Sharing a Ride Just Got Easier!
With smartphone apps being developed at a rapid pace, there are many new tools available to help you find rideshare partners. Whether you are driving and want to earn a few dollars or looking for a ride, options are out there to make it easy and convenient to meet your neighbors and share your commute.
Carpooling can save you time and money by using the carpool lane and sharing commute costs.
Did you know there is app-based software to help you share the ride? Check out the App Store on your smartphone for carpool-matching options like Waze and Scoop that can help you catch a ride with your neighbor! To learn more, click here.
The 511 RideMatch System also offers a program to help you find partners, calculate your savings in both dollars and carbon emissions, and give you a chance to win prizes!
Park & Ride: Need to meet up with a carpool? You can park your car for free and connect with a carpool going your way. There are numerous Park & Ride lots in Marin and the greater Bay Area. To find out more, visit 511’s Park and Ride lot map.
Vanpooling saves time, money, and wear and tear on your personal vehicle as well as lets you relax on the way to and from work. A vanpool typically consists of seven to 15 people and generally is best suited for those who work a set daily schedule and live 15 miles or more from work.
If you are interested in starting a vanpool, click here for more information. You can also call 511 and say “Rideshare,” and a representative will help you. If you’d like to join a vanpool already operating in Marin, you can check the Bay Area Vanpool Program seats available list to find drivers that are looking for new riders.
Check out TAM’s $3,600 vanpool incentive to start vanpooling today!
Do you bike or take transit to work but still want access to a car? Renting a vehicle hourly gives you the convenience of owning a car without the hassle of maintenance or parking! Did you know that Zipcar offers car sharing in San Rafael? Find out more here.
On November 15th, 2017, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) awarded $826,000 in joint funding to the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) to plan and build a bike share system that will operate at and around the SMART stations in both counties.
Much like car share, bike share allows you to access a bike when you need it to get around and share the maintenance costs with others. It can be a great option for running errands, as a last mile solution, or to give your visiting guests a scenic tour of your city. To learn more about bike share plans for the region visit TAM’s website.