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Carpools

Carpooling is a less expensive and convenient way to reach your destination.  Carpooling results in fewer cars on the road and reduces carbon emissions.  As gas prices and tolls continue to increase, carpooling is a smart and more affordable way to go! 

BenefitsCarpool Rideshare

  • Save on commute costs
  • Use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes can save both time and the cost of tolls
  • Lower your stress
  • Reduce wear and tear on your vehicle
  • Provide the flexibility by carpooling every day, or a few days a month, or anywhere in between.

Tips for Carpools

Make your carpooling experience a great one!  Read our helpful carpool tips.

FREE Ridematch services!RideMAtch

Are you looking for a carpool, vanpool or bike buddy?  Here you can create a commute profile to find matches specifically for you SNCI participates in the regional 511.org ridesharing services, an interactive, on-demand system that helps you find carpools, vanpools or bicycle partners. It's all free to you. 

Park & Ride Lots

Park & Ride LotFree, convenient Park & Ride lots make great places to meet your carpool.

 

 

 

HOV Lanes

HOV LanesHigh-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are a commuter’s best friend during commute hours. You can breeze by traffic and cut your commute time.  To drive in carpool lanes during your commute, you must be in a carpool, vanpool, public transit vehicle, or riding a motorcycle. Single-occupant hybrid vehicles are also permitted in carpool lanes during designated commute hours.

Carpool lanes vary in their hours of operation and the minimum number of people per car. Verify details for the lane(s) on your commute. Follow the guidelines, as a violation of HOV lane use can result in a minimum $490 fine.

During non-commute hours, carpool lanes revert to general traffic use.

Bridge Tolls

Benicia-Martinez Bridge Toll PlazaMake sure to check what the current toll is before you head out.

Bay Area Bridge Tolls

FasTrak Carpools get discounted bridge tolls during peak commute hours with FasTrak and access to carpool lanes.  (Carpools consists of 3 or more people per vehicle)

Emergency Ride Home

Emergency Ride HomeIf you work in Napa or Solano county, you can rest assured as you carpool, vanpool, take transit, bike, or walk to work that your employer and SNCI will be there for you in an emergency.  Enrollment in the SNCI Emergency Ride Home program provides employees with a free taxi ride or a 24-hour car rental in case of a bonafide emergency.

If you work in another county, ask us if you need assistance finding the Emergency Ride Home program there.  Nearly all Bay Area counties have one.

Casual Carpools

Casual CarpoolCasual carpooling is a flexible approach to commuting whereby drivers who wish to use the HOV lanes offer rides to potential passengers who line up at a common, convenient site to wait for rides into San Francisco.  Like other carpools, casual carpools can bypass the long delays and pay reduced tolls at the Bay Bridge, Benicia Bridge and Carquinez Bridge, and use the Bay Bridge carpool-only on-ramps and traffic lanes on the return trip.

Bay Area casual carpool pick-up locations