Commuter information for San Diego Military

getting to work doesn't have to be hard work! 

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 $260 per month; participants can commute for little or no out of pocket cost.

All active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel, Department of the Navy (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.

Join a vanpool. 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 $260 per month. Watch this video to learn more or sign up for our vanpool interest list

Free iCommute tools and resources. Plan your trip to find the best way to get where you need to go by viewing multiple transportation choices 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. Enroll today to be eligible to use this benefit up to three times per year.

Other resources include a Park & Ride map, and the Commute Calculator that shows how much money you can save. iCommute also provides transit solutions and regional support for biking.

For more information on iCommute programs call 511 and say “iCommute” or email iCommute@sandag.org.

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