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Carpooling offers many benefits.

  • It’s easy: Carpooling is simple, easy to do and flexible

  • It’s convenient: Carpooling provides commuting convenience comparable to driving alone, but with less stress and companionship while you’re commuting. Carpooling partners establish their own unique rules and arrangements that best meets the needs of their particular carpool.

  • It saves you money: sharing the costs of driving and parking in these times of increasing gas prices can help you reduce your daily commuting costs. The more occupants in the vehicle the more you save.

  • It reduces your parking permit cost: Car pools provide significant savings by discounting the monhly parking fee. Take the monthly rate and divide it by the number of people in the carpool. Next, divide the number again by the number of carpoolers to get the cost/savings. For example, take the Crystal Terrace monthly rate of $30.60 and do the math:

    • $30.60/2 people = $15.30/2 = $7.65/month. A savings of $22.95/person/month (or $275.40/year).
    • $30.60/3 people = $10.20/3 = $3.40/month. A savings of $27.20/person/month (or $326.40/year).
    • $30.60/4 people = $ 7.65/4 = $1.91/month. A savings of $28.69/person/month (or $344.28/year).

  • It’s less stressful: Commuting with others means there’s less frustration and you arrive at your job more relaxed and ready to work. If you’re not driving, you might even be able to catch up on reading, get some extra sleep or work while commuting.

  • It’s better for the environment: Fewer cars on the road means reduced Green House Gas emissions and improved air quality.

  • It improves your available commuting options: Carpooling offers a commuter option that may work for you better than other modes. It serves people who live where transit service may be limited and may fit your work schedule better than other options.