Rideshare Modes

Ridesharing includes several commuting modes in which participants share a vehicle with others such as a carpool, vanpool, train or bus. It also includes non-vehicle modes such as bike commuting and walking to work. Here are some basic definitions with links to related FAQs. 
 

What is carpooling?
Carpooling is two or more people riding together who usually taking turns driving their own vehicles. Click here for answers to more frequently asked questions about carpooling.


What is vanpooling?
Vanpooling is seven to 15 people who commute together in a van on a regular basis. One person usually leases, drives and maintains the van while the riders pay a monthly fare. Most vans are obtained through a vanpool leasing company by one member of the vanpool group. Click here for answers to more frequently asked questions about vanpooling.


What is Metrolink?
Metrolink is the rail system that operates commuter trains on seven regional lines in the Southern California counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Orange, Los Angeles and North San Diego to Oceanside. Metrolink has 56 stations, 12 in Orange County, serving more than 44,000 daily passengers daily over a 512 route-mile network. Click here for answers to more frequently asked questions about riding Metrolink Commuter Rail.


What is Amtrak?
It is the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, known as Amtrak.  Amtrak operates 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. Click here for answers to more frequently asked questions about riding Amtrak.


What is the OCTA local bus system?
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) operates 76 bus routes with 6,500 bus stops to reach nearly any Orange County destination. OCTA bus stops are conveniently located walking distance to most business and shopping destinations. Click here for answers to more frequently asked questions about riding OCTA buses.


What should I know about bicycling or walking to work?
Bicycling and walking to work is the most cost-efficient means of commuting. Riding a bicycle or walking to and from work even one day a week saves gasoline, helps the environment and you get exercise. Click here for answers to more frequently asked questions about bicycling or walking to work.