What is rideshare?
Rideshare is the communal use of transportation.
We aim to provide a multi-modal approach to your commute so that you can arrive at your destination efficiently, sustainably, and enjoyably. Everyone shares the ride at one point or another; whether we start a carpool, take the bus, ride bikes with a group, or walk with a friend, we are choosing to share that ride.
There are limitless options when deciding how to get where you are going and often combining several modes is your best option. As we focus our efforts on sharing the ride as opposed to driving alone we can reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and countless hours wasted on freeways. By providing access to transportation as an alternative to ownership we enter the shared economy and begin accomplishing our goals. Through policy, programming, advocacy, and education we can develop our shared mobility resources and change the paradigm for transportation in Los Angeles.
Look through the commuter and employer programs we offer to find services that will make your life easier and your businesses greener.
Commuters, parents, and employers interested in learning more about rideshare programs that will fit their needs are encouraged to visit ridematch.info , email Sharedmobility@metro.net , or call directly to 213.922.2811.
Your commute is your choice.
Make informed decisions by understanding all of your options. If you would like to cut down on costs, reduce your carbon footprint, get exercise or be more productive, then you should definitely consider ditching your car or inviting a friend to join you.
Calculate the cost of your commute.
Save money by changing your transportation choice. Driving alone is the most expensive form of transportation. Gas costs, vehicle maintenance, Express Lane tolls, and outstanding pollution are pulling your pockets and hurting the Earth. Find out how much you are spending before you decide how to fix it.
Find someone who shares your route
Carpooling is a cheap and effective travel option. Finding someone who lives near you has never been so easy. Follow the link below to find local SoCal residents looking to share the ride. Users are looking to match whether they want to go to work or the Saturday night concert. Give your wallet a break and leave the parking headache in the past.
Get your kids to share the ride
Getting to school means millions of extra trips bringing students to and from daily classes. Together we can get your kids to school safely and decongest our roads. There are a lot of alternatives that can make any school into a smooth drop off/pick up system.
Find the tax deductions for you and your employer
Large companies need to comply with certain environmental standards. Sustainable commuting is a core element to the standards that your regulated company will need to meet. Follow the link to see how your employer can save you money and meet its requirements.
Find more ways to move around the city from other programs Metro has to offer!
- Take Metro as much as possible.
- Ride a bike or walk when you can.
- Vanpools carry large groups long distances.
- Ride faster in carpool lanes
- Dodge traffic in the express lane
- Take Metro part way, find your park and ride lot!
Metro Rideshare/Shared Mobility helps you find a better commute.
Employers can offer special programs to their employees and help them get to work faster and happier. In doing so, employers can help themselves by meeting air quality standards, receiving tax deductions, resolving parking issues and having a more satisfied workforce. Metro Rideshare/Shared Mobility is committed to providing support to employers, large and small, in LA County.
Sustainability programs offer your company support with Air Quality Management District regulations and strategies to become a greener business at absolutely zero cost. We are staffed experts for your assistance in Average Vehicle Ridership reports, rideshare program marketing and implementation, and much more. Learn more from the link below and give us a call.
- Metro works for you to create programs, dissect complicated tax codes, and develop marketing strategies
Incentives provided by Metro Rideshare/Shared Mobility get your employees to share the ride. Sometimes people need the extra push to change the way they get to work. With Metro Rewards they will receive benefits every time the choose to leave the car at home or let someone else hop in.
The Guaranteed Ride Home Program promises that your employee will never be stranded. Emergencies happen and their carpool might not be there to support them. That is why we completely reimburse any trip that needs to be taken as a result from unforeseen circumstances. Trips be taken with a taxi, Uber, Lyft, and more! See below for details.
Discounted Metro TAP pass is the ultimate perk for your employee is a free or discounted Metro TAP pass. Get serious about public transportation commutes and invest in your employees well being.
Metro has created the following PowerPoint templates as a resource for you to use to communicate the many benefits of ridesharing, biking, walking and taking public transit to your employees.
Highlight incentives in your headline to grab the attention of your employees.
Include information about how to obtain these incentives and include additional benefits . Examples of benefits include:
- Relax, reduce stress, watch a movie or listen to music when you share the ride.
- Save money when you bike, walk, take public transit or share the cost in a carpool or vanpool.
- Save time by using a carpool/HOV lanes.
- Be one less vehicle on the road and help save the planet.
- Biking and walking can help improve your overall health
Don’t forget to include contact information or a link on where to find more information.
A Word About California Rideshare Week 2020
California Rideshare Week, scheduled for the first work week in October, is taking a one-year hiatus (but will be back again in 2021 to mark its 32 nd year in Southern California!). The annual campaign urges commuters to use alternatives to driving alone for less traffic and cleaner air.
Although Metro will not be hosting the traditional activities or prize drawing, there are other ways to get involved and stay connected:
- Find out more about the variety of commute options Metro offers including Metro Bike Share , Metro rail and bus , Telework, and Metro Vanpool
- Check-out Ridematch.info and request a RideGuide to get personalized trip information
- Learn how you may qualify for Metro Rewards, a year-round program that rewards commuters who make the choice to share the ride!
- Take the pledge and support California Clean Air Day
- Stay up to date with CDC Guidelines for safely sharing the ride
California Rideshare Week may be on hold, but we recognize that commuters, especially essential workers, have continued to take transit, use bike share, vanpool and carpool to work during this pandemic. We would like to thank those essential workers for their dedication and commitment for everything they do – please take this opportunity to thank your essential workers.
We would also like to thank all of the businesses, ETCs and teleworkers that have gone the extra mile in setting up telework programs, training employees and managers, working from home during difficult circumstances, and for helping to keep everyone safer. Not only have you helped to ease traffic congestion, but you have improved air quality and done an amazing job with AVR stats that have never been better!
See you next year!
Telework, also called telecommuting, is a work arrangement where employees do not commute or travel to their work location, such as an office or warehouse, and instead perform their work tasks and duties from home.
Benefits of telework programs – employers that offer telework programs to their employees realize many benefits. According to the International Telework Association and Council, on average, teleworking yields:
- 22% increase in employee productivity
- 20% decrease in employee turnover
- 60% decrease in employee absenteeism
In addition, telework programs are a strategy for employers that must comply with South Coast AQMD’s Rule 2202, help meet air quality regulations, or submit Trip Reduction Plans to local cities.
Resources – Metro Rideshare/Shared Mobility is committed to providing support to employers, large and small, in LA County with telework information and resources:
Other Information – There are lots of excellent blogs and external sources of information about teleworking. These links are provided as a resource and not associated with Metro:
Employers that are interested in offering telework arrangements to their employees or learning how telework programs can fit their needs are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 213.922.2811.