Carpool: Share your Commute
When you share a ride, you become part of the solution to reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality in the region. Carpooling not only benefits the environment and others, but directly benefits you! Sharing a ride helps you save time, money and reduce stress. Not only that, when you cruise with two or more* in a vehicle, you can ride in the US 36 Express Lanes for free!
*The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is converting the I-25 and US 36 Express Lanes from High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) 2 to HOV 3 beginning January 1, 2017. To ride in the Express Lanes in these corridors for free, you must have three individuals in a vehicle. Learn more.
How to Get Started
For those living and working in the Denver metro area, resources like MyWaytoGo.org can help you find registered users who are either part of an existing pool or are looking for a buddy such as yourself. When you register on MyWaytoGo.org, you become part of a regional database with over 10,000 users. To post your interest in carpooling, enter your starting location, ending location and the details for when you would want to meet. The site will then show you carpools and potential carpool buddies you can reach out to.
For those commuting from Northern Colorado, connect with your region’s carpooling matching service — SmartTrips.
You can also reach out to co-workers to see if there is a carpool match waiting for you at work!
–Ashley Mains, 2016
Rules of the Pool
Once you have your buddies lined up, it’s important to lay out the rules of carpooling. For example, you’ll want to know:
- How long will you wait on late arrivals?
- What happens if someone has to stay late at work?
- How will you track trips and payment?
- What days you’ll carpool. Will this be an everyday carpool, or just a few days a week?
- Who is responsible for driving, and on which days?
Establishing the rules of your carpool up front helps ensure that you and your new buddies will have a smooth ride together.
Switchable HOV Pass
Carpoolers who would like to travel for free in the US 36 Express Lanes are required to have an ExpressToll account and a Switchable HOV Pass (this device is also referred to as a transponder). To set up your account, simply visit ExpressToll’s website and create an account. Once your account is set up, the Switchable HOV Pass will be mailed to you in 3-5 business days.
There is currently a $15 fee associated with the Switchable HOV Pass, but upcoming changes will affect those who solely use this pass for HOV travel.
Incentives for New Carpoolers
36 Commuting Solutions is making it easier than ever to join or form a new carpool by offering solo drivers a $75 cash incentive to get started. Simply fill out a quick application and you’ll be on your way to a happier commute!
Need Another Buddy?
For those who are already carpooling but need a third person to continue cruising the US 36 Express Lanes for free, you can find additional carpoolers by using MyWaytoGo.org. Simply register your carpool to see if there is someone looking to join a pool along your route.
Contact us with any additional questions you may have about carpooling!