Kick Start Your Ridesharing Efforts

Pay For Bus, Rail, Vanpool with Pre-Tax Dollars

Would you like to purchase bus, rail or vanpool “tickets” through the payroll deduction process and reduce your taxable income by that amount up to $125 per month? This means that you will pay less income tax! Click here for the required Voluntary Payroll Deduction form and instructions.

Get Rewards For Ridesharing

Do you currently rideshare (carpool, vanpool, train, bus, bike or walk) at least 5 days a month or once a week? For ridesharing, you will receive a “Commuter Club” card honored by local retail merchants for special discounts, a special thank you gift each year and chances to win one of the quarterly drawings.  Click here to view then print the application to enroll in the Commuter Club program.  If you live in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties, you can also enroll in the Rideshare Plus Program. Click here for more information and an application for a discount card good at merchants in the Inland Empire. In addition, OCTA customers can show their bus or train pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder to receive special discounts from local merchants. Click here for a list of participating merchants.

Start Carpooling

Would you like help finding a fellow employee to carpool with to work a few days a week? You can be added to the list of County employees also looking for a carpool match. First, check the current “Carpool Classifieds” listing and send an e-mail to the rideshare office so you can contact County employees that are interested in carpooling from your area. Click here to view the current listing. Click here to request a similar list from the regional rideshare agency that will list employees from other local businesses looking for a carpool match.

Start Riding The Train

Would you like to try riding the Metrolink train to commute to work? Click here to view then print an application for the “Try The Train On Us” program to receive a free 2-day pass and a “Metrolink Ride Guide” if train service is available for your commute. If you like taking the train and sign up for the Commuter Choice monthly pass program through payroll deductions, you’ll receive the first month free. Click here for more information about the three Metrolink lines serving Orange County.

Start Riding The Bus

Would you like to try using the OCTA bus to commute to work? Click here to view then print an application for the “Try the Bus on Us” program to receive a free one-day pass. Click here to generate a customized transit itinerary using OCTA’s Trip Planner. You can ride free for one month by signing up for the Commuter Choice Program. That program allows you to purchase the discounted annual bus pass through the payroll deduction process so that your taxable income will be reduced by up to $55 per month. Click here for the required Voluntary Payroll Deduction form and instructions.

Start Vanpooling

Are you interested in joining or forming a vanpool group to commute to work? Click here for more information about vanpooling. Once you join a vanpool, you can ride free for one month by signing up for the Commuter Choice Program. That program allows you to purchase a voucher to pay for your monthly fare through the payroll deduction process so that your taxable income will be reduced by up to $125 per month. Click here for the required Voluntary Payroll Deduction form and instructions.

Start-A-Vanpool

Start-A-Vanpool - This program is for any employee that leases a vanpool vehicle and forms a vanpool group with at least 3 other County of Orange employees. The employee leasing the vehicle will receive a $300 gift card after the vanpool has been on the road for three months and another $300 gift card after six months.