Looking to carpool and improve your ways of transportation in Ithaca, but don’t know where to begin? Look no further - the following tips and programs will help you get started and be part of a network in Tompkins County where over 5,000 people are sharing rides every day.
Ask around in your own personal networks if you can carpool with someone - a friend, family members, co-worker, neighbor, acquaintance - and if they are willing to establish a carpooling schedule with you and others based on individual preferences.
Post a ride as a passenger or driver on Zimride for long-distance trips. Locations, time, and rates vary by trip.
Craigslist is another similar platform where local rides can be posted for long-distance trips.
If you need your own car for a limited amount of time, consider using Ithaca CarShare where eligible drivers can sign up to use a fuel-efficient car. You pay for how much you actually use a car without having to worry about the external costs of maintaining one. Ithaca CarShare recommends renting out cars for common trips rather than long-distance multi-day trips. Rates and membership plans vary by frequency and time of bookings.
Use a taxi or Uber and Lyft, which have also been introduced into the Ithaca area, for quick, one-time trips.
Way2Go provides valuable information, resources, and projects that are aimed towards creating a more accessible and equitable transportation system. Not only do they information on different types of transportation options (everyday, medical, regional and long distance rides) but they also offer green mobility workshops, driving lessons, and resources for organizations to implement carsharing in the workplace.
Check with your employer. They may have additional resources to support carpooling, or offer incentives. Cornell University offers discounted parking passes for employees who carpool, for example.
Find more resources on tips on carpooling here.