Start or Join a Vanpool
Want to improve your commute to Stanford? Join a vanpool! They're coming to Stanford from all over the Bay Area. Our rideshare profile page can link you with other Stanford commuters heading your way.
Please note: All official members of a carpool or vanpool must work/study on the same campus (either at main campus or SRWC). For example, if you are currently in a five-person vanpool, and four people are on campus and one person is moving to Stanford Redwood City, you would no longer be eligible for the vanpool subsidy. However, the four-person group is still eligible for an ‘A’-Carpool permit as a carpool.
Current Stanford Vanpools:
Alameda, Berkeley, Manteca, San Francisco, Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, Tracy and more. View our Current Vanpools listing or our Carpool and Vanpool Listings page. Many vanpools allow a free trial ride, and some allow rides on an occasional basis for a small fee.
- Vanpools with five or more Commute Club-members can ride for free with a 100 percent vanpool lease subsidy.
- Plus, eligible vanpool members can apply for Commute Club to receive up to $300 a year in Clean Air Cash.
- Stanford vanpools receive free premium parking on campus, reserved until 10 a.m. Vanpools commuting to Stanford Redwood City will receive free parking at SRWC, reserved until 10 a.m.
Forming your vanpool
If you don't already have five or more vanpool riders in mind, visit our Ridematching page to find Stanford affiliates to share your commute. There are a number of options you can consider to recruit riders.
- Post your vanpool on Scoop, a public app that includes Stanford subsidies, for specific days you have seats available.
- Post your vanpool on Stanford's Carpool and Vanpool Listings page to recruit Stanford affiliates. This page is designed to enable carpool and vanpool groups to recruit new riders. You can post and filter by origin and worksite, including SRWC!
- Contact our rideshare coordinator to request targeted outreach to Stanford commuters.
- Post your vanpool on the Stanford Staffers or Staffers Village email listservs.
- Contact Stanford's designated representative at Enterprise Rideshare.
If you have questions about the service, or if it does not lead to a match for you, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may be able to help identify other alternatives available to you, such as transit and/or biking.
Applying for a vanpool permit
To apply for a vanpool permit, you need to form your vanpool group and request a carpool permit via our online portal. All members of the vanpool must enter their information when forming the group. At least five vanpool members must meet the eligibility requirements for the Commute Club.
Starting a vanpool is the same process as starting a carpool in our online system. Please use the following process and refer to our "how to" pages when forming your vanpool and applying for a permit.
Your permit will be valid as soon as you complete the request for your carpool permit.
Employees commuting to SRWC
Eligible commuters who sign up for a vanpool are eligible for a free 'C-SRWC Carpool' permit or a free ‘A’-Carpool permit and become a Commute Club member. Your SRWC permit will also be valid on main campus. SRWC carpool permits will work the same way they do on the main campus. Even though there is no ‘A’ parking permit at SRWC, the ‘A’-Carpool permit will be valid in ‘A’ spaces for times when you visit the main campus. As a rule, we ask that you use carpool spaces only when you actually carpool to those destinations. For example, if you drive alone to the main campus, please park in an ‘A’ or ‘C’ permit space based on your permit type, rather than parking in a carpool space (unless it is after 10 a.m., when carpool spaces are available to all corresponding permit holders).
How does vanpooling work?
What is a vanpool?
A commuter vanpool is a group of five or more people who commute to and from work in a passenger vehicle that seats at least seven people. Stanford offers a 100-percent subsidy for vanpools with five or more members who are eligible for the Commute Club.
You can ride most vanpools on a full-time or occasional basis, whichever fits your schedule. Full-time passengers have reserved seats and ride on a month-to-month basis. Occasional passengers ride on a space-available basis and may pay a set fee per trip, depending on the vanpool group. And if you're the driver, you get free use of the vehicle after-hours!
Benefits for Drivers and Riders:
- Receive a free premium 'A'-Carpool parking permit
- Receive up to $300 per year in Clean Air Cash (if eligible)
- Receive a full vehicle subsidy (if eligible), which includes free insurance and maintenance on the vehicle
- Enjoy reduced or free bridge tolls and express-lane access with FasTrak
- Reduce wear and tear on personal vehicles
- Reduce personal auto insurance premiums based on reduced miles driven each year
- Receive personal use of the vehicle on evenings and weekends
- Pick up and drop off passengers at designated site(s)
- Fill the gas tank
- Keep the van clean
- Arrange for free maintenance
- Collect payments or ask another member to collect payments from passengers to cover monthly gas and toll expenses
- Pay for gas and toll expenses
- Arrive at pre-arranged pick-up sites on time
- Give a 30-day notice if leaving the vanpool
- Read, sleep, work, surf on a mobile device, or socialize during the commute
In case of an emergency
"What if my child gets sick and I have to leave immediately?"
"What if my vanpool driver has to leave for an emergency?"
"What if my neighbor calls to tell me that my home is on fire?"
What if I need to run an off-campus errand?
Join Zipcar as a Commute Club member, and you will receive up to $102 a year in Zipcar credit.