride lot-possibly catch a bus or train.

Ventura County Park & Ride Lots
Imbed map: https://go511.com/Rideshare/Index
If traveling outside of Ventura County visit go511.com for traffic information in Southern California.

Camarillo

Pleasant Valley Road and Route 101
30 N Lewis Road at the Metrolink station
690 Ventura Boulevard at Los Posas Road, adjacent to Route 101

Camarillo
  • Pleasant Valley Road and Route 101
  • 30 N Lewis Road at the Metrolink station
  • 690 Ventura Boulevard at Los Posas Road, adjacent to Route 101
East Ventura
  • 6175 Ventura Boulevard at the Metrolink station
Moorpark
  • Pleasant Valley Road and Route 101
  • 30 N Lewis Road at the Metrolink station
  • 690 Ventura Boulevard at Los Posas Road, adjacent to Route 101
Camarillo
  • Los Angeles Avenue and Collins Drive, adjacent to Route 118
  • 300 High Street, east of Moorpark Avenue
Oak View
  • Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road
Ojai
  • Ojai Avenue at Montgomery Street
Oxnard
  • 201 East 4th Street at the Metrolink station
  • 2621 E. Ventura Blvd. Rice Ave/Santa Clara Avenue at 101 Freeway
  • Lockwood & Factory Outlet Center
Santa Paula
  • K-Mart, 895 Faulkner Road, adjacent to Route 126
Simi Valley
  • 2501 Stearns Street, adjacent to Route 118
  • Swank’s Chevron, 2449 Stearns Street
  • 5050 Los Angeles Avenue at the Metrolink station
  • 2599 Sycamore Drive, adjacent to Route 118
  • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 5649 East Pittman Street
  • Tapo Canyon Road, adjacent to Route 118
  • Erringer Road, adjacent to Route 118
Thousand Oaks
  • Rancho Road at Routes 23 and 101
  • 475 Rancho Conejo Boulevard at Borchard Road, adjacent to Route 101
  • Janss Road and Route 23

ON THE GO

On the Go is a monthly newsletter published for Southern California commuters. It offers suggestions for ridesharing and its many benefits along with important and fun activities related to ridesharing throughout the year. Check back monthly to stay informed.