Rideshare

FOR COMMUTERS

VCTC’s Rideshare Program helps commuters and everyday travelers explore cost-saving, time-saving, eco-friendly alternative modes of transportation to reach their destinations. If you’re thinking about leaving your solo commute behind – even only one or two days a week – VCTC can help. Use our tools to plan your commute, find carpool or vanpool partners and locate park-and-ride lots.

COMMUTE OPTIONS

Share your daily commute and save!

Carpooling to work or campus can save you money, wear and tear on your car, and the environment.

Create a profile at RideMatch.info to access a database of other commuters in your area interested in carpooling. And don’t worry, should an emergency ever arise, the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program will provide you a free ride home.

Join a Carpool

Still not sure if carpooling is right for you, VCTC is here to help, simply call 800.438.1112.

A vanpool is a great option for those with longer commutes.

Vanpools require five or more riders, designated pickup location(s) and similar work destinations and work schedules. Commuters who live 15 miles or more from their worksite are prime candidates for vanpooling.

Create a profile at RideMatch.info to access a database of vanpools in your area. Your employer may also be able to help organize a vanpool with fellow employees.

Join a Vanpool

If no matches are found on RideMatch.info, contact the following providers for help finding an existing vanpool or setting up a new one that fits your commute.

CalVans
866.655.5444
calvans.org/

Enterprise
800.VAN.4.WORK (800.826.9675)
enterpriserideshare.com/vanpool/en.html

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

Riding your bicycle to work is an ideal option if you live within five miles of your workplace.

If you have a longer trip, you can still enjoy bicycling as part of your commute – try combining bicycling with bus or train travel. Riding your bicycle can also provide attractive tax benefits.

Don’t want to bike alone? Create a profile at RideMatch.info to access a database of other commuters in your area interested in biking to work.

Find a Bike Partner

For help planning your bike commute, check out VCTC’s Ventura County Bike Map, an interactive display of all our region’s bike lanes and paths.

Bus

Public transportation can be a convenient option for many commutes. It is also an ideal back-up option because it’s dependable. VCTC offers eight intercity bus lines and connects to local bus service in every part of Ventura County.
Learn more…

Rail

Metrolink connects Ventura County with the greater Los Angeles area via stations at East Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Northridge, Van Nuys, Burbank (Bob Hope Airport), Burbank (Downtown), Glendale, and Los Angeles Union Station.

Amtrak provides daily train service throughout Southern California, including a new weekday commuter trip between Ventura County and Santa Barbara.
Learn more…

With the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, you don’t have to worry about being stranded at work if an emergency comes up. We’ll provide you with a free ride.

Do you qualify?

Anyone working or enrolled in a job training program in Ventura County who travels to work by bus, train, carpool or vanpool is eligible to participate in VCTC’s GRH program.

Register

Create a profile at RideMatch.info.

How it Works

Once enrolled, you are eligible to receive a free taxi ride or one-day car rental on a day you carpool, vanpool, ride the bus, or use Metrolink to travel to work. GRH can be used up to twice a month under the following conditions:
• You become ill, have a child care emergency, or experience a severe crisis for yourself or a family member
• You have an unexpected request by a supervisor to work past your regular work-end time (“Unexpected” means not knowing about the request before arriving at work on the day in question)
• You are stranded at work because your carpool or vanpool driver had to leave due to an emergency (in this instance, each impacted rider in the carpool or vanpool is eligible for GRH)
You will be required to repay the full cost of any trip that is not eligible under Guaranteed Ride Home program guidelines.

To sign up or more information, call 951.352.8006.

Carpool

Share your daily commute and save!

Carpooling to work or campus can save you money, wear and tear on your car, and the environment.

Create a profile at RideMatch.info to access a database of other commuters in your area interested in carpooling. And don’t worry, should an emergency ever arise, the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program will provide you a free ride home.

Join a Carpool

Still not sure if carpooling is right for you, VCTC is here to help, simply call 800.438.1112.


Vanpool

A vanpool is a great option for those with longer commutes.

Vanpools require five or more riders, designated pickup location(s) and similar work destinations and work schedules. Commuters who live 15 miles or more from their worksite are prime candidates for vanpooling.

Create a profile at RideMatch.info to access a database of vanpools in your area. Your employer may also be able to help organize a vanpool with fellow employees.

Join a Vanpool

If no matches are found on RideMatch.info, contact the following providers for help finding an existing vanpool or setting up a new one that fits your commute.

CalVans
866.655.5444
calvans.org/

Enterprise
800.VAN.4.WORK
enterpriserideshare.com/vanpool/en.html

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


Biking

Riding your bicycle to work is an ideal option if you live within five miles of your workplace.

If you have a longer trip, you can still enjoy bicycling as part of your commute – try combining bicycling with bus or train travel. Riding your bicycle can also provide attractive tax benefits.

