Carpooling is both the simplest and most challenging option for commuting. Carpooling is simple in that it replicates the advantages of a solo-drive commute: you use a car, you choose your route and schedule to get to work. But carpooling is also challenging because it requires that two or more people collaborate to share a commute.
Commute Calculator: Splitting the burden of driving is a great way to reduce commute expenses and wear and tear on your own vehicle – add a few figures to this online commute calculator to see how much you’re likely paying to drive to work.
Switchable HOV Transponder: If you plan to carpool on I-25, you can get a Switchable HOV Transponder to use the ExpressLane for free.
HOV-3 coming January 1, 2017: Until the end of 2016, a two-person carpool (aka, HOV-2) can use the ExpressLanes for free (with a Switchable HOV Transponder, see above). In 2017, vehicles using the ExpressLane for free as an HOV vehicle will require three-people (aka, HOV-3).
How to Find a Carpool Partner:
Haven’t carpooled before? Use our very-simple guide as a way to think through the process.
- Find a Carpool Partner Online: There is a one-stop-shop for regional commute information, and it is called My Way to Go. You can quickly see if you have a carpool match in the system, or what your transit and bike routes look like. You can also sign up with an account to post your own carpool request in the system.
- Post to a Social Site: If you are on social media, post that you are looking for a carpool partner. Depending upon how large your network is, you might be able to connect to a friend, or a friend of a friend. You can also use sites like Craig’s list and Next Door to look for a possible carpool partner (arrange to meet first to exchange actual information beyond the basic inquiry).
- Print out and post a flyer: Add your carpool details to a flyer and post it around at your office, in your building, and other places near where you live or work. Use our printable carpool flyer.
Today it’s often a challenge to juggle your child’s ride to and from school with your busy schedule. Working with participating schools, Schoolpool service makes this commute easier to manage by helping students and parents form school-related carpools. Contact us to learn how your school can participate.
Guaranteed Ride Home
Guaranteed Ride Home service provides peace of mind for a small fee employers pay. By offering a free taxi ride home to commuters who use transit, carpool, vanpool, walk or bike to work, this service makes it possible to leave work if an emergency arises on a day that you carpool or vanpool or use transit to get to work. Contact us for more information about this program.