Carpooling is one of the most flexible and convenient ways to share the ride. It’s flexible to suit your schedule, saves time and money and allows you to drive in the HOV lane.
FIND A RIDE OR RIDER
Use RideshareOnline.com to find a carpool already operating. Even if it isn’t a co-worker, someone working and living in the same area as you can make a great carpool fit! You can also use this Carpoolers Wanted sign in your workplace to find a rider.
SET A TIME AND PLACE
Whether you play it by ear each week or have a fixed schedule, your carpool can be flexible to suit your needs; you’re in charge. If it’s hard to coordinate pickup and drop off, or if you can’t find a rider in your area, consider meeting at a Park and Ride.
DON'T JUST SAVE, WIN!
You can save some cash by carpooling. Check out this calculator to see how much. Even better, if you log your trips in the Pierce Trips Calendar you can win great prizes. Check out the Campaigns page to see what you could win!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a carpool partner?
Contact your co-workers. Talk to neighbors. Use posters in your car window or work bulletin board. Or visit RideshareOnline.com and do your own internet matching. It’s a free and confidential service that will help you find people in your area who want to share the ride.
Should our carpool set rules?
Your carpool will operate smoothly if you establish a few rules in advance. For example, decide on policies about smoking, the radio, waiting times and driving rotation. Agree on vacation plans and notification about absences. A few minutes now will save time and headaches later.
Should I charge the other riders?
You and your carpool partners should discuss how to fairly distribute the costs of your commute. You can do this by taking turns as the carpool driver, or by having the driver charge each rider a fare that you all agree on. Remember that there are more expenses than just gasoline. Each rider should be expected to pay for a share of the gasoline, parking, oil, service, and wear and tear. For help refer to the AAA-Driving Costs Guide.
Do I need car insurance?
Yes, it's the law. You need insurance for your car and for your passengers. Check with your insurance agent to make sure that you have adequate coverage.
What if I need to get home in the case of an emergency?
If your employer partners with Pierce Transit and you use a smart commute option to get to work, you may be eligible for a free taxi ride home in case of an emergency. Visit Pierce Trips’ Emergency Ride Home page for more information or contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator.What if I need to get home in the case of an emergency?