511NY Rideshare members in Erie and Niagara Counties who regularly commute by carpool, vanpool, public transit, walking, or biking are eligible for the free Guaranteed Ride Home Program (GRHP). When you need to leave work unexpectedly, and can’t use your regular mode of commute, we’ll get you to your destination by Lyft, Uber, taxi or public transit—up to $200 in total ride credits a year.*
Members are eligible for two rides each month, for a maximum of 24 rides per year. Each ride may be up to $50, and members can use up to $200 per year toward qualified rides.
Members may use the GRP in the event of an emergency or an unexpected situation. The following are examples of valid reasons to utilize the program:
Unexpected personal or family emergency
Missed last scheduled public transit run
Missed last scheduled public transit run
Driver of a carpool or vanpool had to leave work early for a family or personal emergency
Transportation failure (e.g. bike flat tire)
Weather emergencies (i.e. situations in which the weather would make your sustainable transportation option unsafe to use, such as biking in a snow storm
The GRP may NOT be used for:
Previously scheduled medical appointments
Personal errands or travel
Building closings or evacuations
To access the Guaranteed Ride Program, please register for an account with 511NYRideshare here.
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I understand that the 511NY Rideshare Matching System only provides information that will enable me to form or join a carpool, vanpool, use transit or find a bicycling partner.
I understand that the 511NY Rideshare Matching System provides referral services; it does not certify the character of ridesharing or bicycling participants. I understand that participants use the 511NY Rideshare Matching System at their own risk and that it is my responsibility to screen referrals to my personal satisfaction.
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