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What is carpooling?

Two or more people sharing a ride in a car constitutes a carpool. Carpooling is simple, tends to be informal, and can last as long as the participants desire.

How does carpooling work?

Carpools are based on sharing commute expenses. There are two basic types of carpool arrangements:

  • Poolers use one car owned by one driver. The driver calculates his/her operating costs for the daily commute, then divides by the number of riders to determine how much each rider should contribute. The riders and driver agree to a periodic (daily, weekly, monthly) payment plan.
  • Poolers can rotate car use and driving so that each person’s vehicle and driving time are shared equally. No money is exchanged in this arrangement.

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Vanpool to work and save money on your commute.
How do people start carpools?

Many carpools begin quite informally between neighbors or coworkers. Other carpools are initiated with the help of employers and The T, who can match commuters based on work hours and geographic location. This carpool matching assistance through The T is absolutely FREE.

Once commuters find someone whose schedules and locations are compatible, the next step is to meet the potential carpooler to discuss arrangements. Suggestion: Set a trial period of a week or so. Each individual carpooler can leave the pool during the trial period if they so desire. Once the carpool is set, courtesy dictates that participants who decide to leave give advance notice to their carpooling partners to minimize any inconvenience.

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What are the benefits of car/vanpooling?
  • Reduces commuting costs
  • Helps conserve fuel
  • Reduces traffic congestion
  • Reduces wear and tear on personal vehicles
  • Helps to improve air quality
  • Alleviates commuting stress

For more information or assistance in forming a car/vanpool,
call 817.336.RIDE (7433).

Track your contribution to our area's alternative commute options by registering with the North Central Council of Governments (NCTCOG) TRY PARKING IT web page.

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