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PAU CommuteSmart Program

PAU CommunteSmart Program (suspended during the COVID-19 Pandemic rec 2021). See updates HERE about Campus Closures & Guidelines

Learn More by Login into your PAU Portal under business affairs section. 

The PAU CommuteSmart Program is where you can help save the planet, meet new friends and earn rewards for just using alternative transportation other than your car. Accepted modes of transportation include walking, biking, ridesharing, or taking public transportation such as a train or bus. The program runs from September - May.

Here are five reasons why you should join:
  • Fight carbon pollution
  • Meet new friends when you rideshare or take public transportation
  • Burn calories not fuel
  • Save money by using less gas
  • Earn rewards for taking alternative transportation - $5 per day, up to $100 per month
Here’s how it works:
  1. Complete an online application.
  2. Track your commute details in the monthly commute log provided by the CommuteSmart administrator.  (Please remember to save your receipts for public transportation and rideshare)
  3.  Submit your monthly commute log by the 2nd Friday of the following month.
  4. Once approved by the Business Office, a check will be mailed to the address supplied by you in your application.  Checks will be mailed on the 4th Friday of the month.

Please Note: At the end of each month, the CommuteSmart administrator will send an email reminding you to submit your monthly commute log, and will also provide you with a commute log for the next month.

Who is eligible?
You must be a student, staff member or faculty member of the Palo Alto University community.
Got a question?
Please contact the PAU CommuteSmart coordinator Lori Thomas at