Carpooling was begun in the 1970s as an answer to higher gasoline prices and traffic congestion. Many people find carpooling a way to share the high costs of daily commuting.
Carpooling works in many areas of California. Statewide, car pool lanes carry an average 2,518 people per hour... up to twice the number of people per hour that use the congested regular lanes.
Some local air quality districts and local governments even pay people to ride share. For example, the Southern California Rideshare program offers car-poolers up to $2 a day to share their vehicles.
Local governments are using the Internet to connect you with potential rideshare partners. Check out the following links:
- eRideShare-dot-com (A free service for connecting commuters, or travelers going the same way.)
- Sacramento Area Rideshare
- San Diego Commute
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura Counties)
- ZimRide - a free carpool matching site