Carpooling is one of the easiest, most economical ways of ridesharing. Carpools may consist of co-workers, or people who work and/or live around the same area as you do. Children, who must be dropped at daycare, may be considered part of your carpool as long as they ride fifty percent of your trip. However, taking children to day care or school does not qualify an employee to receive rideshare incentives and benefits under the County’s program.
Carpooling saves money and time and reduces stress. Although it only takes two people to form a carpool, increasing the number of passengers will reduce overall commuting costs and the more the merrier; carpooling with co-workers and friends can be fun.
Another advantage of carpooling is the positive effects on the environment. Carpooling reduces traffic congestion, saves fuel, decreases air pollution and the need for parking space. From a global perspective, carpooling reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which goes a long way towards improving our area’s chronic air pollution.
County employees who track rideshare activities with Commuter Services an average of at least two times per week may be eligible to receive Preferred Parking - designated parking spaces located close to the entries of many of the County’s worksites and buildings.
If you are a member of a carpool and would like to take advantage of this benefit, submit a Carpool Parking Permit Application and return it to Commuter Services Interoffice Mail Code 0178 or via fax to (909) 387-9641.
Examples of carpool arrangements include, but are not limited to, the following:
- A licensed driver uses his/her personal vehicle, with vehicle operating costs pro-rated among all of the passengers to be worked out by the carpoolers
- Shared driving and independent cost responsibilities, with each participant covering his or her own vehicle’s operating expenses
There are many personal benefits to carpooling:
- Reducing your gasoline costs, tolls and insurance
- Reducing the cost of depreciation of your personal vehicle
- Reducing the need to buy or own a car; when you ride and don’t drive your vehicle to work and therefore save on wear and tear
- Making personal vehicle(s) more available to other family members on weekdays
- Encouraging new friendships / Networking
- Reducing stress
Carpooling also benefits employers and the environment by:
- Reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality
- Reducing capital costs of building additional parking spaces
- Improving employee morale
- Improving community relations by reducing neighborhood traffic and parking problems
- Reducing absenteeism and late arrivals
- Conserving energy and fuel