Carpooling is ideal for commuters with set or flexible work hours. Carpoolers usually divide costs and driving responsibilities. And here’s another great reason to share the ride — if you have two or more people traveling together at least three days a week, you get parking preference and other benefits.

Find friends & co-workers
already going your way!

The NEW regional Rideshare Planner shows matches from a database of 10,000+ area commuters on a Google map.

Ridematching is a free online service designed to bring people together who are interested in sharing their ride. When you register, you will get a list of people who live and work in your area. Your name and contact information will also be made available to others looking for to share a ride. Street numbers are kept strictly confidential and you decide whether you want to be contacted by phone or email.

You can save half or more on monthly parking costs by joining our Parking $mart program.


Vanpools are generally more organized than a carpool with all the same great benefits. Vanpools have at least five people traveling to work together at least three days per week.

Learn how to start a vanpool

Watch a video from Twin Cities
employers & vanpool users

Tips for sharing the ride

  1. Plan an initial meeting to discuss details
  2. Determine number of riders and drivers in the pool
  3. Plan your route plus an alternative
  4. Be on time
  5. Organize reimbursements for gas and parking
  6. Establish policies regarding: smoking, eating, drinking, etc.
  7. Determine a schedule for driving responsibilities
  8. Relax and enjoy the ride.

Guaranteed Ride Home

    All commuters who ride the bus, carpool, vanpool, bike or walk at least three days a week to work or school are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. That means a registered commuter is never without an immediate form of transportation in the case of an emergency.

    Registered commuters can request reimbursements four times per year or up to $100, whichever comes first, for eligible trips with valid documentation.

    Trips must be a part of your school or work commute. Acceptable uses include leaving work due to illness or having to pick up a sick child, having to work unexpected overtime, or if your regular carpool is not available to leave when needed. The program cannot be used for personal errands, appointments, business-related travel or non-emergency/personal trips.

    Register as an eligible commuter

Park & Ride lots

    Park your car or bike for free at one of the numerous metro lot locations then take the bus or rideshare. Some lots also have bike lockers available for storage.

    List of Park and Ride lots

Carpool and save even more by joining our Parking $mart program. We'll cut your cost in half or more. Learn more.
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