Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is your resource for information about alternative transportation services in Placer County. Whether you’re a commuter interested in finding a carpool partner, a resident interested in figuring out local public transit services, or a family wanting to take the Capitol Corridor train to the Bay Area, we can help you find the information you need.
Through its Congestion Management Program (CMP), PCTPA promotes the use of alternative transportation modes including carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting, biking, taking public transit, riding the train, or walking.Several programs, incentives, and resources are made available through the CMP that aim to get people out of their single occupancy vehicles with the goal of improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion in Placer County.Below is a list of year round and seasonal programs and services as well as a list of resources that can get you on the path to finding an alternative transportation option that works for you.
Year Round Programs & Services
If you’re looking to find a carpool partner or a vanpool, the Commuter Club is a great place to start. Register and use the Commuter Club rideshare tool to find a carpool match with people who live and work in the same area as you. Want to see about available vanpools? Once you’re registered, you can view the current vanpool listings in your area or start a new vanpool. Registration is free, and takes about two minutes. Your personal address is not shared with other users.
If taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, biking or walking to work are options for you, yet you are concerned about being stranded should an emergency arise, PCTPA offers an Emergency Ride Home program if you work in Placer County. This program provides a voucher for rental car or taxi ride home to eligible employees who use an alternative mode of transportation on the day an emergency occurs. Eligible employees can download a voucher at sacregioncommuterclub.com.
With multiple public transit operators in Placer County, your resource for transit connections in South Placer County begins with South Placer Transit Information. This is where Placer County Transit, Roseville Transit, Auburn Transit, and Lincoln Transit provide links to their respective websites and show you how to connect between the different service providers. Need help figuring out how to plan your trip using transit in Placer County? Call 745-7560. More information about each public transit service provider can be found on PCTPA’s transit providers page.
If you or someone you know needs some one-on-one assistance with navigating the local fixed-route transit services (Auburn Transit, Lincoln Transit, Placer County Transit and Roseville Transit), a Transit Ambassador can help. And if you are interested in becoming a transit ambassador yourself, it is a great opportunity to give back to your community. Contact the program administrator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (916) 746-1289.
For seniors, individuals with disabilities, and those with children under six years of age who have unique circumstances which prevent them from using public transit, the Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (WPCTSA) provides transportation options that support health and quality of life services including:
- Health Express – provides non-emergency medical transportation service. See the Health Express Riders Guide
- My Rides – provides volunteer transportation services, rural mileage reimbursement, and transportation vouchers.
WPCTSA provides funding for the Transit Ambassador Program and South Placer Transportation Call Center, and Roseville Transit has been designated as the operator for these programs. The WPCTSA also operates the Retired Dial-a-Ride Vehicle Program (link?)
The following seasonal alternative transportation programs are available through the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency’s Congestion Management Program:
If you are employed in Placer County, you could be eligible for up to $200 toward a new commute bicycle of your choice.
The Spare the Air for Bucks program awards cash and prizes to individuals who use alternative transportation modes during the summer months when air quality is poor. Monthly prizes include either $100 cash, $25 gift certificates to Amazon.com or Target, or both during July and August. Additional prize drawing are held for those who use alternative transportation modes on designated Spare the Air days.
Kids in south Placer County can get all around town with the Summer Youth Bus Pass. The $10 pass is available to kids in elementary through high school, and is good for unlimited rides on Auburn Transit, Lincoln Transit, Placer County Transit, and Roseville Transit.
The Way to Go Program is a road sense project that fosters safer, healthier travel alternatives for elementary middle, and high school students. The goal of the Way to Go Program is to encourage and enable more students and their parents to walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation.