How Carpooling Works
Carpooling occurs any time two or more people ride in a vehicle together. Anyone can share a ride — neighbors, classmates, coworkers or even someone you have just met. Some carpoolers take turns driving and exchange no money at all. Others drive all the time and pick up riders who share the costs of commuting.
If you are interested in trying or joining a carpool, the RideShare program can help you find other people going the same way at the same time or introduce you to possible vanpools that operate in your area.
- Learn more about how to get started carpooling
- Review carpool tips to get the most out of your rideshare arrangement
- Learn more about how to get started vanpooling
The benefits of carpooling are many, but some that are most often reported include:
- Savings — in some cases dramatic — on commute costs
- Less wear and tear on your vehicle
- Less stressful commute/less driving
- Reducing traffic congestion and fuel consumption
- Helping to keep the air clean
- Unexpected benefits like making new friends and keeping more consistent work hours
How to Register and Find Carpool Matches
Register with RideShare by calling 816/842-RIDE or by creating a personal account through our RideShare Connection online matching service. Once registered, there is no obligation to form or join a carpool or a vanpool. Using RideShare Connection, you can:
- Create a password-protected account
- Enter and manage your carpool preferences
- Get instant matches with other commuters who want to form or join carpools
- Send instant e-mail messages to your matches
- Access your account at any time to update your profile or search for more matches
Carpooling can save commuters hundreds or thousands of dollars per year. Find out how much you spend to drive alone.
Zipcar is a car-sharing service located at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst University, providing a pool of vehicles that members can reserve on an hourly or daily basis. Zipcar is open to students, faculty and staff of those universities, and the general public.