Shift is San Mateo County’s Employee Commuter Benefits Program. Our goal is to help employees reduce commute stress, cut commute costs, engage in healthier habits, and minimize the County’s contribution to traffic congestion, local air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past 20 years, Shift has helped employees get out of cars, curb millions of pounds of pollutants from being emitted into the air, and reduced millions of vehicle miles of travel on Bay Area roads.
We value all feedback, including comments, questions, and suggestions.
Please reach us at Commute@smcgov.org, or (628) 258-3147
Our Main Programs
Shift operates two primary commute programs, Commute Cash and the Transit Subsidy. Employees are allowed to pick one of these two programs to engage in.
Employees who are able carpool, bike, or walk to work, can earn $2 per day (about $500 per year!) for each day that they log a trip in one of those modes. This money is added directly to employee paychecks. Commute to work, log your trips at least once a month, and earn cash rewards!
Instructions for receiving Commute Cash:
Shift offers County employees up to $150 per month to cover the costs of vanpooling, paratransit, bike and scooter share, or taking the bus, train, or other mass transit to work! This money can only be spent on transit products.
Instructions for receiving the Transit Subsidy:
Our Other Programs
Employees can utilize as many of these programs as they’d like
- A pre-tax allowance for parking at transit stations and for travel expenses over the $150 subsidy limit
- An Emergency Ride Home program
- Some tips to help you start working a flex schedule
- Bike lockers
- Free clipper cards: email us at email@example.com