Carpooling, just the word makes many people cringe. It shouldn't, it is one of the easiest and best ways to have a little extra time during the week just for you.
Choosing to commute with at least one other person at least 2 days a week can make a big difference. Now, you get to be one of the vehicles whizzing past in the HOV lane saving time, money, and contributing to cleaner air!
The benefits are not just limited to the road. Once you get to work, no more searching for a good parking spot. Registered carpoolers are eligible for preferred parking at the work site. This means your parking space is always waiting for you.
Ready to Register? Complete the Preferred Parking Request form and take it to Public Safety to get registered as a carpooler.
Tips for Carpooling:
- Determine your route and schedule. Establish the morning pickup point(s) and designate a place(s) to meet for the trip home.
- Draw up a schedule for driving responsibilities. If all members of your carpool alternate driving, decide among yourselves if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
- Establish a method for reimbursing driving expenses. If all members of your carpool do not share the driving equally, come to an understanding of how the costs will be shared and agree on payment dates.
- Establish policies. Smoking or nonsmoking; music and volume; food and drinks. Your carpool will have a better chance of success if possible irritants are discussed initially.
- Establish a chain of communication. If a driver is ill, or will not be going to work one day, an alternate driver should be notified to ensure that other members of the carpool will have a ride. If a member is ill or will not be working, the driver must be contacted as soon as possible.
- Respect your fellow carpooler's wishes. Especially in the morning when some people like a time of quiet.
Guaranteed Ride Home:
All employees who use an alternate mode of transportation and register with the Transportation Coordinator (TC) may participate in our Guaranteed Ride Home program (GRH). To register as an alternate mode use (AMU), contact the TC at your Campus.