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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

You don't have to choose a green transportation option every day to make an important difference. Start out trying it one or to two days a week and go from there. iShareARide is FREE. Every shared vehicle trip or bicycling or walking trip benefits both you and our community. For example:

  • Save money
  • Lower stress,
  • Reduce traffic, pollution, and global warming
  • Gain useable time when you ride to read, sleep, work, and talk

Getting Started
Who rideshares?
Security and Privacy
What is the difference between a vanpool/carpool/rideshare?

Getting Started
New user? Register for FREE ›
It's as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Create a new account by providing your name, email address, and some basic profile information.
  2. Provide your address and commute preference information.
  3. Connect with rideshare matches and commute services specific to your commutes.

Who rideshares?
Any individual looking to share a ride to or within Washtenaw County.

Security and Privacy
As part of the registration process, you will be asked to create an account. You control the personal information that is shown to other travelers, so you know your information is secure. With a click of your mouse you can contact your preferred matches instantly via email to discuss your needs and expectations.

iShareARide is also secured via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt data being transmitted over the Internet in order to protect your password and other personal information.

What is the difference between a vanpool/carpool/rideshare?
A carpool is simply two or more people agreeing to make a trip sharing one vehicle, often a regular car. A carpool can be informal or formal, check with your employer to see if they offer a formal carpool program.

  • One person can drive, while passengers contribute for gas and parking.
  • Participants can alternate driving and not exchange money.
  • Passengers could be picked up at their homes, or meet at a central location like a park and ride lot.
  • The carpool partners make up the rules and determine the schedule.

A vanpool is basically a carpool of lots of people, often with ridership minimums, with similar travel patterns who ride to work together. Mini-vans are given to the group on a monthly basis as vehicles to be used for vanpooling. This is a formal arrangement.

  • Commuters share and drive the provided van.
  • Riders pay a monthly fee.
  • TheRide supplies a fully insured passenger van.
  • The primary driver, in most instances, can ride for free.

Ridesharing is another term for two or more people traveling together in one vehicle. It can be used interchangeably with carpooling and can also include vanpooling.

More questions? Please contact Gail Contrucci at TheRide via gcontrucci@theride.org or 734-794-1760