Register to rideshare and start saving money and time. Benefits of carpooling and vanpooling include:
- Lower gas, insurance, parking, and maintenance expenses
- Shorter commute time by taking an HOV lane
- Less stress and more time to relax while not driving
- Improved air quality
- Decreased congestion
Carpooling is when two or more commuters ride together in a private automobile on a continuing basis, regardless of their relationship to each other or the cost of sharing agreements. Carpooling is the simplest and most common "ridesharing" arrangement.
Finding someone to carpool is easy because employees of a single company often live near each other. Neighbors may work at different companies located only a short distance apart and have the same work hours. More than 40% of Anne Arundel County residents work outside of the county, so it's likely that some of your neighbors have a similar commute pattern.
Carpools can be arranged in one of the following ways:
- One person may drive all the time, while the passengers contribute only to the cost (e.g., gas and parking).
- Participants may alternate driving and not exchange money.
- The carpool driver may pick up passengers at their homes, or they may meet at a central location. Carpools can and do include family members.
- You get the picture. Collectively, the carpool participants make up the rules and schedule.
When you register to carpool you will instantly receive a list of people who are also interested in ridesharing and who live and work near you. Just contact the people on your list to join an existing carpool or create a new one.
Vanpooling is an important and economical option for individuals commuting long distances. This option is popular in the Metropolitan Washington DC and Baltimore area because of long commuting distances to work sites. Your employer can provide you with a monetary transit subsidy each month as an incentive to vanpool.
Types of Vanpools
There are three kinds of vanpool arrangements:
- Owner-operated vans — An individual leases or purchases a van and operates the van independently. Riders generally meet at a central location and pay the owner a set monthly fee.
- Third-party vans — A vanpool "vendor" leases the vanpool vehicle for a monthly fee that includes the vehicle operating cost, insurance, and maintenance. The vendor can contract directly with one or more employees. The monthly lease fee is paid by the group of riders.
- Employer-provided vans — The employer (or a group of employers) buys or leases vans for employees’ commute use. The employer organizes the vanpool riders and insures and maintains the vehicles. The employer may charge a fee to ride in the van or subsidize the service. Check with your company’s Human Resources department.