The UCSB Vanpool Program provides an inexpensive alternative transportation option for UCSB long-distance employee and student commuters.



UCSB/UCOP employees and current students are eligible, subject to transportation availability.


vanpool map

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The UCSB Vanpool Program currently serves commuters from Santa Maria, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Lompoc and Ventura. Pick-up and departure locations are determined by the participants of each individual van. Changes to the regular pick-up and departure locations or schedule get communicated by the van participants to the Vanpool Coordinator so the brochure may later be updated.

View a list of vanpool route stops on an area map.



Schedules are determined by the participants of each individual van. Departure/arrival times are subject to traffic and roadway conditions and are not guaranteed.

View the printable UCSB vanpool brochure and schedule.

Vanpool Sponsorship

Learn about a valuable opportunity to advertise your product or service while showing support for UCSB’s Vanpool Program.

Subscription Information

UCSB vanpool riders subscribe to a scheduled seat. Riders may choose between a full-time (M–F) schedule, or a part-time Monday/Wednesday/Friday (MWF) or Tuesday/Thursday (TR) schedule. Part-time fares are pro-rated as shown below. 

Those who begin their subscription between the 1st and 15th of the month pay the full month's-fare. 

Those who begin their subscription between the 16th and the end of the month pay half a month's-fare.



Buellton $134
Solvang $134
Ventura $134
Lompoc $144
Santa Maria $180


Mon/Wed/Fri (= 60%)
Buellton $80
Solvang $80
Ventura $80
Lompoc $86
Santa Maria $108


Tues/Thurs (= 40%)
Buellton $54
Solvang $54
Ventura $54
Lompoc $58
Santa Maria $72


* The Base Fare changes if the van is undersubscribed or if the vehicle being operated is smaller than an 11-passenger vehicle.


Cost-Saving Payment Options

UCSB faculty and staff on UCSB payroll at least 45% and at least 4 months into the future may elect to enroll in a pre-tax payroll deduction* program. Discounted fares are available for active vanpool drivers.

*Under IRS Section 132a qualified transportation expenses include payments for the use of mass transportation and vanpool. The maximum pre-tax payroll deduction is $280 per calendar month for the 2022 tax year.

Waiting Lists

Waiting lists are compiled on a first-come, first-served basis. TAP will let you know when a seat becomes available.

Standby Rider Vouchers

Vanpool standby vouchers provide transportation on a space-available basis. The vouchers are sold individually for each one-way trip, and priced according to final destination.

  • Santa Ynez Valley, Buellton, Ventura: $5
  • Lompoc: $6
  • Santa Maria: $7

A standby rider voucher may be purchased with cash, credit/debit card or check payable to “UC Regents”. To make your purchase, visit the Parking Services office. The Permit Sales Counter is open Monday–Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm, excluding University administrative holidays.

Program Guidelines


To request more information or join the Vanpool program, please send an email to the Vanpool Coordinator, or call (805) 893-5475.