I just Gotta Tell Ya:
- On a typical day, the average mother with school age children spends 66 minutes driving, and covering 29 miles
- If more moms carpooled it would save them time and gas, reduce congestion, which cost Americans $78 Billion/year in wasted fuel and lost time.
- Sightline Institute, the average car with a single driver emits 1.10 lbs of carbon dioxide per mile. When you carpool, an average car with three passengers naturally decreases that number by one-third – to only 0.37 lbs of carbon dioxide per mile.
- In the US, 78% of all trips to and from work are made by single passengers
- 57% of commuters expressed interest in working for an employer that offers commuter benefits.
What do you save?
- Driving fewer miles reduces insurance rates, maintenance, parking costs, etc.
- Using this online Car Pool calculator– driving round trip 38 miles- I saved $484.20 per year
What is it good for Employer’s?
- The ability of passengers to relax on their way to work can result in more productive employees.
- Fewer cars results in less demand for employee parking. Especially good if an employer has to lease parking
- Reducing commuting costs allows an employer to recruit from a larger geographical area.
- Retain Valuable Employees by offering a commute benefit package.
- Tax Advantages- Federal law lets workers receive up to $230* a month in employer-paid tax-free transit costs, or take up to $230 a month in tax-sheltered payroll deductions for transit costs. The law allows employers to give their workers up to $230 each month for transit or vanpool commuting costs as a tax-free benefit. It also allows employers to give employees the option to use payroll deductions to avoid paying taxes on up to $230 a month in commuting costs. Alternatively, employers can share these costs with their workers by paying part of their monthly commuting costs and letting workers pay the balance using pre-tax dollars. Either way, both employers and their employees can save money by participating in this simple plan
- Commuter Choice is a valuable addition to employee benefits.
Car Pool Resources From Masable
- Avego.com – Avego is a service via the iPhone or an average cell phone that allows you to get rides at a moment’s notice. The service uses GPS to allow drivers and riders to find each other. Via the GPS function you get exact directions indicating where to pick up and drop people off, and also get a running tally of how much the ride costs.
- Car Pool Connect- State State Directories
- CarpoolWorld.com – CarpoolWorld has been around since 2000, and continues to provide matching services for those looking for drivers and passengers. Also offers the ability to set up carpool groups for your company, club, sports team or just about anything else you can think of.
- DivideTheRide.com – A carpooling site designed to get your children around to their activities. One person starts it, they invite people they trust, and then a calendar is created. Reminders are sent via email and text message.
- eRideShare.com – Assists you in finding rides for daily carpooling, cross-country travel, running errands, or even to special events & club meetings.
- GishiGo.com – A ride sharing system that charges $.99 for creating a post as either a driver or passenger, and allows you to post reviews of the experience after it’s over.
- GoLoco.org – A social network style carpooling site that makes sure everyone pays their share of the expenses. Each mile of a proposed trip is calculated at $.50, then split between the number of people and then GoLoco receives a 10% share of the transaction.
- GooseNetworks.com – A service focusing on corporate websites to allow your employees to find people they can share rides with, providing them with public transit schedules, and more.
- iCarpool.com – Assists you with finding carpooling partners for work, long distance trips, events and more. Works for members in Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA.
- My Casual Car Pool-commuters the opportunity to propose park and ride lots for their fellow employees based on what they find convenient
- NuRide.com – NuRide offers sponsored carpooling. Set up your ride, confirm that it actually occurred, and you can earn points towards rewards such as gift cards, discounts and more. All members must belong to a company or organization so as to remove some of the anonymity.
- PickupPal.com – Sign up for carpooling for work, long trips, to events and more. Focuses heavily on reducing your carbon footprint on the Earth.
- Pooln.com – A car pooling site with a social networking structure. Give it a try by entering the zip code where you live and the one for your office to see if there are any members who match up with your needs.
- RideAmigos.com – Use the RideAmigo’s RideMatcher system to enter your trip or commute, and find people with a matching schedule that you can share a ride with. The service also shows the environmental impact reduction of the people sharing a ride. Also offers a corporate version, which restricts results to people within your company.
- Ride Search– helps to find commuters near you for a safe rideshare experience. – offers benefit package for employers.
- RideShare- lists carpooling by state
- Ride Share Optimizer– allows users to search for others with similar routes and schedules, and provides a listing of other users whose routes and schedules are most compatible.
- RidePro – A white label solution for companies and cities looking to set up their own carpooling site.
- RoadSharing.com – Enter the route for your proposed road trip and find people to share the ride with and split the costs. Has lots of international members, and it’s easy to spot who has the vehicle and who is looking for one.
- TrafficBulldog.org – Billed as a commuter advocacy site, TrafficBulldog offers up news and suggestions on reducing traffic congestion via carpooling and other suggestions.
- Zimride.com – Zimride offers carpooling for just about any distance you can think of in the USA. They have a Facebook application and have already built an app to be released to work with Androi