Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes
Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes
Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes
Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit? Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?
Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?
Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?
Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing
Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing
Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing
Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going
Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going
Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going
A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region’s latest carpool option A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region’s latest carpool option
A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region's latest carpool option
A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region’s latest carpool option

What does carpooling in the 2010s look like?

Once a major option for commuters, carpooling has fallen from its heights in the 1970s. While only about 10 percent of Americans take it today, down from a 20 percent peak, that doesn’t mean it makes any less sense.

Today, new apps are looking to make it easier to connect people interested in carpooling, and the growing popularity of ride-hailing apps offers encouraging signs.

But, the challenge is not the technology: the challenge is human behavior. In order to change the way Americans think about carpooling, services will have to identify and address the key barriers to large-scale change. More information.

Popular Carpooling Stories

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Carpooling's popularity has fallen in the last three decades, but that doesn't mean it's not easier than ever to try it.

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New carpooling app RideFlag looks to establish itself as ``on-demand carpooling.``

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Recent Carpooling News

Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes

Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes


August 21, 2017    Paul Mackie

The Switch, Part 1 – Mobility Lab’s video series on how everyday Americans can rethink their transportation options. Teachers who rideshare, or “carpool,” get to wave at the other commuters stuck in traffic as they breeze past in the HOV lanes. And that’s not all. Once teachers get to school – in the case of… Read more »

Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?

Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?


August 9, 2017    Ethan Goffman

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on Via, a ride-hailing carpool-like service that has recently launched in Washington D.C. (Part 2 is here.) Buses cheaply transport masses of people but are slow and inconvenient. They make numerous stops, yet are still difficult for some to access. Uber and Lyft solve these problems, but… Read more »

Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing

Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing


August 24, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

While the D.C. region benefits from a diverse set of transportation options, there are unique situations where cars become necessary for those who don’t normally need them. With the rise of the sharing economy, there are now ways for residents to find more efficient ways to take the occasional trip by car. At the August… Read more »

Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going


January 7, 2016    Paul Mackie

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family.[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITY” title_color=’fff” header_color=”369″]Many policies and programs could do better at incentivizing the safe and tech-friendly practice of carpooling.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had… Read more »

A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region’s latest carpool option

A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region’s latest carpool option


November 30, 2015    Brendan Casey

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. [quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Like Split and uberPOOL, Lyft Line puts a discounted, app-based carpool option at the fingertips of D.C.-area commuters.[/feature_box][/quote_right]I was pretty excited to learn that Lyft was expanding its carpool service, Lyft Line, to the Washington D.C. region and opted to give… Read more »

Trying out uberPOOL in the D.C. region

Trying out uberPOOL in the D.C. region


November 19, 2015    Jonathan Bollhoefer

This article originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. This week, Lyft Line, a similar on-demand carpool service from Lyft, also launches in the Washington, D.C., area. [quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTIONS OPPORTUNITY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]uberPOOL is the newest addition to the D.C. region’s transportation options and has potential to actually help reduce congestion. However, the system will need a… Read more »

Carsharing growing around the world with more user-friendly options

Carsharing growing around the world with more user-friendly options


September 28, 2015    Paul Mackie

[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Leaders can reach green initiatives and improve traffic if they find ways to promote how carsharing services are becoming more attractive.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Carsharing, which is projected in a new report to grow globally by about sixfold by 2024, is beginning to look like a reliable transportation option in places like the Washington… Read more »

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together


June 18, 2015    Amy Eagleburger

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Use tech to build demand for carpool networks, as a way to alleviate traffic congestion and save commuters money.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Commuters who regularly endure traffic jams and long travel times to work sometimes consider carpooling as an alternative, but it’s not always simple to find people to share a ride. A new… Read more »

Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners

Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners


May 28, 2015    Maggie Awad

Cars work best for society when there’s more than one person using them, which is why we like when organizations such as Carma and Ridescout find ways to get people excited about carpooling and carsharing. I mean, who wouldn’t love cat cafes and origami owls? But seriously, aside from all the people you could be… Read more »

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.


May 22, 2015    Jonathan Bollhoefer

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Options that combine ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and tech-enabled ridesharing could serve consumers who desire sustainability and more affordability.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple… Read more »

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now


May 19, 2015    Chris Hamilton

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Opening data to the public is low-hanging fruit for transportation agencies to do their role in alleviating the country’s over-stressed road and transit infrastructure.[/feature_box][/quote_right] An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart… Read more »

SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements


March 17, 2015    Lisa Nisenson

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]An affordable way for cities to make improvements is to convene transportation enthusiasts.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is… Read more »