How to Get There – Vanpool
Vanpools result in substantial benefits for employees, including increased comfort, reduced stress, time savings and reduced commuting costs.
Commuting by Vanpool
Groups of commuters can save money by vanpooling together in vans that range from 7 seater crossovers to 15 passenger vans, including luxury Sprinter vans – and you can start with a group as small as four or five. Most vans are rented month-to-month from local providers CalVans and Enterprise Rideshare and include insurance, maintenance, and roadside assistance. Learn More
Find or Advertise an Open Vanpool Seat
There are many vanpools on the road in Santa Barbara County registered on SmartRide.org – search for one by joining SmartRide and entering your commute details. If you have an empty seat in your existing vanpool, contact us at (805) 963-SAVE so we can help you find a rider. Try SmartRide
How to Form a Vanpool
Traffic Solutions is here to help individuals and employers in Santa Barbara County coordinate vanpool formation. We’ll help you find the right van provider, motivate employees, and teach you about pre-tax deductions for employees to put aside up to $255 per month. Contact us at (805) 96-SAVE or Email Us
SmartRide.org is a one-stop-shop for commuters – offering tools and incentives to improve the way you travel.
Compare how to get from here to there by carpool, vanpool, bus, bike, train, walking or driving. Searches include routes, schedules, and carpool contacts for commuters from Santa Barbara County and neighboring counties. No SmartRide account is needed. Get There
Track your commute to calculate savings and qualify for promotions through Traffic Solutions or participating businesses. Start Tracking
Local business offer their employees benefits and incentives that are managed through our site. Ask if your employer is a provider!
Help your guests arrive car-free by creating an event rideshare page the next time you host a public or private event. You’ll get a free unique URL and widget to use on your website to facilitate carpools and display bus routes and bike routes for your guests. Create Yours
Try out the SmartRide User Tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to use the site. If you’re a Cottage Health employee, use the Cottage SmartRide Tutorial. Network administrators can check out the SmartRide Admin Tutorial for tips on administering a workplace commuter benefits program.
If you have questions about using the SmartRide web service call us at 963-SAVE or Email Us
Carpooling to work is an easy way to reduce the stress of driving, meet great people, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
We’re Here to Connect You.
We’re here to expand your network and connect you with other people nearby who’d like to carpool too. Register with SmartRide.org to instantly generate a list of interested carpoolers. Send messages through your account, arrange a trial carpool, and away you go! You can also post your own carpool and get hits from the growing SmartRide community. Learn More
Who Drives? Can I Carpool Without a Car?
Take turns driving or not, it’s up to you and your carpool partner. Carpoolers often divvy up driving days to make things easy, but there’s no reason you can’t drive all the time or be a passenger all the time. If you don’t have a car you can expect to pitch in money to cover driving costs which include time, gas, and maintenance.
Finding a Long-Distance or One-time Carpool.
SmartRide is designed for daily commuter trips within Santa Barbara County or into Santa Barbara County from neighboring counties. To find a carpool for a long distance or one-time trip, try searching or posting using Craigslist’s rideshare page for Santa Barbara or Zimride for UCSB.
Enjoy stress-free commuting and save thousands of dollars a year by choosing transit. In Santa Barbara County we have access to some of the best bus and train services in the nation.
Transit benefits include a monthly $255 pre-tax deduction that you can use to cover commuting on a bus or train. With or without this benefit, taking transit for your long distance commute will save you thousands of dollars each year. Beyond cash savings, you can enjoy personal time to rest or unwind and take advantage of free Wi-Fi. And each time you choose transit you personally help reduce traffic and improve air quality in our community. Learn More
Bus & Train Schedules
For real-time bus routes and directions, use the SmartRide Trip Planner. For a complete list of transit services and schedules in Santa Barbara County (including connections from neighboring counties), Click Here
Emergency Ride Home
You don’t have to worry about getting stranded at work because Traffic Solutions offers an Emergency Ride Home reimbursement program for bus and train commuters, as well as carpoolers and vanpoolers. Learn More
Biking is joyful. It’s healthy for you and our community.
It fights pollution and CO2 emissions and helps you avoid traffic and save money on your commute.
Bike to Work
Arrive at work refreshed and ride off your stress at the end of the work day. We’ve got the resources to help you find the best routes to work, learn safe biking practices, and get the right gear. We can also help your business become bicycle-friendly. Learn More
The Santa Barbara County Bike Map by Traffic Solutions is compact enough to carry on all of your bike trips and it’s available as a phone app too. The map features bike routes, riding tips, rules of the road, MTB trailheads, and helpful contact information. Learn More
Bike Month: CycleMAYnia
The month of May is CycleMAYnia on Santa Barbara’s South Coast. Traffic Solutions and other community organizations lead more than 30 events including riders, classes and clinics, social gatherings, family outings, and workplace challenges. Learn More
Community Partners and Events
Whether you’re looking for a bike shop, club, a fun ride or event, or classes for youth or adults – we’re here to connect you! Learn More
Bike Apps: Route Finding and Tracking
Searching for a bike route? Want to track your speed and accomplishments? How about log your bike commute trips to get incentives from your employer? We know the apps for that. Learn More
A well designed telecommuting program benefits the employer, the employee, and the community by increasing productivity, making employees happier, and reducing automobile trips.
Telecommuting simply means performing one’s normal work duties at a location away from the conventional office. It can occur in many different forms, from the occasional telecommute day to meet an important deadline without interruptions, to a regular arrangement for one, two and sometimes five days a week.
Create a Formalized Program at your Company
It’s important to know what jobs and tasks are suitable for telecommuting and who makes a good telecommuter. You’ll also want to develop formal policies and written agreements. Traffic Solutions offers resources such as sample policies and telecommuting agreements to help you develop a successful program. Learn More