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Employee Rideshare Program

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 Employee Rideshare Program is to support sustainable transportation choices and reduce single occupancy vehicle commutes to the campus. This is done by providing CSULB employees with public transit subsidies or fringe benefit incentives.

Members of the Employee Rideshare Program are required to complete a brief Air Quality Management District commute survey once each year. The survey asks how you traveled to campus each day during a work week. Failure to complete the annual AQMD Survey may result in the termination of Rideshare benefits.

Employee Public Transit Subsidies

CSULB has partnered with Long Beach Transit to offer the U-PASS TAP Card Program, which provides free boardings on all Long Beach Transit busses to the following employees:

  • Current faculty, including lecturers
  • Current staff employees, including CCPE, Housing, and Parking, excluding the casual worker classification
  • Currently benefitted auxiliary organization employees (ASI, 49er Shops, 49er Foundation, Research Foundation)

Eligible employees who wish to ride Long Beach Transit to campus may obtain a TAP Card from the Cashier's Office, located on the first floor of Brotman Hall, Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

CSULB faculty or staff who live outside of the LBT service area but within LA County may purchase MTA transit fare for their own commute to and from CSULB and receive reimbursement, by direct deposit only, of:

  • 100% of actuals paid, up to the approved limit, for employees who do not have a CSULB parking permit
  • 50% of actuals paid, up to the approved limit, for employees who do have a CSULB parking permit
Employees, who receive a transit subsidy, including the U-PASS TAP Card, are not eligible for any additional benefits, such as Rideshare Rewards Points.

Employee Rideshare Fringe Benefits

As an incentive to choose a commute alternative to driving alone to work, CSULB Parking and Transportation Services offers University employees 1 point for each day they walk, bike, carpool, ride a motorcycle, or do not come to campus as a result of having already worked a 4/40 or a 3/36 workweek. Each point is worth $1 cash value.

Employees who walk, bike, carpool, ride a motorcycle, or work a compressed work week must complete the on-line Rideshare Registration and record their commute on the on-line monthly Rideshare Record. Points from the previous month must be recorded on the Rideshare Record by the 5th day of the following month. 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.

The IRS considers these Sustainable Transportation 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.