Carpooling allows you to share the cost and driving responsibilities of your commute with another passenger. This page provides information and tools to help you find carpool partners and help you learn about the incentives that support carpooling.
List your ride or find a carpool partner by joining the 511 NY Rideshare system. It’s free and you will instantly see contact information for people who are looking to share rides from your neighborhood.
Live out of NY State? No problem. The 511 NY Rideshare service is intended for anyone who lives or works in New York State. 511 NY Rideshare is a service of New York State Department of Transportation.
You should review various carpool databases and select a carpool database of your own choice. This particular carpooling database is merely a suggestion and it is not endorsed.
Guaranteed Ride Program
Worried about getting home in an emergency? Carpools can join the free Guaranteed Ride Program. The program reimburses your taxi or transit ride home when you’re stranded at Columbia or need to get somewhere for an unexpected personal or family emergency. The best part is that there’s no cost to you. It’s like an insurance policy for commuters. If you miss your carpool or vanpool due to an emergency, 511 NY Rideshare will reimburse you to get to your destination by public transit or taxi. It’s that easy.
- Maximum $40 per claim, and $200 per year
- Only for carpool or vanpool commuters
- Available to anyone who lives or works in New York state.
- Keep your receipt for reimbursement.
- Ensure that your carpooling partner(s) is enrolled as well.
Contact 511NY Rideshare to enroll in the program. Call 5-1-1 and say "rideshare" or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
This service is provided by the New York State Department of Transportation.
Tips for Successful Carpooling
- You don’t have to carpool every day. Start by carpooling one day per week, and grow it from there. Just try it out and adjust as you go.
- Worried about traveling with a stranger? First step, arrange to meet at Low Plaza, a local coffee shop or any public place before you agree to a carpooling arrangement.
- Don’t commit. Agree to try carpooling once or twice, but make it known you’re not quite sure if carpooling’s right for you. Even then, agree that you may wish to break it off down the road. It’s okay to be a commitment-phobe.
- Money matters. It’s up to you. If each person in the carpool takes turns in driving, than there’s no need to worry about money. However, some people prefer to drive, others prefer to ride, in that case, each rider should contribute a reasonable fare to cover gas, tolls, parking and wear and tear on the driver’s vehicle. Look up AAA’s cost to drive. In 2014, the national average was 59c per mile.
- Where do I meet my carpool? That’s up to you. Some people choose to meet at a convenient Park and Ride lot, on the street, a local mall or even your house.
- Respect your fellow carpooler’s wishes. In the morning some people relish quiet time.
- Be on time. Decide together how long the driver is expected to wait.
- Establish policies. Music and volume? Food and drinks? For a happy carpool, agree on some basic rules up front and be open to trying new ideas.
- Agree on a chain of communication. If a driver is sick or on vacation, have a plan for an alternate driver or commute mode so the other carpoolers are not left stranded.
- Travel safely. Keep the vehicle in good repair. Keep the vehicle clean and safe. Don't ruin it for everyone with speed and reckless maneuvers.
- Don’t want to be stranded at work? Join the Guaranteed Ride Home program to get a reimbursed ride home when unexpected emergencies happen.
Reduced Tolls for Carpools
With three or more people in your car, you can receive reduced tolls at all NY-NJ state-line crossings, Staten Island crossings and the Tappan Zee Bridge.
All NY-NJ State-Line Crossings
Tolls are $6.50 with three or more people in your car at all NY-NJ state-line crossings. That's a saving of $6 each day from a peak-hour price. The incentive applies to:
- George Washington Bridge
- Lincoln Tunnel
- Holland Tunnel
- Bayonne Bridge
- Goethals Bridge
- Outerbridge Crossing
Tappan Zee Bridge Carpool Commuter Plan
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
MTA Staten Island Resident Program: Receive a discount at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for passenger vehicles with three or more occupants.
HOV Carpool Lanes in New York
NYC's high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes provide a faster option for drivers with passengers. HOV lanes make our roadways more efficient, incentivize people to carpool, and reduce traffic congestion and harmful emissions.
Access HOV lanes:
- Long Island Expressway HOV-3 Lane into Queens-Midtown Tunnel
- Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel HOV-3 Lane on Gowanus Expressway
- Queensboro Bridge Manhattan-Bound HOV-2 Lane