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Employee Rideshare Incentives for Sustainable Transportation

Guideline Contents

  • Responsible University Officer:
    Director of Parking and Transportation Services
  • Guideline Contact:

    Director of Parking and Transportation Services


CSULB is committed to supporting sustainable transportation options for our campus community. This is in accordance with the South Coast Air Quality Management District requirement for all companies with over 250 employees in the South Coast Air Basin to have an employee commute reduction program in place. The purpose of this guideline is to support sustainable transportation choices and reduce single occupancy vehicle commutes by providing University employees with Rideshare incentives to encourage sustainable commutes by walking, bicycling, carpooling, or serving as a Vanpool Coordinator.


Rideshare Incentive Points for Sustainable Transportation

As an incentive to choose a commute alternative to driving alone to work, California State University, Long Beach, Parking and Transportation Services offers University employees 1 point for each day they walk, bike, carpool, or vanpool (Coordinator only). To be eligible to earn points for carpooling, the carpool must save a parking space on campus, and the fellow carpooler must be a CSULB student, another employee, or the employee is dropped off. Each point is worth $1 cash value, and points may be accrued and redeemed as described in the procedures below.

Any disciplinary action resulting from violations of this policy or program supporting policies, standards or procedures shall be administered in a manner consistent with the terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement and/or the applicable provisions of the California Education Code.

The IRS considers these Rideshare Incentives to be taxable fringe benefits. The total redeemed incentives will be taxed at current state and federal rates. These taxes will be taken out of the following month’s paycheck.

Additional Sustainable Transportation Program Benefits and Services

As an incentive to commute using sustainable transportation, the program provides employees who are registered with the Rideshare Program a Guaranteed Ride Home up to two times a year in the event of an emergency.

In case of severe weather or unsafe conditions, permits are available for employees who do not have a parking permit and who are registered with the Rideshare Sustainable Transportation Program as commuting to campus daily as pedestrians or bicyclists. Registered pedestrians or cyclists who need to drive in to campus due to severe weather or unsafe conditions may stop by the Visitor Information Center to obtain a permit for the day, and the cost for the permit will be charged back to the Sustainable Transportation Program.

Falsification or willful misrepresentation of information to obtain any available benefit or incentive can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including employee termination.


  1. Apply for the Rideshare Sustainable Transportation Program at
  2. By the 5th day of each month, record and submit daily points on the Rideshare Record.
  3. Upon each monthly submission of points, the employee will be offered the option to save the points or to request to withdraw points in exchange for Rideshare Rewards items, such as Beach Bucks or gift cards, in increments of $25.
  4. Rewards requests are processed within 30 days of receipt by the Sustainable Transportation Coordinator.
  5. The employee will receive an email confirmation that Beach Bucks are ready for use or gift cards are ready for pick up.
  6. The employee must sign the receipt and receive the requested items at the Parking Office.

If the employee fails to pick up his gift card(s) after three months and fails to contact the Rideshare Coordinator, his submitted points will be forfeited. Points may be accrued and saved up to a limit of $250, and they may be withdrawn in increments of $25 gift cards to available vendors.  Any employee who accrues more than $250 points will receive a reminder email that they should withdraw any points above $250 within 30 days, or any points above $250 will be forfeited at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. It is the employee’s responsibility to withdraw all accrued points upon separation from the University or points will be forfeited after separation.



Subject Contact Phone Email
Primary Guideline Contact Ellie Christov (562) 985-8328
Subject Matter Expert Brigitte Driller (562) 985-7433


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Issue Date: February 14, 2013

Last Review Date: August 15, 2016

Amended Date: August 15, 2016

Amended Description: Updated web links and changed eligible modes