The Carpool Rewards Program  rewards commuters who use Scoop and Waze Carpool  to carpool to and from work. The program aims to increase local ridesharing during peak travel periods, therefore reducing single occupancy vehicles, traffic congestion, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the need for parking within San Mateo County. By carpooling, commuters can save time, money, and the environment.

How does the Carpool Rewards Program work?  When their carpool trips are logged by connecting a Scoop or Waze Carpool account to a account  for auto-tracking, commuters can earn rewards. After clicking "join program" under "rewards" on, commuters can unlock a $25 e-gift card reward after every 10 days they carpool (up to four times for a total of $100) by logging in to their account and clicking "claim." Tango Card, our e-gift card provider, offers over  75 retail and nonprofit options for carpoolers to redeem their e-gift cards. NOTE: Carpoolers who participated in our previous carpool reward programs will be eligible for this program beginning 1/1/2021.

Carpool Definition Carpool commutes consist of two or more individuals driving together in a privately owned vehicle to  school or the workplace; the driver does not get paid above the standard mileage reimbursement rate for providing the ride; and the trip must start or end  in San Mateo County.

Program Rules    All rewards are subject to verification  and there is a limit of four rewards ($100 total) per person. Carpool commutes must start and/or end in San Mateo County to qualify for the program. Only carpool trips taken with Scoop or Waze and shared with via the connected app option will count toward  the reward.

Carpooling and COVID-19     Below are suggestions  from the Association of Commuter Transportation on how to carpool safely   as you return to the workplace. Click here to view our full toolkit for carpooling during COVID-19.

  Protect yourself and others: wear face coverings while in the vehicle
  Limit carpool size: limit carpools to no more than one person per row of seats to create as much physical distance as possible in the car
  Reduce exposure: efforts should be made to ride with the same people each day and  avoid "drop in" riders
  Limit physical contact: carpoolers should not have any physical contact with one another and should maintain appropriate physical distancing when entering and exiting the vehicle; require passengers to sit diagonally from each other

For additional tips, refer to the CDC 's transportation guidelines.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact  

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Carpool Rewards Program handout

Carpool Rewards Program handout (Spanish)

Carpool Rewards Program FAQs

Carpool Rewards Program  how-to video 

How to Connect Your Carpool App Account to STAR  (video)


The program is supported by C/CAG local congestion relief fund and funds allocated to C/CAG by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) as part of the San Mateo County Program Manager Fund. Rewards will be available until funds are depleted or 12/31/2021.

The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) is the designated Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Mateo County responsible for the coordinating, planning, and programming of transportation, land-use, and environmental-related programs and projects. C/CAG provides a cooperative, cost-effective means of responding to countywide planning, transportation and other mandates from the State of California and the Federal Government. The C/CAG Board of Directors consists of representatives elected members of the Council/Board) from each of the 20 cities and the county. For more information please visit