Miami Valley RIDESHARE

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission sponsors the local RIDESHARE Program which is available for FREE to anyone who lives, works or attends college in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Preble, Darke and Clinton Counties. When you register for RIDESHARE, the matching software will try to link you with others who live near you and work/attend college near you too. You'll receive a match list of people who have similar schedules and destinations. You can call them and make arrangements to form a carpool or vanpool. You can sign up for Miami Valley RIDESHARE or update your record online. 

The matching software offers three (3) commuting options: Carpooling, Vanpooling and Biking together (Pedal Pals)

Carpooling – it has many benefits:

  • Save money by sharing the ride with one other person, you can cut your commuting costs in half.
  • Reduce wear on your personal vehicle. Use the Commute Calculator to determine your current cost of commuting.
  • Lower your stress by sleeping, reading or relaxing while riding as a passenger. You can determine a schedule and share driving responsibilities accordingly.
  • Meet new people and make new friends with your carpool companions.
  • Reduce traffic congestion since fewer vehicles on the road means a free-flowing commute.
  • Improve the environment since fewer vehicle emissions means cleaner air.

Vanpooling – benefits a larger group:

If you have a long commute (over 25 miles one-way), you and a group of up to 14 people may be interested in leasing a van on a monthly basis. There's a place on the RIDESHARE application to indicate your interest in vanpooling.

The monthly vehicle lease rate is based on the size of the vehicle, number of people riding in the van and the average monthly mileage. The monthly lease rate is divided among the passengers and each pays the same amount each month.

Pedal Pals - cycling together:

If you are interested in biking to work with others, there's a place on the RIDESHARE application where you can indicate that also.

To join any of those programs, just fill out the RIDESHARE application online. Or, call 223-SAVE or 1-800-743-SAVE to talk to a RIDESHARE representative.
 


Guaranteed Ride Home Program

If you register for RIDESHARE, you are automatically eligible for the free Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program. This program provides ridesharers with a guaranteed ride in case of an emergency. GRH reimburses registered participants 80% of the cost of a taxicab ride (up to four times in a 12-month period). You can use GRH if:

  • You or a member of your family becomes ill;
  • You unexpectedly must work past your normal quitting time;
  • Your regular carpool/vanpool driver has to leave early.

Download the GRH reimbursement form

Ten Tips for Successful Ridesharing

  1. Meet with your future "poolers" before the trips.
  2. Determine morning/evening pickup points, route and time schedule.
  3. Establish a "driver schedule" which identities who drives and when.
  4. Agree on smoking, eating, drinking and music policies.
  5. Be on time. Decide, as a group, how long the driver is to wait.
  6. Establish a chain of communication to notify each other in case of illness or other changes.
  7. If a member of the group doesn't drive, determine a method for reimbursing driving expenses.
  8. Be courteous. Don't blow your horn repeatedly for your passengers and passengers, be ready to go.
  9. Remember, conversation isn't always necessary. Some prefer to sleep or work during the ride.
  10.  Contact RIDESHARE if you need another pooler to receive an updated list.