University of California, Riverside

Transportation & Parking Services

Vanpool Program


UC Riverside's Vanpools are owned and operated by UCR as part of its Alternative Transportation program.  We currently have over 20 established vanpool routes transporting approximately 150 students, faculty, and staff members to school and work everyday.  

Our Vanpool program matches groups of UCR commuters living within close proximity to our established departure sites and allows them to share the ride to and from the UCR campus.  Just like carpooling, vanpooling can save you money, reduce wear and tear on your personal vehicle, reduces commute time, helps keep the air we breathe cleaner, lowers greenhouse gas emissions and reduces both traffic and parking congestion.  

A Vanpool consist of a group of UCR commuters who ride together from designated departure sites to the UCR campus. A vanpool must have at least one certified driver and one certified alternate driver.

To see if a UCR Vanpool is available near you or to suggest a new route, visit our UCR Vanpool Program site. 


Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students

All members of the University community are eligible to participate in the UCR Vanpool Program. Vanpools provide transportation to campus Monday through Friday, throughout the entire year, traveling from LA, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside Counties. UCR vanpools do not run on weekends or campus holidays.

You must enroll in the Alternative Transportation Program to receive incentives. Eligibility of incentives is subject to verification using University electronic records.

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Complimentary Parking Privileges

Faculty, staff, and graduate student Vanpool Riders who do not possess a valid Red, Blue, or Gold parking permit, are eligible to receive a complimentary parking allotment for days they cannot commute in a Vanpool vehicle.  Members receive a prorated permit allotment, based on 2 permits per month. Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are issued on a quarterly basis.  Parking allotments are available through the A/T Daily Web Permit application.  

In lieu of receiving complimentary daily permits, participants may choose a Night parking permit as their complimentary parking incentive. Night permits are only valid after 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.


Faculty and Staff

Emergency Ride Home Program

The Emergency Ride Home program is available to faculty or staff Vanpool participants in unforeseen emergency situations. The program is intended for personal and family emergencies or unscheduled overtime at the request of your supervisor. It is not available for rides to work, scheduled appointments or planned overtime. Program details can be found on the Emergency Ride Home page.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Transportation & Parking Services
683 Linden Street
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tel: (951) 827-8277
Fax: (951) 827-2178