It’s two or more people sharing the ride, usually taking turns driving their own vehicles.
Before starting on any carpooling arrangement, it’s a good idea to meet over coffee or lunch to iron out details. Some of the ground you should cover:
Consider establishing a trial period of a week or two to give determine if you’re suited to carpool together, if adjustments need to be made, or if you need to find a different carpool partner.
Quite the opposite; teaming up with someone else gives you access to timesaving carpool lanes. On average, Southland commuters using carpool lanes shave 36 minutes a day from their drive...a full third of their total commute time. That more than makes up for the few minutes it might take to meet with your fellow passengers. The farther you commute, the more time you’ll save.
Some people like the regularity and cost-savings of carpooling on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to go. You can set up a carpool to operate any way that works for you and your carpool partner(s). Perhaps you’ll carpool Monday through Thursday and leave Fridays open. Even setting up a once-or-twice-a-week carpool is better than driving alone all the time.
The more people in your carpool, the less you’ll pay for gas and the less often you’ll have to drive. It also takes a bit more coordination making sure everyone arrives and is ready to go. People with consistent schedules do very well with three- or four-person pools. If you need more flexibility, a carpool with one other person may be more your speed.
While the typical carpool involves people with their own vehicles taking turns driving, you may be able to set up an arrangement in which someone else does all the driving while you pitch in for gas and other expenses.
Saving money on gas...reducing auto wear and tear...access to carpool lanes...qualifying for perks at work like preferential parking and rideshare bonuses...less driving stress...more time to get things done...A better question is, why would anyone drive alone?
Violating the rules of carpool lanes can bring a hefty $341 fine, so it’s wise to know the standard policies:
Metro, Caltrans, and other mobility partners are working together to develop a package of solutions that will increase traffic flow and provide better travel options on I-10 and I-110 in Los Angeles County.
The Project Goal is to improve mobility and provide congestion relief on I-10 and I-110 corridors through the introduction of congestion pricing by converting High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, improvement of transit service and other alternatives to driving, improvements to transit facilities, and the implementation of an intelligent parking management system in downtown Los Angeles. The ExpressLanes are a pilot project that will test innovations to improve existing transportation systems.
The ExpressLanes one-year demonstration project is unique because it offers improved transportation options and the new choice to pay to travel in a carpool lane. General-purpose lanes are not tolled. The aim of the program is to foster incentives for sustainable change that creates time savings, cost savings, reduces pollution, and effectively manages our current roadway network – basic essential elements of a green corridor.
Please visit the ExpressLanes page for more information.
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Metro Commute Services
One Gateway Plaza, M/S 99-19-05
Los Angeles CA 90012-2952
Commuters call 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876)
Press 1 for information in English or press 2 for information in Spanish. Then, press 3 for rideshare information. Press 1 to speak to a Metro Teleservices Representative.
Employers call 213.922.2811
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