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Contact your co-workers. Talk to neighbors. Post a flyer at your cubicle or work bulletin board. Or complete a ridematch request application on RideshareOnline.com. It’s a free and confidential service that will help you find people in your area who want to share the ride.
Everyone's comfort level is different. Try meeting at a local coffee shop with potential carpoolers to get acquainted prior to riding together.
Your carpool will operate smoothly if you establish a few rules in advance. For example, decide on policies about smoking, the radio, wait times and driving rotation. Agree on vacation plans and notification about absences. A few minutes now will save time and headaches later.
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 following guide from AAA.
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. Carpool riders may want to see if they qualify for a discount because they are not driving to work each day.
Some people only want to ride and are willing to reimburse part of the costs, while others prefer to share the driving. If driving is shared, no money needs to exchange hands.
It is up to the "poolers" to decide what their pickup points will be. Remember, they should be convenient to all pooling members.
Carpoolers should pick a leave time and stick to it. If problems continue, then partners should discuss ways to reach a resolution. Also, carpoolers should let their supervisors know of their carpool arrangements.
Carpoolers should try a four-week period. This will give them a chance to knock out the kinks and test the waters.
Hopefully, the carpoolers established a trial period. This way, if one or both do not like the situation it’s easier to leave it.
Yes! A carpool trip counts regardless of the trip length.
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, Lyft or Uber ride home in case of an emergency. Contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator or visit the following page for more information. Rides are capped at $100 per trip and six trips per year.
The Pierce Trips Calendar is a way to track your trips. When you record your trips, you become more aware of your daily transportation choices and patterns. If you are looking for opportunities to use alternative transportation options more often, recording your trips can help you. You will be able to see your personal cost savings, gallons of gasoline saved and how much air pollution you've prevented from being emitted. Plus, you show support for the program and help encourage others to take part. Unless you opt-out when registering, the calendar is also used as the prize entry form for promotions and campaigns. Qualifying trips will be automatically entered into these various promotions. Through these promotions you may win prizes such as gift cards. Pierce Transit, Pierce County, and the City of Tacoma are not responsible for technical failures in entry transmission, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible entries. Entry constitutes permission to use the winner's name and company name for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Pierce Trips. Pierce Trips reserves the right to request a short interview and picture from winners for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Pierce Trips.
The Pierce Trips calendar allows you to log trips made for different purposes: •Work – trips to and from work (work commute) •Work Meeting/Errand – trips between work and another location for work purposes •School – trips to and from school (school commute) •Personal – trips for personal, non-work reasons (appointments, errands, shopping, going to the park, visiting with family and friends, etc.)
When you are logged into the trip calendar, the "Your Stats" banner is located at the top of the Calendar page. You can view your achievements for different periods of time by selecting from the This Month, This Year, All Time, or Custom buttons. The Custom selection allows you to select your own dates for the achievement calculation. You can choose which trip purposes are included in your achievement calculation by using the gear icon.
It depends. Each prize drawing is associated with a different campaign. Each campaign has its own criteria for which trip purposes or modes make a user eligible for the prize drawing (providing they did not opt-out of prize drawings). Some campaigns focus on commute trips by any non-drive alone mode (e.g. Wheel Options). Some campaigns focus on a certain mode (e.g. Bike Month). Check our campaign eligibility page for details.
Pierce Trips and partnering organizations will comply with the IRS reporting requirements for prize winners. According to the IRS instructions, the organization must submit a Form 1099-MISC for any person receiving over $600 in prizes and awards. Recipients of prizes qualifying for a 1099-MISC must agree to provide the information necessary for the 1099-MISC in order to receive their prize; they should expect to receive their forms in time to file their appropriate tax returns.
Another goal of the program is to reduce air pollution. According to the EPA, current motorcycle engines pollute at a rate 90 times higher per mile than passenger cars or even a large sport utility vehicle. More information on this issue may be found through the Environmental Protection Agency's website.
A motorcycle qualifies as a carpool only if more than one person is riding the same cycle. Environmental Protection Agency-Motorcycles