Welcome to the WesternU Employee Rideshare Program!
All Full-time and Regular Part-time Western employees are eligible to participate in the Rideshare Program. This is a benefit that Western University voluntarily provides its employees. The purpose of this program is to reduce emissions from vehicles by reducing the number of commute trips between home and work during peak weekday morning commuting hours of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Ridesharing is one of the strongest means in reducing smog emissions and improving the overall air quality in Southern California.
The benefits of participation in the rideshare program range from the following:
Bonus Pay: A bonus of $3.00 will be paid to employees for each day that they carpool, bike or walk to work. The bonus will be included in the employee’s payroll check after the first full payroll period of the month following receipt and approval of the Rideshare Incentive Voucher by the AQMD Administrator in the Office of Human Resources.
Reminder: Employees who take children to school or day care on their way to work in the a.m. would be eligible for rideshare as long as the child/children are riding with you for more than ½ the distance of your one way commute.
Transit Subsidies/Bus Passes: Reimbursement of up to a maximum of $120.00 per month for bus passes/tickets will be paid. Employees can either submit receipts for tickets or complete the Rideshare Incentive Voucher for reimbursement of $3.00 per day.
Metrolink Tickets: Reimbursement of up to a maximum of $120.00 per month towards Metrolink fares will be paid. Employees will be reimbursed for their fare upon submission of a receipt or other verification of ticket purchase to the AQMD Administrator, Office of Human Resources.
Rideshare Recognition: A raffle, gift certificates, etc. will be given periodically in recognition to those who use alternate means of transportation to work.
An email will be sent out at the end of each month requesting the rideshare reimbursement forms for those employees that carpool, walk or bicycle to work. Please click on the following link which will take you to the form that needs to be completed and submitted monthly to the Office of Human Resources: Rideshare Incentive Voucher
For Rideshare Updates click on the following link: Commute Smart
Additional Rewards ($$) from Inland Empire Commuter Services are detailed below:
Start Up Incentives:
Start up incentives through Inland Empire Commuter Services are available for Employees who live in Riverside, San Bernardino, or Coachella Counties. Please click on the following links for more information and submit the applicable forms to the Office of Human Resources:
Guaranteed Ride Home: The University will guarantee a ride home to employees who participate in Rideshare and have an emergency during normal working hours. The guaranteed ride home will usually be by taxi. The maximum fare to be reimbursed will be $50.00 per ride home and unlimited for metro program.
Looking for someone to carpool with???
Ride Guide Lists:
Available free from the Commuter Action Network, are Ride Guide Lists matching potential Rideshare Partners by zip code with similar work start and end times. You may request a match list by calling 1 (800) COMMUTE. You may also log onto www.go511.com for more ride matching assistance.
Some helpful Ridesharing tips:
- Be on time! Don’t keep people waiting. If you are going to be late or cannot make it to work, give your carpool partner(s) ample notice
- Monetary value should be agreed upon in advance; i.e., some may wish to drive all the time or someone may not have a vehicle, in which case the passenger should contribute toward expenses.
- Have ample gas for the round-trip. Don’t inconvenience others by making stops for any kind of personal errands.
- Refrain from smoking unless all have agreed that smoking is O.K.