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Save money, recapture time, and reduce stress. The military and iCommute offer a variety of commute choices to get you to and from base. Rather than driving alone, using an alternative commute can save you money and time, helps the environment, improves your health and wellness, and reduces congestion in and around base. 

Let Uncle Sam help pay your way
The Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) is a federally subsidized benefit that covers vanpools and all San Diego County transit systems – the bus, Trolley, COASTER, and SPRINTER. This benefit currently pays up to $255 per month; participants can commute for little or no out of pocket cost.

All active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel, DON civil servants, and Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) civilian employees are eligible. Members of Reserve Components serving on active duty for more than 30 days also are eligible. Participants can save more than $3,000 on their commute costs each year. It is free and easy to sign up; apply online with your Government CAC ID. Additional information is available on the Navy Region Southwest webpage.

Ride together, save together. Many military vanpool participants commute for little or no cost. A vanpool could help you save money on gas and reduce wear and tear on your personal vehicle. The SANDAG Vanpool Program even provides a subsidy of up to $400 per month to offset the lease price, in addition to the TIP benefit of up to $255 per month. Watch this video to learn more or sign up for our vanpool interest list



Free iCommute tools and resources

TripPlanner is a free and simple tool to find the best way to get where you need to go by viewing multiple transportation choices and potential ridematches in one place. You’ll never be stranded with the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which ensures that you’ll be able to get home in case of an emergency or unscheduled overtime. Sign up for iCommute to be eligible to use this benefit up to three times per year.

Other resources include a Park & Ride map, the Commute Calculator that shows how much money you can save, and TripTracker – through which you can log your alternative commute trips to be entered to win monthly prizes. iCommute also provides transit solutions and regional support for biking.

Naval Base Coronado complexes
Naval Base Coronado (NBC) and the SANDAG iCommute program have collaborated to help personnel at NBC complexes learn more about these programs. There are multiple reasons to try a new commute:
  • Carpool or vanpool and have access to the upfront, reserved parking spots at many buildings on base. Approximately 90 vanpools already come to the base – start your own vanpool or see if there is an open seat for you.
  • Let someone else do the driving. MTS Bus Route 901 stops at the Stockdale Gate and connects with the North Island shuttle bus, which makes stops at key work centers. MTS Bus Route 904 also serves the Ferry Landing and the Naval Amphibious Base. 
  • NBC employees ride the Coronado ferry for free.
  • Bike to work, around base, and about the community to burn a few extra calories. Take advantage of bike racks throughout the base or combine your bike commute with transit; bike racks are on the front of the bus.
For more information on iCommute programs call 511 and say “iCommute” or email iCommute@sandag.org.

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