Don’t want to bike alone? Create a profile at RideMatch.info to access a database of other commuters in your area interested in biking to work.

Find a Bike Partner

For help planning your bike commute, check out VCTC’s Ventura County Bike Map, an interactive display of all our region’s bike lanes and paths.


Transit

BUS

Public transportation can be a convenient option for many commutes. It is also an ideal back-up option because it’s dependable. VCTC offers eight intercity bus lines and connects to local bus service in every part of Ventura County. Learn more…

RAIL

Metrolink connects Ventura County with the greater Los Angeles area via stations at East Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Chatsworth, Northridge, Van Nuys, Burbank (Bob Hope Airport), Burbank (Downtown), Glendale, and Los Angeles Union Station.

Amtrak provide daily train service throughout Southern California, including a new weekday commuter trip between Ventura County and Santa Barbara. Learn more…


GUARANTEED RIDE HOME

With the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, you don’t have to worry about being stranded at work if an emergency comes up. We’ll provide you with a free ride.

Do you qualify?

Anyone working or enrolled in a job training program in Ventura County who travels to work by bus, train, carpool or vanpool is eligible to participate in VCTC’s GRH program.

Register

Create a profile at RideMatch.info.

How it Works

Once enrolled, you are eligible to receive a free taxi ride or one-day car rental on a day you carpool, vanpool, ride the bus, or use Metrolink to travel to work. GRH can be used up to twice a month under the following conditions:
• You become ill, have a child care emergency, or experience a severe crisis for yourself or a family member
• You have an unexpected request by a supervisor to work past your regular work-end time (“Unexpected” means not knowing about the request before arriving at work on the day in question)
• You are stranded at work because your carpool or vanpool driver had to leave due to an emergency (in this instance, each impacted rider in the carpool or vanpool is eligible for GRH)
You will be required to repay the full cost of any trip that is not eligible under Guaranteed Ride Home program guidelines.

To sign up or more information, call 951.352.8006.

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 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 or vanpool or—depending on the Park & Ride lot—possibly catch a bus or train.

Camarillo

  • Pleasant Valley Rd. and Rte. 101
  • 30 N Lewis Rd. at the Metrolink station
  • 690 Ventura Blvd. at Los Posas Rd., adjacent to Rte. 101

East Ventura

  • 6175 Ventura Blvd. at the Metrolink station

Moorpark

  • Los Angeles Ave. and Collins Dr., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • 300 High St., east of Moorpark Ave.

Ojai

  • Ojai Ave. at Montgomery St.

Oxnard

  • 201 East 4th St. at the Metrolink station
  • 2621  E. Ventura Blvd. Rice Ave./Santa Clara Ave. at 101 Freeway
  • Lockwood & Factory Outlet Center

Santa Paula

  • K-Mart, 895 Faulkner Rd., adjacent to Rte. 126

Simi Valley

  • 2501 Stearns St., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • Swank’s Chevron, 2449 Stearns St.
  • 5050 Los Angeles Ave. at the Metrolink station
  • 2599 Sycamore Dr., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • Tapo Canyon Rd., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • Erringer Rd., adjacent to Rte. 118

Thousand Oaks

  • Rancho Rd. at Routes 23 and 101
  • 475 Rancho Conejo Blvd. at Borchard Rd., adjacent to Rte. 101
  • Janss Rd. and Rte. 23

Camarillo

  • Pleasant Valley Rd. and Rte. 101
  • 30 N Lewis Rd. at the Metrolink station
  • 690 Ventura Blvd. at Los Posas Rd., adjacent to Rte. 101

East Ventura

  • 6175 Ventura Blvd. at the Metrolink station

Moorpark

  • Los Angeles Ave. and Collins Dr., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • 300 High St., east of Moorpark Ave.

Oak View

  • Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Rd.

Ojai

  • Ojai Ave. at Montgomery St.

Oxnard

  • 201 East 4th St. at the Metrolink station
  • 2621  E. Ventura Blvd. Rice Ave./Santa Clara Ave. at 101 Freeway
  • Lockwood & Factory Outlet Center

Santa Paula

  • K-Mart, 895 Faulkner Rd., adjacent to Rte. 126

Simi Valley

  • 2501 Stearns St., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • Swank’s Chevron, 2449 Stearns St.
  • 5050 Los Angeles Ave. at the Metrolink station
  • 2599 Sycamore Dr., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • Tapo Canyon Rd., adjacent to Rte. 118
  • Erringer Rd., adjacent to Rte. 118

Thousand Oaks

  • Rancho Rd. at Routes 23 and 101
  • 475 Rancho Conejo Blvd. at Borchard Rd., adjacent to Rte. 101
  • Janss Rd. and Rte. 23

GO 511

For more information on ridesharing options, transit schedules and traffic conditions throughout Southern California, visit go511.com.

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.