Why Join TAP?

Everyone Benefits

  • UCSB students received Unlimited SBMTD bus use between Goleta and Carpinteria as a part of their registration fees

Additional Inducements to Faculty and Staff

  • Discounts on bus passes, vanpool subscriptions, and carpool permits
  • Pre-tax payroll deduction available for vanpool and bus
  • Enrollment in the “Emergency Ride Home Program”
  • Carshare by Zipcar free of Membership Fees and Annual Fees for TAP members
  • Access to regional carpool services (more info here)
  • Note: TAP's Complimentary parking perks are limited to those who qualify and primarily work at the UCSB Main Campus, West Campus or North Campus and Storke Campus

Emergency Ride Home Program

Eligible members of the Transportation Alternatives Program qualify for the Emergency Ride Home Program if they hold a valid California driver’s license. In the event of unexpected personal or family illness, or unexpected supervisor-approved overtime, a UC vehicle may be made available for a maximum of six times per year for a round-trip between UCSB and home. NOTE: Emergency Ride Home vehicles must be returned to UCSB Transportation Services on the next business day or the responsible party will incur vehicle rental fees.

Benefits at a Glance

UCSB Status Complimentary Parking Unlimited
Bus Use
Ride Home
50% Discount
Up to 6 days per
quarter by way of a coupon number and a TAP Access Decal that upgrades permits to A or B parking status
Academic Staff
Staff 2
Graduate Student
Employed 45% +
3 4
Student 1 3 4  

1 Available to students who live more than two miles from campus and commute to campus by bike, bus, vanpool or carpool.
2 $52 Unlimited 30-Day MTD Bus Pass discounted to $31 per month through pretax payroll deduction for Career Staff or Faculty Members on the UCSB payroll at least 30% time and at least 4 months into the future.
3 Available to students who pay the specific quarter's registration fees.
4 Available to students who ride the Vanpool or long distance buses.