About TS

aboutThe San Jose State University Transportation Solutions (TS) is a transportation demand management (TDM) program.

Since its' establishment in 2000, TS has been dedicated to serving the commute needs of the students and employees of SJSU. Its region-wide operation emphasizes alternatives to driving alone. These alternatives are primarily made of carpools and vanpools, public and private transit including buses and shuttles, local and regional rail, and non-motorized travel, including bicycling and walking.

Every November, TS conducts an annual commute survey that evaluates both student and staff commute partners. Data collected from this survey is used to assist TS on how to better serve the campus community. 

Our Mission

Transportation Solutions' mission is to alleviate automobile traffic to SJSU and reduce its impact on the University’s parking facilities.

The core strategies for accomplishing the TS mission are:

Program development and implementation

Communication, marketing, and outreach

Corridor - mobility mapping and analysis

Program evaluation and measurement

Linking TDM to broader initiatives and service improvements

Grant development & Funding

What We Offer

VTA SmartPass (Formerly Eco Pass) program

Since 1994, the Associated Students has been in contract with VTA to provide a deeply discounted transit program for the entire student and employee populations. Students can obtain a SmartPass Clipper Card to gain free fare for local VTA lightrails and buses. The card also provides 50% discount on express buses.

Discounts on regional transit

TS offers discounts on the following regional transit lines: 50% off ACE passes and discounts on Highway 17 Express!

Carpool matching

TS fully utilizes 511.org, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Regional Rideshare program. Through the rideshare service, student commuters are paired with other drivers in there area.

Trip Planning

TS offers customized trips plans for all SJSU students and staff in need of public transit services to and from the university. Detailed directions and instructions are provided both in-person and online.

Bicycle Enclosures facilities

TS operates six bike Enclosures located throughout campus. The usage of the Bike Enclosures is free. There is a $10 deposit for the access key which is refunded to the user after returning it to General Services center. 

Commuter Benefit Program

In partnership with UPD Parking Services, TS administers the Commuter Benefit Program at SJSU. Employees use pre-tax dollars from their payroll to purchase transit passes. TS provides customer service, consulting, registration and sale of transit passes for this program. Currently about 50 employees are actively enrolled in this program.

Marketing and Outreach activities

TS launches massive campaigns to promote alternative transportation before the start of every semester. This includes creation and distribution of marketing material, advertisements and email campaigns. Nearly every SJSU student receives alternative commute materials during the year at outreach events such as orientations, fairs, special events and workshops.

Our Partners

University Police Department Parking Services 

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority 

Bay Area Air Quality Management District 

511.org  

SJSU academic departments 

Student Affairs Systems 

Parking, Traffic and Transit Advisory Committee

Funding

Transportation Solutions operates under the auxiliary organization Associated Students (AS).

TS receives funding from the following sources:

Part of the campus miscellaneous fees for Associated Students

Annual grant ($95K) from UPD Parking Services’ Alternative Transportation Funds

$140K Grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA). To date, TS has received $1.97 million in grant funds.

Awards and Recognition

  • Bicycle Friendly University presented by the League of Bicycle Friendly America, September 2015
  • The Clean Air Award presented by Breathe California, April 2009
  • University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges Sustainable Transportation Award, June 2006
  • The Bay Area’s Best Workplaces for Commuters Award, November 2002, June 2003, October 2005, June 2006, and January 2018
  • Environmental Protection Agency Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative Award, February 2003