Carpool Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I carpool?

When you carpool, everybody benefits. You'll save up to thousands of dollars a year on gas, car maintenance and wear and tear and you won't have to deal with the stress of fighting traffic every day. Of course, you're also doing your part to help ease traffic, reduce smog and cut fuel-use.

I don't have a car, can I still carpool?

Select a carpool that will let you chip in for gas and maintenance costs in exchange for a ride. Or find one that lets you ride for a reduced fee if you help drive. If you commute 20 or more miles one way, joining a vanpool may be an affordable option.

Why isn’t my motorcycle counted as a carpool, since it can use the carpool lanes?

Motorcycles are permitted by federal law to use HOV lanes, even though they typically carry only one passenger. The reason is that allowing motorcycles to use HOV lanes keeps them moving, and it is considered safer to keep two-wheel vehicles moving than it is to have them traveling in start-and-stop traffic conditions and has nothing to do with emissions reductions. The campus transportation program emphasis is to promote and subsidize commute trips that do not bring cars to campus, such as walking, cycling and using alternative transportation.

What if I need my car during the day?

CSUF parking and Transportation Services has partnered with Enterprise CarShare to offer cars for you to use right from the campus.  You can rent a car by the hour or by the day, with all gas and insurance included.  For more information visit

How can I carpool with my erratic schedule?

If your schedule often varies, consider carpooling regularly once or twice a week instead of every day.

Isn't it risky to ride with strangers?

Always use your best judgment. Meet with your potential carpool partners before agreeing to ride together. If you decide to give the carpool a try, you may want to set up a probation period. That way, if you're not comfortable, you can easily end the arrangement and find another carpool. There is absolutely no obligation to stay in a carpool that isn't working.

Thinking about carpooling, but aren't sure where to start? Here are some steps for getting a carpool on the road.