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Start a new vanpool or
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

An SB Loop vanpool is a group of five-to-fifteen people sharing a ride to work or vocational/post-secondary school.

BENEFITS to Vanpooling with SB Loop

Save Money. By driving your car less, you'll be saving on gas and maintenance. Not to mention wear and tear—on you, and your car! Plus, SB Loop (the Loop) offers up to $400 each month toward the lease of your van.

Say Yes To Easy! You'll free up time to relax, read a book, catch up on work, or simply enjoy the company of fellow passengers. Ride the Loop, share the ride and relax.

Get Rewarded. SBCTA's IE Commuter rideshare program offers up to $130 in gift card incentives to eligible commuters new to vanpooling and discounts to more than 500,000 local and nationwide retailers.

Ride Assured. If you're employer participates in the IE Commuter rideshare program, you won't feel stranded without a ride home. Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) offers a reimbursed ride during a valid emergency up to two (2) times per year.*

* Employer must participate in SBCTA's IE Commuter Program to be eligible, review the GRH Guidelines here.

QUALIFICATIONS for a Vanpool Subsidy

It's time to improve your commute. Join the easy, comfortable, relaxing way to commute, with the Loop vanpool program!

  • Your employer or vocational/post-secondary school destination must be within the SB Loop Service Area
  • Your vanpool must consist of five-to-fifteen participants (including the driver)
  • Your route must be a minimum of 30 miles roundtrip, between origin and destination
  • Enter a month-to-month lease with a Loop approved Leasing Vendor — CalVans or Enterprise Rideshare
For detailed SB Loop Guidelines, click here.

LET'S GET STARTED!

Ready to start a new chapter in your commute? Join a vanpool or start your own! You are on your way to a better commute with the Loop.

Join an existing Vanpool

  • vanpoolFIND a seat in a van along your route.
  • vanpoolJOIN a waitlist for a van that's currently full.

Start Your Own Vanpool

Want to create your own vanpool? Follow these simple steps to get started.

  1. one Check to see if your vanpool qualifies for the Loop
    • Destination must be within the San Bernardino Service Area
    • Estimated size of your vanpool vehicle (seven-to-fifteen vanpool seats)
    • Estimated number of vanpool participants

    NOTE: Vanpool must have a minimum of 70% occupancy to qualify at startup.

    (e.g. seven passenger van = five participants). Review SB Loop Guidelines for details.

  2. two Find vanpool participants with similar schedules, home and work/school locations
    • Check with your employer or your leasing vendor, they may be able to help
  3. three Organize meeting locations
    • Multiple pick-up and drop-off locations are permitted (and encouraged) to maximize the number of riders
    • Find a Park & Ride lot
  4. four Assign roles within your vanpool
    • Determine who will apply for and enter the month-to-month lease with an SB Loop approved leasing vendor. This person is typically the primary driver of the vanpool and responsible for submitting daily ridership reports and monthly expenses. Be sure to ask your leasing vendor about approving back-up drivers.
  5. five Select an SB Loop approved leasing vendor
    • There are two (2) SB Loop approved leasing vendors, California Vanpool Authority (CalVans) and Enterprise Rideshare. Leasing vendors provide the vanpool vehicle, maintenance, roadside assistance and insurance. Contact them directly to learn about their vehicle offerings and discuss lease rates.
  6. six Submit the Loop Application

    When you are ready to submit your application, simply follow these steps:

    • Interested in starting a vanpool with CalVans? Click here to learn more and submit your application.
    • Enterprise Rideshare Leases
      1. Click here to pre-qualify
      2. Create an account or sign-in to your existing account
      3. Input the information required to submit your application
      4. Check your email regularly. We will be in touch with you throughout the application approval process

Need Assistance? Our Team is Here to Help You!

We are here to provide you with excellence in service throughout the process. Please contact us if you have any questions on vanpooling and getting started:

loop resources The Loop Resources

other resources Other Resources

  • SBCTA (www.gosbcta.com)
    Learn more about the agency operating the Loop and transportation projects in progress throughout San Bernardino County.
  • IE Commuter (www.IECommuter.org)
    Call 866-RIDESHARE (866-743-3742) to see if you're eligible for IE Commuter rideshare rewards and incentives, find a park & ride lot, learn more about rideshare week and stay updated on rideshare events.