Parking & Transportation Services
Green Commuter Program

The Green Commuter program is designed to promote environmental stewardship while saving you money and providing an opportunity to win great prizes. This can all be achieved by becoming a Green Commuter Member.

Becoming a member says you are committed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission and air pollution through carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking and taking Regional Transit to work or school at least three times a week.

 

Carpooling to UC Davis Medical Center

A carpool is when two or more UC Davis Medical employees commute together in the same vehicle from a similar location. This allows commuters to save money by sharing the expense of driving. Carpooling allows access to HOV lanes on most major highways which can also save time on your commute. Please note that only UC Davis Medical Center employees count towards permit eligibility.

If you are interested in joining a carpool, but do not know of anyone making your commute please contact the Green Commute Coordinator for ridematching assistance.

Vanpooling to UC Davis Medical Center

A vanpool may consist of 6 or more employees who work at least 50% of the time. Vanpoolers must commute a minimum of 15 miles one way to the Medical Center at least three times a week. They must reside in the same or neighboring zip codes. Vanpools can either be granted reserved parking or park in any "B" designated space, depending on the location and availability. Currently, UC Davis Medical Center's vanpool program is administered through Enterprise Vans.

There are a number of vanpools running, including the areas of Elk Grove, Stockton, Lodi, and Woodland. The cost of joining any vanpool is determined by the number of miles traveled divided by the number of passengers. Parking Services offer a monthly $65 subsidy to each passenger to offset the monthly leased cost. You can choose to join a vanpool on a regular basis or try it out for a few days at the daily rate established by the vanpool. If there is not a van currently running from your home area and you are interested in exploring the possibility of starting a new one, please contact the Green Commute Coordinator for assistance.

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Bicycling to UC Davis Medical Center

Every day tens of thousands of Californians experience the benefits of commuting by bicycle: regular healthy exercise; reduced stress; savings on fuel, insurance and parking permits -all while helping reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. A one-way commute less than 5 miles is a very comfortable distance to cover on a bike. There are, however, many cyclists who commute to the Med Center whose one-way distances are over 20 miles!

Where to Park

Most facilities have standard bike racks available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, Parking and Transportation Services provides locked bike cages and lockers to secure your bike. Locations include Parking Structure 2, Parking Structure 3, Alhambra Cannery and the Broadway Building. Employees may obtain a key to one of the cages or lockers at the Parking and Transportation Services office for a small refundable deposit. Please contact the Green Commute Coordinator for more information about obtaining one of these.

For employees wishing to bike to work, showers and lockers are available in some buildings. Check with your supervisor or the Green Commute Coordinator to learn about available amenities.

Bicycle Licenses

All cyclists wishing to access bike lockers and bike cages on the UC Davis Health System campus and its outer lying buildings must have a current California Bicycle License on their bikes. As part of the department’s Green Commuter Program in the support of the campus’ 2011-2016 Strategic Plan, Goal 7: Sustainable Resources, Strategy 7.5, Environmental Stewardship, registration of bicycles allow the department to further encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of alternative transportation options to the UC Davis Health System campus.

The cost for newly registered bicycles is $10 which includes registration and license. The renewal cost of $5. Both are valid until December 31st of the expiring year. Bicycle licenses are valid for up to 3 years.

Bicycle licenses are renewals can be acquired by visiting the Parking and Transportation Services office Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Bicycles must be present for licensing and registration.

Walking to UC Davis Medical Center

Employees and students who live within one mile of the Medical Center may choose to walk for their daily commutes. Choosing an active commute method, like walking, there are many overlooked benefits such as incorporating exercise into everyday life, increased productivity and reduced stress levels.

Employees who are dropped off on campus may register as a green commuter and receive benefits.

Taking Regional Transit / Light Rail to UC Davis Medical Center

Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) runs bus and light rail services throughout the Sacramento Region. The UC Davis Medical Center is conveniently located near two RT buses and the Gold Line Light Rail. Discounted monthly passes for Regional Transit are available for purchase at the Parking and Transportation Services office. For assistance in planning your transit route please contact the Green Commute Coordinator.

Other Transit Options

There are many public transit providers that service the Medical Center area, but their passes may not be sold in our office. Employees may be issued Commuter Checks to subsidize $65 of their monthly transit costs. Commuter Checks are accepted by all transit agencies including eTrans, Roseville Transit and Amtrak. For more information, please contact the Green Commute Coordinator.

Have You Considered the Benefits?

There are a number of great benefits from using alternative "green options" to get to work. Here are a few to consider:

Reduction in car maintenance
Savings in commute time through the use of commuter lanes
Guaranteed Ride Home Program to get you home in cases of emergency
Reserved parking
Courtesy parking options available each fiscal year when you have to drive

Emergency Ride Home Program

All registered Green Commuters are eligible for up to six (6) Emergency Rides Home a year. This is a complimentary service that provides a ride home in the event of an emergency. You must be registered with the Sacramento Region Commuter Club to access this benefit. For additional information see the Emergency Ride Home page here.

Courtesy Parking

Employees participating in a Green Commuter Program, receive a Rideshare Permit with 24 courtesy parking days per fiscal year. Rideshare Permits are valid for any B parking space. Different guidelines apply for carpools that include commuters not employed by UC Davis Health. Please check with the Parking and Transportation Services office for details. Lost or stolen Rideshare Permits cannot be replaced.

You Could Win Prizes Too!

UC Davis Medical Center has partnered with the Sacramento Regional Commuter Club to bring additional transportation benefit to our employees, including the Emergency Ride Home.

All employees are eligible to register with the Commuter Club, regardless of how you commute to work. The Commuter Club is an interactive way to track your daily trips throughout the year and see what impact your efforts have on the environment.

As a reward for logging your miles, you earn points towards monthly raffle prizes like lunch or dinner at a local restaurant, coffee cards, gift cards, movie passes, and more. Winners will be randomly selected each month.

Register as a new user or Log in to start earning points: www.sacregioncommuterclub.org