- What is carpooling?
- I need my car for errands during the day. Can I still carpool?
- Can I meet a carpool somewhere other than my home?
- What are the advantages of carpooling?
- How do I find a carpool partner?
- What if there's an emergency or I have to work late and don't have my car?
- Do I need a car to carpool?
- If I fill out a Sun Rideshare application do I have to carpool?
- Doesn't carpooling make the commute longer?
- What are some tips for starting a new carpool?
What is carpooling?
Carpooling is when two or more adult commuters ride together in a private automobile on a continuing basis, regardless of their relationship to each other or the cost of sharing agreements.
Sun Rideshare manages a FREE carpool-matching database to help connect people who may work near each other, live in the same neighborhood, and work similar hours.
I need my car for errands during the day. Can I still carpool?
Discuss schedule changes with other carpoolers in your group. You may be able to set your pick-up point close to a shopping center or bank to accommodate errands after work. Or, you may choose not to carpool on the days you must run an errand.
Can I meet a carpool somewhere other than my home?
Yes. There are 25 Park-and-Ride lots that are designated for commuters to meet their carpools and vanpools. You also can meet at another location that is convenient for the participants, such as a church lot or daycare center.
What are the advantages of carpooling?
There are many advantages of carpooling including:
- Less stress commuting to and from work
- Financial savings due to sharing commuting costs. Compute your savings with the Commute Cost Calculator
- Reduces need for parking
- Increases free time for riders
- Reduces pollution due to auto emissions
- Reduces traffic congestion
- Reduces energy consumption
How do I find a carpool partner?
Whether you want to add another person to your carpool or you want to find partners to form a new carpool, Sun Rideshare can help you. Carpool partners are located through a computerized database that matches commuters with similar commutes. The database contains thousands of potential carpool partners in Pima County.
Submit your Carpool Matchlist Application online or call Sun Rideshare at (520) 884-7433 to complete a Sun Rideshare application over the phone.
What if there's an emergency or I have to work late and don't have my car?
Some employers provide emergency-ride-home cab vouchers for employees who regularly use alternative modes to get to and from work. Discuss your options with your company's benefits administrator or transportation coordinator. Remember that the cost of a cab ride is likely to be greatly offset by the savings you realize by regularly biking, walking, carpooling, vanpooling or taking transit instead of driving alone.
Do I need a car to carpool?
You do not need a car to carpool. The Sun Rideshare database has registrants who have an automobile and are looking for passengers. 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.
If I fill out a Sun Rideshare application do I have to carpool?
You are not obligated to carpool if you fill out an application and receive a matchlist. You may choose to file it away for emergency purposes, but remember you may be contacted by other commuters who have received your name as a possible match.
Doesn't carpooling make the commute longer?
After an initial adjustment period, most participants find carpooling only adds a few extra minutes a day for the drive to a scheduled pick-up point, and that may be a pretty fair trade-off for the dollar savings.
What are some tips for starting a new carpool?
- Meet once before you start carpooling, either at a safe/neutral location or by video chat.
- Determine if you will split driving expenses or take turns driving: If you plan to split expenses, set a price and payment schedule upfront. If you plan to take turns driving, establish your schedule upfront.
- Determine your route to and from work and whether side trips will be allowed.
- Decide how much wiggle time you are willing to allow each other in the schedule.
- Decide how carpool members will notify others in the carpool in case of cancellations or delays.
- Determine a backup plan for sick days and vacation days.
- Have all members of the carpool exchange contact information.
- Have all members of the carpool exchange emergency contact information.
- Set ground rules regarding radio, phone conversations, food in the car, smoking, and politics.