Looking to carpool and improve your ways of transportation in Ithaca? Here are some tips and programs to help you get started and join the other 5,000 people in Tompkins County who are sharing rides every day.
Ask around your personal networks. A friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, acquaintance--any of these may be willing and eager to share rides.
Post a ride as a passenger or driver on Finger Lakes Rideshare (Zimride). Finger Lakes Rideshare helps connect drivers and riders who want to go to the same location. There are special portals for Tompkins County residents, as well as for Cornell, Ithaca College and TC3. Consider trying this for a long-distance trip. Craigslist is another platform where you might try posting rides.
If you need a car for a limited amount of time, consider using Ithaca CarShare. You pay for how much you actually use a car without having to worry about the costs of maintaining one. Ithaca CarShare recommends renting out cars for common trips rather than long-distance multi-day trips, when a rental car is more appropriate.
Use a taxi (or Uber or Lyft, which have also been introduced into the Ithaca area, for quick, one-time trips).
Way2Go, our local transportation education center, can help connect you to more resources on ridesharing, and provide support to help you find a ride.
Check with your employer. They may have additional resources to support carpooling, or offer incentives. Cornell University, for example, offers discounted parking passes for employees who carpool.
Find more resources on carpooling here.