» Rideshare Incentives

Chapman University faculty members, staff members, and commuter students are encouraged to participate in a variety of rideshare incentives.  Choose from our Panther Plus Carpool Program or generous public transportation programs coordinated with OCTA and Metrolink. For additional information about these services, please contact us at hroffice@chapman.edu or by phone at (714) 997-6686.  

+ - Panther Plus Carpooling Program

The Panther Plus Carpool Program is offered to a limited number of participants on a first-come, first-served basis. To qualify, each carpool requires a minimum of two Chapman University staff members, administrators, faculty members, or commuter students who are committed to carpooling at least three days per week for one full academic year. At least one participant in each carpool group must be full time.  Each participant is required to purchase a parking permit at the part-time employee rate of $185.00. If a participant wishes to waive the cost of their permit, they may do so; however, the carpool group will then split the cost among themselves.  A minimum of two permits must be purchased.

  • Your carpool group will be issued one Carpool Hang-tag for display in the vehicle and one transponder to access Lastinger/Barrera structure for use on the days you carpool.
  • Your carpool group will park in Carpool Preferred Reserved Spaces in Lastinger, Barrera, West Palm and Dodge, if available. If all of the Carpool Preferred Reserved Spaces are occupied, your carpool may park in any non-reserved space in the lots listed above.
  • On non-carpool days, each participant will be required to park in any non-reserved space in the West Campus Parking Structure.
  • Each participant will be required to complete a Payroll Deduction Form for their pass or pay in full at the Cashier's Office.

To apply, simply complete the Carpool Registration Form and turn it in to the Office of Human Resources, located in DeMille Hall, Room 103.

Please carefully review the Rules and Regulations

Any misuse of the carpool hang-tag or transponder will result in the loss of carpool privileges indefinitely. 

+ - Chapman U-Pass Plan for OCTA Bus Riders

You are eligible to participate in the OCTA U-Pass program if you are a Chapman commuter student or a Chapman staff/faculty member.*  Chapman University will provide a subsidy covering the first $30 of your monthly bus fares. To apply, please complete the appropriate form below, which will identify your selected method of payment. An initial deposit of $30 is required for students, and an initial deposit of $45 is required for staff/faculty, who have the option of pre-tax payroll deductions as well.

Once your request form and payment are complete, send your completed form and receipt (if applicable) to hroffice@chapman.edu. You will then be issued a U-Pass card, which you will use each time you board the bus.

Students

Chapman University will provide a subsidy covering the first $30 of your monthly fares. The most you will be required to pay per month is $15, as the maximum in monthly charges for students is $45. You are required to make an initial deposit of $30 and maintain a minimum balance of $30 in your account each month as a cushion for your share of the fares. As we receive your ride details from OCTA, we will send you an update on your account balance. If your balance falls short of $30, we will notify you so you can make a deposit to bring your balance back up to $30. Your U-Pass card will be deactivated if your balance reaches $0.00; however, you may obtain a new U-Pass card by paying the minimum of $30. Here is the Student U-Pass Request Form.

There are two ways for students to pay their deposit and monthly fees (as applicable):

1. Online via the E-Commerce portal

2. In person at the cashier’s office in the Bhathal Student Services Center


Faculty/Staff

Chapman University will provide a subsidy covering the first $30 of your monthly fares. The most you will be required to pay per month is $39, as the maximum in monthly fares for staff/faculty is $69. You are required to make an initial deposit of $45 and maintain a minimum balance of $45 in your account each month as a cushion for your share of the fares. You may elect to pay in cash or have your payments deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.  As we receive your ride details from OCTA, an email will be sent to you indicating the amount of your next pre-tax payroll deduction (or the amount you must deposit), which will bring your account balance back up to $45. Your U-Pass card will be deactivated if your balance reaches $0.00; however, you may obtain a new U-Pass card by paying the minimum of $45. Here is the Staff / Faculty U-Pass Request Form.

Please visit OCTA for detailed information about routes and schedules.

*Currently, we are not restricted as to the number of participants in this program, but limits may be introduced at a later date.

+ - Metrolink Corporate Quick Card Program

The Metrolink Corporate Quick Card ("CQC") Program provides Chapman University staff members, faculty members, and commuter students with the option to purchase a discounted monthly Metrolink pass.* The cost of a monthly pass will vary based on the distance traveled to the Orange (Main) Campus or the Irvine (Rinker) Campus station. Chapman will provide a subsidy of $100 toward your full monthly ticket fare.  To sign up for the CQC program, please complete the Metrolink Pass Request Form and turn it in to the Office of Human Resources, located in DeMille Hall, Suite 103. (You may scan and email the completed form to hroffice@chapman.edu.)

Staff and faculty members may opt to pay their monthly discounted fares via pre-tax payroll deduction.

There are two ways for students to pay for their monthly discounted fares:

1. Online via the E-Commerce portal

2. In person at the cashier’s office in the Bhathal Student Services Center

Please visit Metrolink for detailed information about routes, stations, and schedules.

*Currently, we are not restricted as to the number of participants in this program, but limits may be introduced at a later date.

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