Ridesharing is great way for employees to get to work reliably and to reduce the number of cars on the road (and in your business parking lot!).

The free Commuter Connections Ridematching service enables commuters to find other individuals who share similar commute routes and work hours with the possibility of starting or joining a carpool or vanpool. There are also great financial savings with the 'Pool Rewards program and co-commuters may use the free Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Employers can build a great ridesharing program in a number of ways:

-Establish preferential parking in a desirable location for employees who drive together and, if parking is not free, offer a discount for employees who carpool or vanpool. 

-Host on-site ridematching events or tailored communications to help facilitate ridematching within your employee base.

-Allow pre-tax payments of vanpool fares and, if possible, offer a subsidy to help defray the cost.  Employers who subsidize vanpool costs for their employees may be eligible to claim 50% of the cost back (up to $100/employee/month) with the MD Commuter Tax Credit.

Want to start a vanpool or carpool program for your employees? Check out the MD Commuter Choice Vanpool Toolkit to learn more and contact RideSmart Commuter Solutions to get started at info.pgcridesmartsolutions@co.pg.md.us or 301-883-5656.