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The Green Commuter Program is designed to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship while reducing the cost and stress of an employee's commute by encouraging use of alternative transportation options. The Green Commuter Program works to reduce campus congestion and ease parking demand. As well as promoting good health practices through the development of a "walkable/bikeable" campus. 

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.

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Carpooling to UC Davis Medical Center

A carpool is when two or more UC Davis Health employees or students 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 complete the form below:

Carpool Interest Form

To purchase a carpool permit, all members of the carpool group will need to come into the parking office together to register.

Carpool Permit Monthly Cost per person
2-Person $27.55
3-Person $16.43
4-Person $10.88
5-Person $7.54


Vanpooling to UC Davis Health

A vanpool may consist of 5 or more employees who work on site at least 3 days per week. Vanpoolers must commute a minimum of 15 miles one way to the Medical Center, and 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. 

The cost of joining any vanpool is determined by the number of miles traveled divided by the number of passengers. Parking Services offers a monthly $65 subsidy to each passenger to offset the monthly leased cost. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of starting a vanpool, please complete the carpool interest form, and indicate that you would like to start a vanpool.

Commute with Enterprise

The Green Commuter Program partners with Commute with Enterprise for vanpool creation and management. If you are interested in joining a vanpool, please visit and click "Join Commute" to get started. For questions, please reach out to our local Enterprise representative Sarah Corrigan

Bike Index is here! Click here for more information on registering your bike or scooter through Bike Index, and how to qualify for the Green Commuter Program by biking.  


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.

Parking and Transportation now utilizes Connect Transit Cards for Sacramento RT and El Dorado Transit passes.

Passes can be reloaded online or by cash at the following locations:  Connect Card Transit Card Retail Locations

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.

The School of Medicine/Nursing Permit provides after-hours courtesy parking for School of Medicine and School of Nursing students who are actively registered in the Green Commuter Program.

The School of Medicine/Nursing Permit is ONLY valid after hours and weekends: 5 p.m. — 6 a.m. Monday—Friday and all day Saturday—Sunday. This permit is valid in any B-permit zone*.

To obtain this permit, you must come into the Parking and Transportation Office and:
        •    Show student ID
        •    Be registered in the Green Commuter Program

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Green Commuter Program assistant, Marissa Barber.

*Please note, the School of Medicine/Nursing permit is not valid in stalls marked "Green Commuter Permit Required" (in Lot 12). When using your permit, you may park in any unmarked stall in Lot 12 (or any other B-permit location) during the time specified above.

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 five (5) 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 511 to access this benefit. For additional information see the Emergency Ride Home page here.

Courtesy Parking

Employees participating in a Green Commuter Program, receive up to 24 Green Commuter 1-Day Permits for courtesy parking days each fiscal year. Green Commuter 1-Day Permits are valid for any B parking space, or spaces marked “Green Commuter Permit Required”. Please check with the Parking and Transportation Services office for details.

If you are already registered in the Green Commuter Program, here is instructions on how to activate a Green Commuter 1-Day Permit.

You Could Win Prizes Too!

UC Davis Medical Center has partnered with Sacramento Region 511 to bring additional transportation benefit to our employees, including the Emergency Ride Home.

All employees are eligible to register with Sacramento Region 511, regardless of how you commute to work. The program 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, randomly selected winners will be chosen to receive gift cards to local locations. These will be awarded by the Sacramento TMA. 

Register as a new user or Log in to start earning points: