What are the benefits of carpooling?
Carpooling can save you money, time and improve your quality of life by: by splitting driving costs among two or more people, allowing you to receive discount bridge tolls, and avoid traffic by using carpool lanes (HOV/Diamond/express lanes). It’s a great opportunity to meet people while improving the environment. As well, you could be eligible for county financial incentives and/or benefits from by your employer. And don’t forget the 511 rewards for tracking your trips using your 511 Trip Diary.
Are there different carpooling options?
Yes, there are three types of services:
- Apps - Find rides when you need them and share the cost of driving. Download a smartphone app!
- Desktop - Get a free 511 carpool matchlist to connect with people to share rides and the cost of driving.
- Casual - Drivers and passengers meet at designated locations in the East Bay and travel to downtown San Francisco.
How many people do I need for a carpool?
How do I create or join a carpool?
How do I screen my potential carpoolers?
What are my driving and riding options in a carpool?
You can drive, ride or share. Carpool every day or just the days that work for you.
What if I drive to daycare or school, or need to start/end my commute from another location that is not home/work?
Make your origin and/or destination any location to start at and/or end at, or use a Park & Ride Lot or a transit stop near the start/end of your route.
What if I have to work late or have an emergency?
On days you drive, you’ll have your car to get home, but be sure to let fellow carpoolers know about your situation so they can make alternate arrangements. If you're a passenger, see if your employer or the county where you live and work offers a Guaranteed/Emergency Ride Home program. These programs can help you get home in an emergency on a day that you carpool, vanpool, etc. at no cost to you.
How much will I save? / How do I share the costs?
Carpooling can save you money by dividing driving expenses between members of the carpool. You can split the costs evenly between people or you can split expenses by how often you rotate driving duties. If everyone drives equally, no money needs to change hands. If you are just a passenger, you can pitch in for gas and other expenses.
Before you start or join a carpool, agree on the costs, schedule, and responsibilities of each participant. Discuss expenses and responsibilities with everyone.
Where can I find Park & Ride Lots?
There are 150 free, conveniently-located Park & Ride lots throughout the Bay Area. Check here for a list of Park & Ride lots.
To view a map of Park & Ride Lots:
- Visit the 511 Interactive Map.
- Select the 'Map Options' icon in the upper right corner of the map on the desktop version and at the bottom of the map on the mobile version.
- Click the 'Carpool' map layer.
- Click the checkbox next to 'Park & Ride'. Park & Ride lots should now be visible on the Interactive Map.