A carpool is a group of two or more people sharing the ride to work or school in a private vehicle. 

How do I find riders?

Recruiting riders is easy. Here are some ideas:

  • Go to www.RideshareOnline.com and find who is available to carpool in a matter of minutes,
  • You choose matches that look most suitable and contact those people. We recommend that potential carpoolers meet in a public place to discuss details before actually riding together.
  • You can also call us at 360-786-8800, or 1-866-330-7033 toll-free, or
  • E-mail us at vans@intercitytransit.com.
  • Contact your co-workers, and
  • Talk to neighbors, and
  • Put posters in your car window or work bulletin board.

What should I charge?

If each person in the carpool takes a turn driving, don't charge anything. If only one person drives, charge each rider a reasonable fare. Remember, there are more expenses than just fuel. You should expect each rider to pay for a share of the fuel, oil, service, insurance and "wear and tear" items, like tires.

Should the group establish rules?

That's up to you. Your carpool will operate more smoothly if you establish a few rules in advance. For example, decide on policies about smoking, the radio, waiting times, and driving rotation. Agree on vacation plans and notification about absences. A few minutes now will save time and headaches later. See Rideshare Tips below for some ideas.

What about insurance?

It's the law. You need insurance for your car and for your passengers. Check with your insurance agent to make sure that you have adequate coverage.

Rideshare Tips

  • Meet your potential pooling partners in a public place before you start carpooling.

  • Discuss arrangements.

  • Choose a convenient pick-up point like a park and ride lot, or pick each person up at home.

  • Agree on a place and time to meet for the trip back home.

  • Determine who will drive.

  • Agree on rules about smoking, eating, and how long you will you wait for someone at a pick-up point, for instance.

  • Decide you will share costs and when payments are due. 

  • Discuss "commuter courtesies." Be on time. Don't make detours for personal errands. Be clear that your carpool has a single purpose--commuting to and from work.

  • Make parking arrangements. Your carpool may qualify for free, preferential or special parking rates.

  • Make a back-up plan for emergencies. A telephone tree can help you notify each other of absences or other changes.

  • Call your insurance company. Many insurance companies offer discounts on vehicles that are not used every day for commuting.

  • Keep your car well-maintained. 

  • Fuel up ahead of time.

  • Discuss pool-related problems before conflicts arise.