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Learn How It Works

Qualified volunteer drivers of our safe and reliable vans are ready to offer you a comfortable and convenient ride to work or school. Explore the possibility of ridesharing in a CalVans vehicle by following the simple steps outlined below.

Step 1:

Begin by visiting the Search Routes page, which provides access to a database containing all the currently available CalVans routes.

Enter your desired start point and end point in the fields provided and then click "Apply."

The search will display all available routes that match your criteria.

Step 2:

Select the route that best meets your needs by clicking the “Request” button.

If no match is found, skip to Step 5.

Step 3:

Review the information displayed on the Request a Ride Form. Use the Comment field to enter specific information for the driver, such as your preferred method of contact.

Step 4:

Expect to hear from the driver to confirm ridership and learn the cost of your trip. If you do not hear from the driver within a reasonable timeframe, please contact the CalVans office at (866) 655-5444.

Step 5:

If no match is found visit the Search Suggested Routes page, which provides access to a database containing routes that have not yet been established, but have been suggested as potential future routes.

Enter your desired start point and end point in the fields provided and then click "Apply."

The search will display all suggested routes. (Remember, these routes are not currently available and simply represent an interest in establishing them when possible.)

Step 6:

Select the suggested route that best meets your needs by clicking the “Suggest” button.

If no match is found, skip to Step 8.

Step 7:

Review the information displayed on the Suggest a Route Form. This form indicates your interest in being notified if this route becomes available. Use the Comment field to enter specific information for the CalVans office, such as whether you would consider becoming a driver of your suggested route.

If enough Users suggest a similar route, CalVans will attempt to establish a new route to meet your needs and will notify you if the route becomes available. You are welcome to contact the CalVans office at (866) 655-5444 to learn the status of your suggested route, such as how many riders have demonstrated an interest. (A vanpool must have at least 5 riders including the driver before a new route can be established.)

Step 8:

If no match is found visit the Suggest a Route page. You will have an opportunity to enter the route you would like to establish. Your suggestion will immediately appear in the Search Suggested Routes database so that other potential riders will have an opportunity to indicate their interest. If enough Users suggest your route, CalVans will attempt to establish it and will notify you if the route becomes available. You are welcome to contact the CalVans office at (866) 655-5444 to learn the status of your suggested route, such as how many riders have demonstrated an interest. (A vanpool must have at least 5 riders including the driver before a new route can be established.) Suggesting a new route does not obligate you to become the driver of that route, but CalVans may contact you to see if you would be interested in driving.


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