Are you tired of driving alone to work? Want to save money, time or both? Are you thinking about carpooling but not sure where to start? First of all, a carpool is two or more people sharing the ride in a car, typically taking turns driving or sharing the expenses related to gas, toll and parking fees. Most carpools are formed at the worksite; it’s usually just a matter of finding a carpool partner, setting some rules and hitting the road. Carpoolers save an average of 15 minutes each way by using carpool lanes.
The Carpool Classifieds is a list of County employees that are looking for fellow employees that want to carpool. Employees let us know a few things about their commute and we advertise it in the Carpool Classifieds list on this web site. If you would like to be listed in the Carpool Classifieds, please complete and return an All-In-One form.
The Guaranteed Ride Home Program is a promise that rideshare participants will not be stranded at work should an emergency arise on a day that they carpool, vanpool, walk, bike, or ride the bus or train to work. A special authorization form is used to secure a taxi ride or rental a car.
When you’re ready to start a new carpool, arrange to meet with potential carpool partner to discuss details and to determine whether you are suited to carpool together. The more you discuss in advance, the fewer problems you’ll encounter once you’re carpooling.
Set up a one month “probation period” that allows you to easily bow out of the arrangement and find another carpool partner if things don’t work out for you.
Determine who will drive and when. Even if you don’t have a car, that’s OK, maybe you can pitch in for a portion of the gas, tolls, and parking fees each month.
How often will you carpool? Every day? Once a week? You don’t have to carpool every day – you can set up a schedule that works best for you.
Where will you meet? You can meet at the local Park & Ride lot, childcare center or at one person’s home.
What should you do on the days that you can’t carpool – especially if it’s your turn to drive?
How long will you wait if your carpool partner is running late?
What stops are you willing to make on the way to work or home, if any?
Duties of the designated driver, such as filling up the gas tank before picking up the riders.