Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Setting up an alternative commuting program sounds like a lot of work. Where do I start?
- How do employees find matches for a rideshare - either carpool or vanpool?
- Do riders have to use their rideshare every day?
- What kinds of incentives do employers offer?
- How much money could my employees save by planning an alternative commute?
You won't believe how easy it can be. Two great tips: First, contact your Local Rideshare Office and they'll walk you through every step. They'll help you select incentives, create program guidelines, and even hold employee meetings. They'll also help you spread the word. Second, look around you. In every business there's an employee or two who would love to take on the responsibility of coordinating an alternative commute program. Just work through the details and give them a little time. You'll be surprised how easy it can be.
You can do this inside your business if it's larger, but for businesses large and small, there are powerful resources ready to help. MDOT and many local organizations have Web sites with an easy-to-use registration form. This allows you to find rideshares through large local databases. You simply enter your commute information on the Web site. You might get matches with people interested in using their own vehicles to share the ride or people interested in sharing the ride who have no vehicle of their own. By giving people direct control of their own rideshare matching, many commuters can be served.
No, you don't have to rideshare every single day - simply choose days that work best for you. Carpool as little or as often as your schedule permits. Start with a commitment you think is realistic. Pick one day per week and stick with it. You can always add more days later. If everyone tried to carpool one or two days a week, our air quality and traffic congestion would improve significantly.
There are simple and inexpensive things that employers can do that can help jump-start an alternative commute program within their company:
- Preferential parking for carpools and vanpools
- Subsidized monthly bus passes
- Cash awards or gift certificates
- Extra time off
- Recognition within the company
Use the MiCommute Cost to Commute Calculator to see how much you spend driving to and from work or school each month. Carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus or bicycling to work can help save money in parking fees, gas, and maintenance costs. Some insurance companies offer discounts for reduced driving. If you lease a car, you may be able to reduce payments by leasing at a lower annual mileage figure. Check it out.