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The County of San Mateo is committed to reducing traffic and air pollution, conserving energy and improving the quality of life for county employees and the community by providing a comprehensive set of services and incentives that support an employee's choice to use public transit, carpool, vanpool, walk or bike to work.

The San Mateo County Commute Alternatives Program (CAP) provides cash subsidies to county employees who commute to work by public transit, vanpool, carpool, bike or by walking. We also provide resources for our Emergency Ride Home program, carpool-only parking facilities, and bike lockers.

From real financial savings, to a healthier environment, our aim is to help reduce costly trips to the gas station and parking hassles that many of our employees endure. A less stressful commute leads to increased productivity. CAP can help get your workday off to a better start.

San Mateo County is proud to be one of the nation's "Best Workplaces for CommutersSM", an elite list that recognizes employers that are leaders in offering superior commuter benefits. We are pleased to have received this national designation from the U.S. EPA for doing our part in reducing traffic congestion, air pollution, and improving the quality of life for our employees.

Over the past 20 years, CAP has helped employees increase their use of high-occupancy commute modes, curbed millions of pounds of pollutants from being emitted into the air, and has reduced millions of vehicle miles of travel on Bay Area roads.

These long-time efforts have been recognized by:
  • The U.S. Office of Transportation and Air Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for meeting the "National Standard of Excellence for Employee Provided Commuter Benefits."
  • The Bay Area's "Best Workplaces for Commuters," recognized for its commitment to providing employees with outstanding commuter benefits, and making its workplace a leader in helping to reduce traffic and air pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • The San Mateo County Economic Development Association "Awards of Excellence Environmental Action Award."
  • Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth - Business Environmental Network "Business Environmental Awards."

Check out our most recent event, the North Fair Oaks Bicycle Rodeo, held on May 10 in Redwood City!
Courtesy Ana Avendano.
North Fair Oaks Bicycle Rodeo
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Fair Oaks Community Center
2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

This fun family event will be held for kids of all ages, and will feature obstacle courses, bike and helmet safety inspections and light repair, bike check-ups, and a cycling skills clinic. Free snacks and drinks will be provided, and all event registrants are eligible to participate in a raffle drawing!

Stay Informed with CommuterNews!
If you're looking for smarter ways to get to where you're going, you'll find it in CommuterNews. Our new, quarterly newsletter can help you stay informed regarding upcoming events, available resources, tips, facts, and ideas about commute alternatives.  download pdf >