Sharing the ride with one or more others commuters can be a convenient and enjoyable way to get to work.
How do I find a carpool partner?
The Smart Commute Tool can help you to find carpool partners from your organization or from other workplaces nearby. Whether you wish to drive, ride or a combination of the two, the Smart Commute Tool will help you find a carpool match for your commute.
Need some help getting set up? Watch our Smart Commute Tool tutorial videos.
Emergency Ride Home
Smart Commute offers you an easier way to get home in the event of an emergency.
The Emergency Ride Home program reimburses carpoolers for the cost of transit, a taxi or rental vehicle in emergency situations.
Benefits of carpooling
- Save money – carpooling can cut costs from 50 – 70% by sharing the costs of fuel and parking. Calculate your potential savings using our savings calculator.
- Save time – fast track to your destination in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Commuters who use the HOV lanes report that they saved 14-17 minutes per trip.
- Priority parking – many employers offer priority parking spaces for carpoolers allowing you to park closer to your office door.
- Have fun – our Commuter Attitudes survey showed that 81% of the carpoolers reported that they are satisfied with their commute.
- Reduce stress – sit back and let someone else do the driving. Arrive at your destination less stressed and on time.
- Improve air quality – reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution by taking a vehicle off the road.
- Convenience – take advantage of free carpool lots across the GTAs as convenient places to meet up with your carpool.
Once you have established your carpool it’s a good idea to meet with your partner and discuss how it’s going to work. Here are some things to consider:
Cost sharing – if you aren’t sharing the driving equally, decide how the costs will be shared and agree on payment dates. You can calculate costs and savings using our calculator.
Communicate – ensure everyone has a copy of all phone numbers in case of illness or change of plans. Share your carpool partner’s contact information with a friend or family member. Don’t forget to give notice of vacation, personal or overtime plans.
Waiting times – decide as a group how long you’ll wait for a passenger.
Route and schedule – establish a morning pickup point(s) and designate a place to meet for the trip home.
Driving schedule – decide if you want to rotate driving on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Ground rules – discuss whether smoking, eating, drinking or music is acceptable in your carpool. Some passengers may be sensitive to strong perfumes or colognes, so check if these are ok to wear.
Driving – keep the car clean, in good repair and filled with enough gas for each trip. Drive safely and obey the rules of the road.
Insurance – discuss your carpool plans with your insurance company. Liability coverage is generally sufficient but double check with your provider. Some companies offer reduced rates for carpoolers.
Give your carpool time to work, it usually takes a few weeks for everyone’s routine to come together. Remember that carpooling is a cooperative effort – common sense, dependability, courtesy, planning, flexibility, and accommodation are essential. You don’t have to carpool every day, find out what works best for you.