Car Pool Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A carpool is any group of two or more people who ride together to and from work in a personal vehicle (e.g., personal automobile, SUV, or truck).

Carpooling saves in parking fees, gasoline, and vehicle wear and tear. Members of a carpool can use the extra time to relax, read, pay bills, or just to take a few deep breaths. The frustration of commuting alone in congested traffic is reduced when you share a ride with others.

Carpooling frequently costs less than what you are paying to commute alone.

Indicate your preference to join a carpool as a driver or rider, and you can see a list of commuters who live in your area, with similar work destinations, and who are interested in ridesharing.

Here’s how it works. The driver in a carpool picks up other interested commuters at their home, at a park “n” ride lot or at another mutually agreed-upon location. Although it only takes two people to form a carpool, increasing the number of passengers will reduce overall commuting costs.

Examples of carpool arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:

 • A licensed driver uses his/her personal vehicle, with vehicle operating costs pro-rated among all of the passengers
 • Shared driving and independent cost responsibilities, with each participant covering his or her own vehicle’s operating expenses

 There are many personal benefits to carpooling:

• Reducing your gasoline costs, tolls and insurance
• Reducing the cost of depreciation of your personal vehicle
• Reducing the need to buy or own a car; when you ride and don’t drive your vehicle to work and therefore save on wear and tear
 • Making personal vehicle(s) more available to other family members on weekdays
• Encouraging new friendships
• Reducing stress
 • Eliminating temptation for illegal driving and reducing absenteeism, if a driver’s license is suspended or revoked

 Carpooling also benefits employers and the environment by:

• Reducing congestion within existing parking areas
• Reducing capital costs of building additional parking spaces
 • Improving employee morale
• Improving community relations by reducing neighborhood traffic and parking problems
• Reducing absenteeism and late arrivals
 • Reducing traffic congestion
• Improving air quality
• Conserving energy