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Commuter Resource Center



Here’s how it works. The driver in a carpool picks up other interested commuters at their home, at a park-and-ride lot or at another mutually agreed-upon location. Although it only takes two people to form a carpool, increasing the number of passengers will reduce overall commuting costs.

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

• 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

• Reducing stress

• Eliminating temptation for illegal driving and reducing absenteeism if a driver’s license is suspended or revoked

Carpooling also benefits employers and the environment by:

• Reducing congestion within existing parking areas

• 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

Reducing traffic congestion

• Improving air quality

• Conserving energy

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