Carpooling is as easy as it sounds – it's sharing a ride with other travelers or commuters who have similar start and end locations. You can participate in carpools as a driver only, passenger only or in alternating roles. Not only does carpooling save you money, but during a transportation or weather related emergency it may be the only way to get to work.
With our Ridematch system, joining a carpool is quick and easy. Simply click here to register and get started. When signing up for a carpool, you may qualify for the 511NY Rideshare Guaranteed Ride Program.
For personalized service, questions or assistance, call 511 and say, "Rideshare." Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say "Rideshare."
Rules. Set ground rules for your carpool group from the get-go to avoid any problems in the future. Agree up-front on personal preferences, such as choice of radio stations, smoking, eating in the car and side trips. Fuel. Before picking up passengers, fuel up with enough gas for the roundtrip journey.
Time. Be on time to meet in the morning and after work. This applies to both drivers and riders. Give each other a 5-minute window for unexpected delays.
Changes. Notify fellow carpoolers a day or more in advance if you will not be riding in the pool. Notify others right away if you are taking a sick day or have a personal emergency.
Errands. Avoid personal errands or detours, until after you have dropped off your passengers.
Weather. Allow extra time in inclement weather.
Caution. Drive carefully. Always make sure passengers feel that they are in good hands.
Maintenance. Maintain your vehicle both mechanically and aesthetically. Keep it clean and comfortable for passengers.
Insurance. Check your insurance for rider coverage and possible reduction in premiums.Guaranteed Ride Program. Sign up for our Guaranteed Ride Program. If you can't leave with your carpool for any reason, you'll always have a way to get to your destination - for free! Take a taxi or transit and we'll reimburse you (limitations apply). To learn how to enroll, call 511 and say "Rideshare." Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say "Rideshare."
Q. What is ridesharing, and why should I do it?
A. Sharing a ride with other commuters or travelers - in a carpool, vanpool, bus or train - is known as ridesharing. The benefits of ridesharing include reduced travel costs, less wear and tear on your vehicle, a less stressful trip and helping your community by reducing both traffic congestion and air pollution.
Q. What is carpooling?
A. A carpool is two or more travelers or commuters sharing a ride. It is simple to set up and flexible. You do not have to carpool every day but as often as your schedule allows. To join a carpool, register for ridematching.
Q. How does carpooling work?
A. Carpools are determined by start and end locations of the driver and riders, and are based on sharing travel expenses. Carpoolers may either use one driver and share expenses or rotate driving duties and eliminate the need for money to change hands. To join a carpool, register for ridematching.
Q. How much time will I save if I drive in the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes?
A. The average estimate is that you can shave up to 20 minutes off of your trip - each way - if you drive in the HOV lanes.
Q. If I were to join a carpool, would I be committing to the carpool 5 days a week?
A. Absolutely not. You decide how many days during the week you want to drive with your carpool partner(s). As long as it works for you and your carpool partner(s), that's all that matters.
Q. What if I need my car for personal appointments or errands?
A. Plan these activities on specific days and rideshare the rest of the time.
Q. What if my schedule is irregular?
A. Those with irregular schedules are better candidates for carpooling than vanpooling. Even if there is just one day a week where you travel during more regular hours, you could arrange a carpool for that particular day. More people are working flexible hours, so you might be able to match up with someone in a situation similar to your own.
Q. What if I need my car during the day?
A. Be the designated driver of your carpool and drive every day. Share the expenses with your rider(s).
Q. What if I need to take my child to daycare?
A. Try making the daycare center the meeting place for your carpool. Or meet at a centralized location, such as a Park & Ride lot.
Q. What happens if the driver of my carpool has to work overtime and cannot drive me to my destination? What if my child gets sick at school, and I have to leave work unexpectedly? How will I get to her/him?
A. Our FREE Guaranteed Ride Program is your "insurance policy" for ridesharing situations like these. If you are a registered participant in the program, 511NY Rideshare will pay for your ride to your destination if your carpool driver is unable to fulfill his or her responsibility for the carpool (limitations apply). Likewise, 511NY Rideshare will pay for your ride to your child in the case of an emergency. To learn more about the Guaranteed Ride Program and to enroll, call 511 and say "Rideshare." Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say "Rideshare."
Q. How much does it cost to be part of a carpool?
A. The participants in the carpool determine the costs and details of the carpool. Some carpools rotate driving responsibility and bypass the exchange of money entirely. Others have one driver and one or more passengers who split the costs equally. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the 2012 standard mileage rate for business miles is 55.5 cents per mile, which you can divide among the passengers. Either way, you will be spending less money than if you were to drive alone.
A. To find a carpool, register for ridematching or call 511 and say "Rideshare." Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say "Rideshare."