Casual Carpool


Casual carpooling is a grassroots travel option, driven by supply and demand, to commute from the East Bay to downtown San Francisco.

On weekday mornings, people line up as either drivers or passengers at locations in the East Bay. These locations were established through word-of-mouth and experience over decades. Casual carpooling allows cars with three or more people going westbound on the Bay Bridge in the morning to take advantage of the high occupancy vehicle lanes, save time at the toll plaza and get the double bonus of a reduced bridge toll.

Before the COVID pandemic began, more than 20 casual carpool pick-up locations shown on the 511 Interactive Map were well used by commuters. Many of the locations are adjacent to AC Transit stops,  BART stations, or Bay Wheels stations so that riders have a back-up option if drivers do not arrive to pick up passengers. 

To read more about casual carpool's status visit Berkeleyside.  You can also participate in a casual carpool survey available through The Bay Link.

The information provided on this site is subject to the 511 Terms of Use.

View Casual Carpool Location on the Interactive Map

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  • Hercules Transit Center

    In the lot on Willow Avenue near the eastbound Interstate 80 off-ramp. Note: parking is by pay permit only. Daily permits are $3, which includes a round-trip to El Cerrito Del Norte. Permits have to be bought in advance in time for you to receive them via U.S. mail


    1473 Willow Ave
    Rodeo, CA 94572

  • Lafayette BART

    North of the station, just outside and to the right of the parking lot


    3623 Deer Hill Road
    Lafayette, CA 94549

  • Moraga

    North side of Moraga Way, east of School Street, by the bus stop shelter


    1393 Moraga Way
    Moraga, CA 94556

  • Grand Ave & Perkins St

    On Perkins St., outside the Chevron station
    Oakland - Adams Point


    348 Grand Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94610

  • Park Blvd & Hollywood Ave

    Adjacent to TransBay bus stops on Park between Trestle Glen and Hollywood
    Oakland - Glenview


    4800 Park Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94602

  • Park Blvd at Hampel St

    Near TransBay bus stop on Park and Hampel
    Oakland - Glenview


    4040 Park Boulevard
    Oakland, CA 94602

  • Grand Ave & Lakeshore Ave

    Under I-580 in parking lot, on the left as you enter. Map.
    Oakland - Lakeshore


    MacArthur Fwy
    Oakland, CA 94610

  • MacArthur Blvd & High St

    On the west side of MacArthur north of High St. in front of 4247 MacArthur
    Oakland - Laurel


    4247 MacArthur Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94619

  • Fruitvale Ave & Montana St

    Just north of Park and Ride lot on Montana by Flagg
    Oakland - Lower Dimond


    2426 Montana St
    Oakland, CA 94602

  • Oakland Ave & Monte Vista Ave

    At the intersection of Oakland and Monte Vista
    Oakland - Piedmont


    753 Oakland Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94611

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