The Rideshare Program
The Rideshare Program was created to connect commuting residents in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, protect our environment, and reduce traffic congestion.
Hinesburg Rides is teaming up with the Go Vermont program and their rideshare database.
Go Vermont is a free resource for travelers who want to reduce the cost and environmental impact of driving. Throughout this site, www.ConnectingCommuters.org, you will find information about the different ways you can get around the state, post rides for carpooling, start a vanpool, find park and ride locations and bus companies, as well as general travel conditions and ways of saving money.
Please register at www.ConnectingCommuters.org or call 800-685-RIDE.
By registering at this site, more opportunities for carpooling will be available. If you share a ride two days per week or more you are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home benefit. It pays up to $70 to get you home in case of an unexpected change of plans. (See below)
Looking forward, we are focusing on ways to overcome barriers to traditional carpooling. These include “casual carpooling” where groups meet at designated times and places to carpool with whoever shows up; “spontaneous carpooling” which is like hitch-hiking but with innovative ways to overcome safety and security concerns; and creative use of technology such as social networking, smart phones,
For more information, contact Ed Sengle at
482-3917 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discuss some key questions with those in your group.
How do we figure the cost of the trip or carpool group?
One of our most frequently-asked questions about carpooling is how much should passengers pay. If commuters rotate the driving equally, money doesn't have to change hands, but if only one person drives, passengers generally chip in to cover the costs of gas and parking. The average cost of operating a car is $0.50 per mile, which is a fixed cost to the owner of a car whenever you drive anywhere. We recommend that drivers charge for a percentage of operating cost, such as $0.10 per mile, and then split the gas costs. As an example, If 2 people shared a 20 mile trip and your car gets 20 mpg at $2.70/gallon, then the cost for the rider would be $2.35 (includes $0.10 per mile). Additional costs such as tolls or parking, will need to be considered. Each carpooling group should talk about cost and clarify all the details.
Park and Ride in Hinesburg Vermont
The Hinesburg Park and Ride is located behind Town Hall in Hinesburg and is accessible off of Charlotte Road. It is open to the public (not just Hinesburg residences) all day, every day.
The park n' ride lot has 20 parking spaces, including one handicapped space, and is paved and lighted. Its construction was funded by the state of Vermont, but it is owned and maintained, including snow plowing, by the Town of Hinesburg. It is not intended for long term parking, but overnight stays are allowed. It is an official VTRANS park and ride site and is listed along with all other Vermont park and ride sites at (www.aot.state.vt.us/parknride/StatewideLots.htm).
There is no fee for using the lot, and there is no attendant. The lot is considered very safe as there is regular traffic in and out of the town hall building during the day and into the evening. However, it is recommended that any vehicle left there be locked.
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Guaranteed Ride Home Benefit
The following program is managed by GoVermont and the www.connectingcommuters.org website. To register for the program please follow the guidelines.
Knowing that even the best-laid plans can change unexpectedly, Go Vermont created Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH), a benefit for registered carpoolers who rideshare at least two days per week. If you face an unforeseen change of plans such as a work-related or family emergency that prevents you from traveling via your carpool, GRH reimburses travel fees up to $70. You are entitled to use this benefit up to six times each year, but not more than twice in a single month.
Once your carpool is established, each member must register with Go Vermont to qualify for the Guaranteed Ride Home benefit.
To register your carpool with GoVermont, click here.
Here’s how it works:
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