The special promotion offering free rides has been extended through May to encourage the benefits and convenience of carpooling.
Ridesharing passengers can travel free, while drivers can get reimbursed for fuel consumed on commutes to and from the Energy Corridor District during this unique promotion – thanks to a partnership between Waze Carpool and the District.
Through the app, riders can reimburse drivers for fuel used during the commute at $0.54/mile, per the IRS 2018 mileage standard. Now through May, that fuel tab will be paid for by Waze.
The idea behind the Waze Carpool app is to simplify ridesharing by automating the process – making it easier to find who’s on your commuting route, so you can offer a ride or request one.
Through the app, both riders and drivers choose carpool partners based on detailed profiles, star ratings from previous rides, number of mutual friends and customizable filters such as same gender and coworker. Commute routes are analyzed, finding matches based on closest start and end points, travel time and current traffic conditions.
Drivers can download the Waze app, while riders can download Waze Carpool app (both are available at www.waze.com/carpool).
Once drivers set up a carpool account on the Waze app, they can get matched with riders going to a nearby location. Passengers download the Waze Carpool app, create a profile and then start requesting rides.
“Once people try carpooling, they often find it makes their commute easier, less stressful and more affordable,” explains Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for The District. “Not only do carpoolers enjoy the convenience of HOV lanes, they share fuel costs and often get to enjoy the company of new friends or coworkers. Better still, carpooling can significantly reduce the amount of traffic congestion with the potential to reduce the need for costly highway infrastructure projects.”
The Waze-District promotion was designed to reward people for taking vehicles off our congested roadways, says Rector.