Public transportation helps improve mobility and reduce traffic congestion on streets and highways by transporting many people at one time. It is also a cost-effective commuting option because it helps you avoid tolls, parking fees, gas expenses and vehicle wear and tear. Plus, you can catch up on work, read a book, watch a movie on a handheld device or rest while someone else drives.
Transit can be a convenient way to take the stress out of commuting. Improve your commute and quality of life by taking the train, subway, bus, or ferry. Or combine multiple modes with walking and biking!
511NY Rideshare members have access to:
Customized door-to-door itineraries.
The FREE Guaranteed Ride Program. We’ll give eligible candidates $300 a year in total ride credits to use on a taxi, Lyft, or Uber ride to leave work in an emergency when you regularly take transit (terms and limits apply).
Pre-tax benefits through your employer – we’ll talk to them on your behalf if they don’t already offer this.
"[When I drove] I felt way more tired even though my commute took less time. I had to focus on the road, I couldn’t work while I was commuting. Now, if I want to work or nap, I can take the bus or train. "
We are excited to offer a new service for our 511NY Rideshare members. Fill out this form to be matched with a transit buddy - someone taking a similar transportation route who can travel with you. You never know who you could meet on your commute, and we hope some of our members will be encouraged to try new modes of transportation with a little help from a buddy!
Microtransit refers to private multi-passenger transportation services that serve passengers using dynamically generated routes, with passengers typically meeting vehicles at common pick-up/drop-off points (USDOT).
New York State has several microtransit providers in operation, often filling the first/last-mile gap and allowing New Yorkers to connect to other transportation options.
CDTC FLEX in the Capital District offers on-demand microtransit with flexible routing and scheduling.
CircuitNR operates a free shuttle service in New Rochelle connecting downtown New Rochelle. Circuit also operates seasonal shuttles in Montauk, East Hampton, Southampton, and Williamsburg Brooklyn.
Via NYC provides on-demand transportation – taking multiple passengers heading in the same direction in a shared vehicle. They also provide airport and other shuttles throughout the five boroughs.
Uberpool allows riders to share their ride with others along their route.
Lyft allows riders to share rides with friends or other people along their route.
Myle allows riders to share rides with others along their route.
511NY Rideshare is a FREE service. If someone tries to charge you for any 511NY Rideshare services, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 866 NY COMMUTE (866-692-6668).
I agree to receive phone calls and/or e-mail messages from other 511NY Rideshare Matching System users.
I agree to receive periodic phone calls or e-mail messages from the 511NY Rideshare Matching System administrators requesting that I review and update my information, and I understand that such review will be required for continued participation in the service. I also understand that the 511NY Rideshare Matching System administrators may call or e-mail me to provide follow-up assistance in the transit trip planner provided, forming my carpool/vanpool or provide further assistance in finding a bicycling partner.
I agree to receive e-mail communications related to the 511NY Rideshare program pertaining to promotions, events, and other related topics. Members can unsubscribe at any time by selecting unsubscribe in e-mail communications, e-mailing email@example.com or calling 866-692-6668.
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.
In consideration of being permitted to participate in this program, I hereby release, indemnify, and hold harmless New York State Department of Transportation, the 511NY Rideshare Matching System administrators, and my employer from and against any and all claims, demands, judgments or liability for damage to persons or property of any kind or nature arising directly or indirectly out of my use of the 511NY Rideshare Matching System or participation in 511NY Rideshare.
I understand that the 511 NY Rideshare Matching System, to the extent permitted by law, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, reserves the right to refuse services to anyone. 511NY Rideshare reserves the right to investigate and take action, including the removal of a user's record, in response to allegation of misconduct or illegal activity.
511NY Rideshare's mission is to make it easier and more efficient for individuals and businesses to access timely information about transportation in New York State. NYSDOT recognizes that it is critical for individuals and businesses to be confident that their privacy is protected when they use 511NY Rideshare.
I understand that my personal information will remain confidential and will only be used to provide me with tools, information about products, services and special campaigns that encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone. I understand that 511NY Rideshare may share my personal information with other ridematch systems for the express purpose of maximizing the number of matches I will receive, and that information about me or my commute may be released to a third party for research purposes, and that 511NY Rideshare will not permit any organization with whom it shares my information to sell or re-distribute my information. The names of the organizations with access to my personal information are available upon request from 511NY Rideshare.