Nowadays, getting to work is work in itself. Congestion has become an inescapable part of the American commute, and rush hour is getting worse nationwide.* Yet 80% of Americans still drive to work alone because it’s their best option.** Until today.
Introducing Lyft Carpool, a new service that turns commuting into a more affordable, efficient experience for everyone. Lyft Carpool launches first in the Bay Area, in partnership with the MTC’s 511 Rideshare program, and will expand into new cities over time.
"The unused seats in most drivers’ cars represent the biggest untapped source of transit capacity in the Bay Area,” explains Melanie Crotty, MTC’s Director of Operations. “We see the partnership with Lyft as a great way to harness both technology and brand identity to put that capacity to work.”
How to make your commute work for you
Lyft Carpool drivers earn up to $10 per trip, and up to $400 a month, all from their daily drive. As a Carpool driver, you’ll pick up one rider along your commute, join the carpool lane, and still get to work on time. You choose to drive whenever works for you. There’s no commitment. Whether you commute to SF or in cities across the country, sign up to drive and learn more.
Don’t drive to work? Ride with Carpool for $4-10
Solo commuters can now get affordable, nonstop rides without needing to drive. To ride, just tell the app when you want to arrive at work. It’ll match you with a Lyft Carpool driver who shares your commute route. Prices range from $4-10, and make Carpool a viable option for daily use.
Lyft Carpool seamlessly manages each trip, so both drivers and riders enjoy the ride. Beyond coordinating matching and sending trip reminders, Carpool provides two-way ratings, and secure messaging.
Lyft Carpool represents a revolution in casual carpooling
The commute is the time of day when the most people are on the road, and traffic is at its worst. Within cities, Lyft Line has made sharing your commute affordable, convenient, and efficient. Outside cities, most people still rely on driving their own cars to get to and from work. By solving the longer commute, we can make huge inroads in transforming transportation.
Increases in transportation efficiency could save the estimated $533 billion needed to expand roads to relieve severe congestion in U.S. cities.
Now active in San Francisco, Lyft Carpool will expand as the Lyft Carpool driver community grows. Sign up to drive.
* Pinsker, J. (2015, August 26). Yes, Rush-Hour Traffic Is Getting Worse. The Atlantic. Retrieved March, 2016, from http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/08/rush-hour-traffic-commute/402418
** Garofalo, P. (2013, March 5). Nearly 80 Percent of Workers Drive To Work Alone. Retrieved March, 2016, from http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/03/05/1676351/workers-drive-work-alone