The Journey is Better with Friends

Carpooling, Vanpooling, and Schoolpooling are great options to share the responsibility of driving with other commuters while also reducing the number of vehicles on the road. There are many great resources available to learn more about each of these modes and to help find other interested commuters in your area: Carpooling, Vanpooling, and Schoolpooling

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Ride Together

51% of carpoolers belong to the same family, and 40% carpools share the same house. A great carpool option may be closer than you think!

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Take Action!

Search the WayToGo site for an existing carpool, vanpool, or schoolpool in your area. If one doesn’t exist, WayToGo staff can help you get one started!

 

Carpooling

Way to Go

Way to Go: Carpool is a free online carpool matching database from Way to Go, a program of Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Way to Go provides a list of other interested commuters who live and work close to you. By registering you can receive matches with like-minded people to contact at your convenience.

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For longer trips (> 23 miles), including from from Boulder to Denver or to Colorado ski resorts, check out TreadShare, a low cost carpooling app and service.

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Waze carpool is another great resource for finding a carpool in your area. The Waze app is a free resource and is easy to navigate.

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Way to Go: Vanpool can help you find or join a vanpool within the Boulder-Denver metro region.

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VanGo is a resource for finding a vanpool near you if you live in the Northern Front Range.

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Commute with Enterprise offers vanpool services for businesses. Share a ride with co-workers to and from work using an Enterprise vehicle.

Schoolpooling

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Way to Go: Schoolpool is a great resource for parents who need help transporting their children to and from school. Way to Go will connect you with families and provide safe transportation options!

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Boulder Valley School District’s Trip Tracker program, which includes a fun rewards program to help encourage students and staff to use alternative modes of transport to get to school!

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Ride Share Tax Benefits

Vanpooling is a federal tax-free commuter benefit. With this employer provided voluntary benefit program, your commuting expenses for vanpooling, transit and work-related parking costs can be deducted from your pre-tax salary. The program allows an employee to pay for their monthly transportation expenses with pre-tax dollars - up to $270 per month. You can learn more at Commuterbenefits.com

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Getting a Ride in an Emergency

Worried about having an emergency and being stuck with no ride? WayToGo has a program designed for just such a problem. Learn more at Guaranteed Ride Home.

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Carpool Tips

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Reach Out: Contact your potential matches.
Meet Up: Go for coffee or lunch with your matches and make sure it’s a good fit.
Exchange Information: Get each other’s phone numbers and email addresses and establish a chain of communication.
Give It a Try: Test out your ride a few times to see how it’s going to work out.
Make a Schedule: Schedule driver days/weeks/months and stick to it.
Make a Back-up Plan: Life is hectic. Make sure you have a back-up plan in place in case of emergencies, vacations, illness, etc.
Determine the Costs: If driving time isn’t split, figure out the costs and set up a payment schedule.
Set Ground Rules: Deciding things like what radio station to listen to, whether food and drinks are okay and if smoking is allowed, for example, will save possible tension later.
Enjoy the Ride!

Learn more about carpooling tips at https://waytogo.org/getting-around/carpool

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