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High occupancy vehicle lanes are for carpoolers

High Occupancy Vehicle lanes are for carpoolers

Carpoolers have less stressful commutes

Carpoolers have less stressful commutes

 

The TMA provides a ride home for employees

The TMA provides a ride home for employees that don't drive alone to work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carpooling

Why Carpool?

Want an easier way to work? How about sharing the ride with one or two other commuters? Your trip to work will be more relaxing when someone helps with driving; you'll have more money in your wallet when you share the cost of gas; you'll reduce your vehicle maintenance costs when you share the expenses with just one other person, and you take a car off our congested roads.

You can carpool every day or just occasionally, It's a sociable way to start and end your work day, and with just one rider, you cut your commute costs in half.  Add more riders and save even more.

How do you find someone to carpool with?

To find a carpool partner, sign up online at the Sacramento Region Commuter Club, log in the box at left, or click on the "New User" button in the box.

When you register in Commuter Club, be sure to check " Include me in the Ridematch database tool" so you can see possible carpoolers and so you will be included on lists when someone looks for a carpool match. If you're already registered, click My Profile and make sure that the "Include me.." box is checked. When you do this, you also type the name that people will see. (When you are on a list, your identifying information is not revealed.)

You can also note your carpool preferences. You may want to Drive Only, or Ride Only, or maybe the type of music or non-smoking is important. You can even modify where you match from, if you prefer to meet somewhere other than your home, a park-and-ride lot, for example. When you're set, click Find a Ride in the top menu bar.

If you don't find anyone in Commuter Club, ask your co-workers, or find an information board at work where you can post a card with your name, home zip and work phone number. Keep checking back in Commuter Club though, as more people join and look for someone to carpool with.

What if I or my carpooler have to get home?

If you carpool at least 60 percent of your work week, the TMA will provide an Emergency Ride Home if you don't have a car at work and you or an immedicate family member have an emergency, or if your carpool partner has to leave and takes the car.

To qualify for this FREE service your employer must be a member of the Sacramento TMA and you must be registered in Commuter Club. For more information on when you can use the Emergency Ride Home program click here or call the Sacramento TMA at 737-1513.

Etiquette, costs and safety

The thought of sharing a ride to work with someone you don't know may feel a little strange. The key to putting your mind at ease is to discuss some ground rules in advance. Arrange to meet for coffee or lunch with your potential carpooler to see if you'll enjoy riding together. You may want to set a trial period for the carpool so that if things don't work out you can stop carpooling without feeling uncomfortable. Use the time to work out the details of commuting together:

Where can we meet if we don't pick up at home?

Meet your carpool partners at a Park-&-Ride-Lot for safety and convenience.

Am I committed to this?

One of the reasons people hesitate to carpool is that they are afraid they are making a commitment to do it everyday. Many people have arrangements to rideshare one or two days per week, and carpooling even once a week is better than not at all. There are many people out there who want to but don't want to make an every day commitment. You can find them by going online to www.sacregioncommuterclub.org to request a matchlist made personally for you.