Washington, DC

Driving to and from work every day on your own is costing you time and money, and you know it. But how do you find a compatible companion to share your daily round-trip commute?

The answer is Commuter Connections‘ program called “Ridesharing.” And it’s free.

When you register for a free Commuter Connections account, you can sign up for the Ridesharing program, which pairs you with a viable carpool or van pool. You can also download the CarpoolNow app for ridesharing on demand. The app allows you to ride when you want, where you want, without the cost of a ride-hailing service or taxi.

Ridesharing commuters save an average of $22 a day, reduce stress and make friends.

How does it work? Once you register and become a Commuter Connections member, you can find other commuters at or near your company, in your neighborhood or along your route to work who want to share their ride.

One of the benefits enjoyed by Commuter Connections’ Ridesharing commuters is that they don’t drive every day, which saves wear and tear of vehicles and lowers toll and Express lane fees. Since some commuters prefer to drive, passengers help pay for fuel. Some Ridesharing partners prefer to alternate driving duties, so there is no exchange of money.

Another benefit? Sleeping while someone else negotiates rush hour traffic.

Why is Ridesharing and other valuable services and programs of Commuter Connections free? Because Commuter Connections is a regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that are united in helping improve the region’s traffic congestion.

New members can sign up for the program here. Email [email protected], or call 1-800-745-RIDE.

Commuter Connections offers free services and programs that help employees and employers throughout the region find the most cost-effective, convenient and safe commutes. Information on ridematching, public transit, HOV lane restrictions, park-and-ride lots, bicycling and teleworking are among the services Commuter Connections has been promoting since its founding in 1974.

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