Would love to carpool but...

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Would love to carpool but...
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Fri, 07-19-2013 - 2:20pm

I'm so sick of my 50 minute commute (each way) to work every day. I know some people have ones that are even longer but the gas prices alone are eating me alive. I would love to be able to carpool with someone but I have no idea on where I would even start looking. I don't know any of my neighbors and as far as I know there's no bus service around my area.

Does anyone else carpool? How did you get started?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 5:08pm

Do you work in a large building?  I work for a state agency and it is in a building with 11 floors on it and 2 other state agencies.  They have a van pool system, but I think the same basic concept would apply.  They hang up an advertisement at the elevator doors on each floor and put the area of where a meeting point would be for the people commuting and what the work hours are so if people working the same basic hours coming from very similar areas all work there and want to commute, they can coordinate it.  I suppose you could try Craigs list, but I'd be a little more leary of that. 

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 1:17pm

Funny, I also had the idea of Craigslist but like Arryl said, I'd proceed with caution there. Smile I also googled " find local carpool" and found this site:

https://www.erideshare.com/

If it makes you feel any better, at least your commute doesn't look like this, oy!

http://www.ivillage.com/crazy-beijing-subway-rush-hour/4-a-542543

Lisa 

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 5:21pm

I used to drive about an hour each way to work, too. I was spending a lot on gas as well.

Out here in the Denver metro area we have a park-n-ride system, and I do know people that use that almost everyday. They park in a designated lot closer to their respective homes and then take public transportation the remainder of the way--is there anything like in your area? If so, you might be able to get a monthly pass and save on gas, with the overall expenditure being less than what you're currently spending. Plus, on the bus or train, you might have time to relax or read.

Otherwise, even if there's not a coworker in your neighborhood, maybe there's one on the way that could still contribute to your gas if you pick him or her up and bring him or her back home on your way home, too. Even halfway help would be some help.

Liz


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