Car pooling means sharing a ride to work with at least one other person. It’s an ideal option for people who live in suburban or rural areas where there is little or no access to public transportation. Car pooling is a great way to save money—and the more people in your carpool, the more you save. It’s also a way you can do your part to help the environment.
Making It Work
Car pools can work in many different ways. Some divide commuting expenses by the number of people car pooling. Others share expenses by rotating driving responsibilities on a regular basis. Regardless of how the car pool is set up, cooperation among the participants is key. Be prepared to coordinate with others and be flexible. Also, make sure you know the safety rules and etiquette of carpooling before trying it.
- Learn how to get started.
- Use the matching tool to find car poolers who are a good fit for you.
- Learn about car pool safety and etiquette.
Additional Car Pool Options in PA
- CommuteInfo: offers various options, including car pooling, van pooling and bike pooling for work and school trips made by commuters traveling to or from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
- Commuter Services of Pennsylvania: offers car pool, van pool, walking and other options for Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties.
- Share-A-Ride: offers car pool, van pool and other options in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
- CATACOMMUTE: offers car pool, van pool and other options in Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Snyder, and Union counties.
- Lehigh Valley Commute Rideshare: offers car pool and other options in Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.
If It Doesn't Work Out
It can take time to create a car pool that works well for everyone. Try it for a few days. If you decide it’s not for you, move on and try something else. Remember, you’re under no obligation to continue.
Emergency/Guaranteed Ride Home Programs
If you’re worried about not having a car available in case you need to stay late at work, or need to leave unexpectedly, you can register for the Emergency Ride Home program and get up to six emergency rides per year via the transportation method of your choice. Learn more about the Emergency Ride Home Program.