Ridesharing is better known as carpooling or vanpooling. Carpooling refers to two or more riders commuting together to and from work by car, while vanpooling includes five or more riders commuting together to and from work by van.

Ridesharing has several advantages over driving alone. For starters, it saves you money. The average cost of owning and operating a vehicle in Memphis is $11,043. Ridesharing reduces wear and tear on your personal vehicle and saves money on parking fees. Did you know the average Memphis driver wastes 43 hours each year in traffic? Ridesharing can save time when you use a designated HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane and bypass traffic congestion. And, as a passenger, you control how you use your drive-free time. You can get a head start on your workday by catching up on emails, news and events, relax, read, or connect with friends on social media. You’ve got options!

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, single-occupancy vehicles account for 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, so sharing the ride with others is an easy way to reduce air pollution. You can connect with friends or colleagues to create your own carpool or vanpool, or visit Memphis Area RideShare to connect with like-minded commuters in your area.