Rideshare & Rentals
Sharing a ride, or carpooling, is a great way to save money on your commute and reduce traffic congestion. Sharing the ride with just one other person can reduce your commuting costs by 50%. There are a number of ride-sharing options available to the GVSU community.
GVSU Enterprise CarShare Rental
Car sharing allows students, faculty and staff to rent a vehicle by the hour, providing a transportation option for those who do not have a vehicle on campus. GVSU Enterprise CarShare is available on the Allendale Campus.
Faculty/staff, let our system match you up with other commuters to share the ride! Find carpooling partners by searching for other faculty/staff members at GVSU who live near you and have similar commute schedules. Click here to access the carpool finder.
West Michigan Ride-Share
The GVSU module for GreenRide is back! Carpooling services administered by the Rapid. GreenRide is available to any member of the West Michigan Community, but GVSU now provides an "employer module" to search within the GVSU carpool listings. Available for student and employee use.
RapidVan Vanpooling offers a shared ride to work for groups of at least four people with similar commuting patterns. The Rapid provides a vehicle, maintenance, insurance, 24-hour emergency roadside service, carwashes, and fuel. All costs of driving the van are included in the price. The more passengers enrolled in a vanpool, the lower the cost per person. For more information, visit the RapidVan website.
10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Carpooling:
Get Acquainted - Contact the Commuters on Your Match List
Call and ask to meet your potential carpool partners in a public place to discuss the details of the rideshare arrangement, or decide whether or not you would feel comfortable sharing a ride.
Exchange Important Information
Share emergency contact information of all parties before starting the carpool.
Decide on a Schedule for Driving Responsibilities
Determine who is going to drive and on what days. It may be a good idea to put the schedule in writing and provide a copy to all carpool members
Determine How Driving Expenses Will Be Reimbursed
If the responsibility of driving is not going to be shared, determine how costs will be shared and agree on payment dates.
Plan Ahead - Determine Your Route and Schedule
Designate places to meet for both morning and after-work/school pick-ups.
Be on Time
Establish a time limit for how long to wait if a member of the carpool is late, and develop a procedure if you are going to be late or will not be going to work.
Establish a Back Up Plan
If the driver will not be going to work on his or her designated day, decide on an alternate driver so that the carpool will not be interrupted.
Keep the Vehicle Well-Serviced and Drive Safely
Drivers should keep their vehicles clean and comfortable and maintain a safe speed.
Set Ground Rules
Carpoolers should discuss whether smoking, eating and/or drinking will be allowed. Also determine what types of music are acceptable.
If you lose a member of your carpool, use our Ride-Matching tool for help in finding a replacement. Together we can save money, time, and the environment while reducing traffic congestion.
Need a parking permit for a car you are bringing to campus? Click here to purchase one!
Page last modified September 23, 2013