Learn about carpooling and how to get started
Carpooling is one of the most flexible and convenient ways to share a ride. Ridesharing through a carpool is flexible to suit your schedule, saves time and money, and allows you to drive in the carpool lanes meant for high-occupancy vehicles (HOV). It also reduces the number of cars on the road, reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions.
Keep reading for more information to get started with a carpool.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Find a ride or rider
- Set a time and place
- Save by carpooling
- Emergency ride home
FIND A RIDE OR RIDER
Use ride-matching services like RideShareOnline.com to find a carpool already operating or begin a new carpool.
Even if it isn’t a co-worker, someone working and living in the same area as you can make a great carpool fit! You can also use this Carpoolers Wanted sign in your workplace to find a rider.
SET A TIME AND PLACE
Whether you play it by ear each week or have a fixed schedule, your carpool can be flexible to suit your needs; you’re in charge. If it’s hard to coordinate travel times or pickup and drop off, consider meeting at a Park and Ride. There is ample parking available in the majority of lots, and they allow you to meet in a central location that is convenient for all riders. You can call the transit authority customer service ahead of time to confirm parking availability in the lot you choose.
SAVE BY CARPOOLING
One of the greatest benefits of carpooling is saving money by splitting fuel costs, tolls, parking costs, and other vehicle maintenance costs with other riders. By sharing the ride, your commute costs are cut by at least half! Check out this calculator to see how much you can save.
EMERGENCY RIDE HOME
If your employer partners with Ride Together Pierce and you use a smart commute option to get to work, you may be eligible for a free Uber, Lyft or taxi ride home in case of an emergency. Visit Ride Together Pierce’s Emergency Ride Home page for more information, or contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator.