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Commuters

Find a Better Commute

Personalized Commute Planning

We help you plan your commute by offering custom recommendations based on your work schedule, commitments before and after work, and other factors that are important to you. Fill out the questionnaire (link below) to tell us about your commute, and we’ll respond with your plan for an easy commute.

Personalized Commute Planning Questionnaire

STAR

Create a free STAR (Support, Track, and Reward) account on my.commute.org to access Commute.org’s reward programs, as well as a trip planning tool that helps you explore your commute options including Commute.org shuttles, public transit, and bicycling. STAR also helps you find carpool or vanpool matches that you can connect with directly on the platform.

Track your sustainable commute trips to unlock rewards and participate in challenges, then see the impact your commute has with personal stats like CO2 reduction and cost savings. Flip through our STAR Guide for Commuters (accede a la guía para viajeros en español aquí) for more information on how to get started.

Create Your STAR Account

Bicycling

Bicycling is an efficient, low-cost commute alternative that relieves traffic congestion, reduces air pollution, and improves health and road safety. Biking is great for both you and your community!

Rewards and services Commute.org offers to support bicyclists include a $100 Reward for Bicycling to Work, FREE on-site bike safety workshops led by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor, and a Guaranteed Ride Home program. We also celebrate National Bike Month in May with Bike to Work Day.

Our partners the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offer a wide variety of resources, programs, and events to support bicycling in the region. Check out the 5-part bike education online seminar series we produced with SVBC, covering topics such as rules of the road, how to pick the right bike, and family biking.

San Mateo County Resources:
San Mateo County Bike Maps
“Biking in San Mateo County” English & Spanish brochure (Courtesy of County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability)
“Safe Bicycling in San Mateo County” Handbook

Other Resources:
– secure bicycle parking at BART and Caltrain stations, including new BikeLink on-demand electronic lockers
tips for how to securely lock your bike
511.org Bay Area bicycle resources

Teleworking

Teleworking offers commuters more flexibility, while reducing transportation costs and the stress of commuting. If you have the option to telework, here are some resources to help you make the most of it. And remember, you can earn points to redeem in our STAR Store and enter seasonal raffle drawings by logging your telecommutes on our STAR Platform.

Telework Tip Sheet

Ridesharing

Ridesharing* is a convenient way to travel to and from work. Benefits of carpooling and vanpooling include:

  • Money savings on gas and reduced wear & tear on your car
  • Reduced or free use of highway express or toll lanes
  • Reduced or free bridge tolls
  • Less traffic congestion, reduced travel time, and less wasted time circling the parking lot looking for a spot
  • Improved air quality
  • Qualification for Commute.org’s Guaranteed Ride Home program if you work in San Mateo County

*not to be confused with ride-hailing (e.g. Uber, Lyft)

Resources

Transit

Between BART, Caltrain, SF Bay Ferry, and SamTrans, commuters have a variety of transit options available to them in San Mateo County. Transit riders can count on Commute.org’s shuttles to connect to transit from home or to work from BART/Caltrain stations. Using public transit for your commute allows you to enjoy a relaxing ride to catch up on work, listen to music, and prepare for the work day ahead stress-free.

For schedules, parking policies, and general information about each transit agency, please visit their websites:

Fares vary by transit agency, so use Clipper card as a convenient payment option. Clipper offers several discount programs:

  • Clipper START (20% or 50% discount for low-income riders)
  • Youth & Senior discounts
  • RTC Clipper card for riders with qualifying disabilities

You have several payment options (cash, debit/credit card) for loading value onto your Clipper card. Please note that if you use some methods, like reloading online with a debit or credit card, you may have to wait a few days for the transaction to process before you can use the new value. Visit Clipper’s website for more information.

Walking

No matter their primary mode of transportation, everyone is a pedestrian at some point. Replacing driving with walking for short-distance trips you’d normally use your car for can have many benefits for your physical and mental health, as well as for the environment.

Pedestrian Safety Tips from NHTSA:

#1: Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
#2: Walk on sidewalks whenever they’re available.
#3: If there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road, facing towards traffic.

For more safety tips and resources from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), click here.

Rewards:
If you walk to work, log your trips on STAR by Commute.org to get rewarded with prizes from the STAR Store. Plan your route in advance with STAR’s trip planning tool, accessible at my.commute.org.

Resources:
San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Vision Zero Network resources

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