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Carpooling is as easy as it sounds — sharing a ride with other travelers or commuters who have similar starting and destination locations. You can participate in carpools as a driver only, passenger only or in alternating roles. Carpooling offers many benefits.
With 511NY Rideshare’s Ridematch system, joining a carpool is quick and easy.
For personalized service, questions or assistance, call 511 and say, “Rideshare.” Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say “Rideshare.”
Keep planning, courtesy and flexibility as priorities for successful carpooling. Here’s how to mind your manners:
Q. What is ridesharing, and why should I do it?
A. Sharing a ride with other commuters or travelers—in a carpool, vanpool, bus or train—is known as ridesharing. The benefits of ridesharing include reduced travel costs, less wear and tear on your vehicle, a less stressful trip and helping your community by reducing both traffic congestion and air pollution.
Q. What is carpooling?
A. A carpool is two or more travelers or commuters sharing a ride. It is simple to set up and flexible. You do not have to carpool every day but as often as your schedule allows. To join a carpool, register for ridematching.
Q. How does carpooling work?
A. Carpools are based on sharing travel expenses. Carpoolers may either use one driver and share expenses or rotate driving duties and eliminate the need for money to change hands. To join a carpool, register for ridematching.
Q. How much time will I save if I drive in the HOV lanes?
A. The average estimate is that you can shave up to 20 minutes off of your trip—each way—if you drive in the HOV lanes.
Q. If I were to join a carpool, would I be committing to the carpool 5 days a week?
A. Absolutely not. You decide how many days during the week you want to drive with your carpool partner(s). As long as it works for you and your carpool partner(s), that’s all that matters.
Q. What if I need my car for personal appointments or errands?
A. Plan these activities on specific days and rideshare the rest of the time.
Q. What if my schedule is irregular?
A. Those with irregular schedules are better candidates for carpooling than vanpooling. Even if there is just one day a week where you travel during more regular hours, you could arrange a carpool for that particular day. More people are working flexible hours, so you might be able to match up with someone in a situation similar to your own.
Q. What if I need my car during the day?
A. Be the designated driver of your carpool and drive every day. Share the expenses with your rider(s).
Q. What if I need to take my child to daycare?
A. Try making the daycare center the meeting place for your carpool. Or meet at a centralized location, such as a Park & Ride lot.
Q. What happens if the driver of my carpool has to work overtime and cannot drive me to my destination? What if my child gets sick at school, and I have to leave work unexpectedly? How will I get to her/him?
A. Our Guaranteed Ride Program is your “insurance policy” for ridesharing situations like these. If you are a registered participant in the program, 511NY Rideshare will pay for your ride to your destination if your carpool driver is unable to fulfill his or her responsibility for the carpool (limitations apply). Likewise, 511NY Rideshare will pay for your ride to your child in the case of an emergency. To learn more about the Guaranteed Ride Program and to enroll, call 511 and say “Rideshare.” Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say “Rideshare.”
Q. How much does it cost to be part of a carpool?
A. The participants in the carpool determine the costs and details of the carpool. Some carpools rotate driving responsibility and bypass the exchange of money entirely. Others have one driver and one or more passengers who split the costs equally. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the 2012 standard mileage rate for business miles is 55.5 cents per mile, which you can divide among the passengers.
Q. How can I find a carpool?
A. To find a carpool, register for ridematching or call 511 and say “Rideshare.” Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say “Rideshare.”
It happens. Emergencies and unexpected situations arise. If you or your driver gets sick, or if your driver cannot pick you up, no problem. 511NY Rideshare’s Guaranteed Ride Program is hassle free and easy to use. And the best part is, there’s no cost to you. It’s an insurance policy for commuters and travelers. If you miss your ride, carpool or vanpool due to an emergency, we’ll pay for you to get to your destination by public transit or taxi. It’s that easy. (Limitations apply.)
To learn more about Guaranteed Ride Program and how to enroll, email us or call 511 and say “Rideshare.” Out-of-state travelers can call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro) and then say “Rideshare.”
HOV lanes (aka carpool lanes) are reserved for vehicles carrying a minimum of 2 or sometimes 3 passengers. Cars or vans traveling in these lanes can avoid traffic and get to work faster. Below you will find a list of HOV lanes in the New York metropolitan area:
There are currently no HOV lanes in Hudson Valley
HOV hours are 6 am to 10 am, and 3 pm to 8 pm on weekdays. At any other time, the LIE HOV lanes are open to all traffic.