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PAU CommuteSmart Program

PAU CommuteSmart is an incentive program where you can earn $5/day up to $100/month by carpooling or using alternative transportation from your home to campus. The program is available to current students, faculty and staff and runs October 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023. Accepted modes of transportation include walking, biking, ridesharing, or taking public transportation such as a train, light rail, or bus.  

Please Note: this is a financial incentive program only; commuters are responsible to find their own commute buddies.

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(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.
Please contact the PAU CommuteSmart coordinator Lori Thomas at