Alternative Transportation Options

In Spring 2019, Saint Mary's passed the Transportation Demand Management Plan, which aimed to address parking demand issues, decrease the number of single occupancy vehicles coming to campus and reduce our carbon footprint. Our Parking and Transportation Programs page offers several alternative tranportation options, please find them below. 


Find a SMC friend, or two, or three, who is interested in carpooling to SMC with you. Each of you must purchase a Carpool Permit (this allows flexibility in carpool groups). 

Carpool permits:
$89/year for employees
$60/year for students

NOTE: If you are securing a carpool permit, your carpool partner must also have a carpool permit. Both permits will need to be displayed on the vehicle dashboard (permit numbers up) when parked on SMC property.

The 511 San Francisco/Bay Area Carpool & Vanpool program and other commuting options:

511 SF/Bay Area Carpool & Vanpool is another way to find rides to SMC. Carpool & Vanpool matches can be made by applying online. Visit the 511 Contra Costa site here for details.



Ride BART to school/work and take the CCCTA Bus Line 6 for FREE from Lafayette or Orinda to SMC simply by showing your SMC ID Card. Schedule information here.


Ride Contra Costa County Transit Authority Bus Line 6 or the Gael Rail Shuttle (Th night – Sun night) for FREE simply by showing your SMC ID Card.


Bike to school/work. Get the details on safe routes and incentives here. Find a map of on-campus bike racks here

LYFT Ride Share Program 

The partnership for shared ride subsidies with Lyft ride-hailing service will begin with the start of the academic year in late August.   You can use your existing Lyft account  by adding your Saint Mary's email address to it.

Shared rides that start or end at Saint Mary’s College and are to/from designated pick-up/drop off points will be subsidized for the first $15 of the ride.  The designated pick-up/drop off points will include the Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek Bart stations, points in the Ascot/Donald Dr. residential area, Moraga Safeway, and within walking distance of the Walnut Creek Target.

The user will be responsible for costs exceeding $15.

Each account will be limited to 50 rides per month.

Students and Employees will receive an introductory email from Saint Mary's and Lyft to enroll in the program.  We are working with Lyft to have the program begin close to September 3 and the program will not include days when the College is closed (e.g. Winter Break). Check your email from Saint Mary’s and Lyft for a full start date.

We will be monitoring data from Lyft to evaluate use patterns and opportunities for refinement.