Carpooling is as easy as it sounds — share 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 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. To start finding carpool matches, create an account or log in to your profile on Finger Lakes Rideshare or one of the other regional carpool matching sites below. Once you're logged in, navigate to "Find a Carpool", and start matching!
And if you ever have questions or need assistance, call 511 and say, "Rideshare" to connect with 511NY Rideshare Customer Service staff (6am to 7pm M-F).
Carpooling with 511NY Rideshare
You control who you carpool with: You can select preferences to filter results and you can even decide to only carpool with individuals from your organization.
Our ridematching platform allows you to find commuters close to your home or work address, or those along your route. Use our “Find a Carpool Partner” tool to see your ridematch options.
Commuters can save between $400-$1,800 annually by switching to carpooling (NRDC). Plus, you may qualify for a reduction in premiums on your car insurance as a carpooler.
An improved commute means more time for family and leisure activities. Studies have shown that every extra minute of commute time increases anxiety and decreases overall life satisfaction (Office for National Statistics).
The average rush-hour commuter in New York spends an extra 74 hours in traffic each year, among the longest congestion delays in the country (2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard). Carpooling allows you to shave time off by using the HOV lane and riders can also use that time to nap, work or chat instead of stressing behind the wheel.
Carpooling just twice a week can keep 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air every year (Global Incorporated).
What Members Say about Carpooling
It is a much better experience than going by myself.
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