Carpooling is the simplest and most common ridesharing arrangement. Carpooling reduces the total number of commute trips made because each passenger, in addition to the driver, represents one less vehicle trip. By sharing the ride, carpoolers save money on fuel, insurance, and car maintenance.

Carpooling can also reduce time spent on the road, because carpools can use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. When they're not behind the wheel, carpoolers can read, nap, or chat during their commute, reducing the stress of the drive. Carpooling also helps reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Registered RideSmart commuters are eligible to participate in the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). For more information click on Guaranteed Ride Home.

Carpooling Advantages:
Less stress commuting to and from work
Financial savings due to sharing commuting costs
Increases free time for riders
If an HOV lane is available, trips may take less time
Reduces air pollution due to emissions
Reduces the need for parking

Looking for a one way trip over a long distance? The new mobile app Carpooling connects individuals to promote ride-sharing and cost sharing. For more information on how you can find a ride click here.

Concerns About Carpooling:
Potential ride-shares often ask "What if there is an emergency and I have to get home" or "What if I have to work overtime and I am in a carpool?"

See if there are any carpools in your area:
To find out, Sign Up for free Ride-matching here
For more information on what to do once you have set up a carpool, click here.