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October is Carpool Month in San Mateo County: Share the Ride and Win $100 with Commute.org!

Are you tired of navigating San Mateo County’s traffic jams all by yourself? Wish you could make your daily commute more eco-friendly and less stressful? Well, look no further because October is Carpool Month, and it’s the perfect time to start sharing the ride! Commute.org is here to help you discover the joys of carpooling while offering exciting incentives for those who take the plunge.

Why Carpool?

Carpooling is more than just sharing a ride; it’s a win-win for everyone involved. By carpooling, you can:

  1. Reduce Traffic Congestion: San Mateo County’s roads can get pretty crowded. Carpooling means fewer cars on the road, which translates to less traffic and shorter commute times for everyone.
  2. Save Money: Sharing the cost of gas and parking can significantly lighten the financial load of your daily commute. Plus, you can split the cost of tolls and vehicle maintenance.
  3. Go Green: Carpooling reduces your carbon footprint. Fewer cars on the road mean less pollution and a healthier environment for everyone.
  4. Enjoy Social Benefits: Carpooling provides a unique opportunity for social interaction. You can use your commute time to connect with your carpool partners, share stories, and build friendships. It’s a chance to strengthen community bonds and create a more connected San Mateo County.
  5. Access the 101 Express Lanes: When you carpool, you can gain access to the 101 express lanes for free or at a 50% discount. This means smoother, faster commuting for you and your carpool companions.

How to Start Carpooling?

Getting started with carpooling is easier than you think. Here are some tips on how to ask coworkers, neighbors, or friends to join you:

  1. Talk About It: Begin by casually mentioning your interest in carpooling during a lunch break or office chat. Chances are, someone else is looking for a way to cut down on their commute costs too. Try it out once or twice to see if its a good fit.
  2. Create a Schedule: Work with your potential carpool partners to establish a schedule that suits everyone’s needs. Consistency makes carpooling convenient.
  3. Set Expectations: Discuss rules and expectations upfront. Clarify details like pick-up and drop-off locations, punctuality, and cost-sharing arrangements.
  4. Stay Flexible: Be open to adjusting your schedule as needed. Life can be unpredictable, so having some flexibility can make carpooling more manageable.

Can’t Find a Carpool Partner? No Worries!

If you’re having trouble finding a carpool buddy, Commute.org has you covered with their STAR network. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign Up: Register on Commute.org’s STAR network to find carpool partners with similar commutes.
  2. Earn Rewards: For every ten carpool trips you log with your partner, you’ll earn a $25 e-gift card, up to $100 per year!
  3. Win Big: All logged carpool trips during Carpool Month in October are entered into a draw to win one of two $100 e-gift cards. It’s your chance to win big just by carpooling!
  4. Emergency Ride Home: Worried about unexpected situations? Commute.org will cover you for an emergency ride home four times per year, up to $60 each, in case of an emergency.

This Carpool Month, take the leap and discover the benefits of carpooling. Not only will you save money and reduce your carbon footprint, but you’ll also have the chance to win prizes and ensure you always have a backup plan with Commute.org’s emergency ride home service.

So, why go it alone when you can share the ride and make your commute more enjoyable and eco-friendly? Start carpooling this October and be a part of the solution to San Mateo County’s traffic woes. Together, we can make a difference!

 

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