New Rideshare Web site makes carpool matching easier for Idahoans
BOISE - More than 1,230 Idahoans take advantage of Idaho's free rideshare program - RideshareOnline.com. Recently, the ride-matching experience just got better, thanks to the launch of a new Web site.
Both individuals seeking ride matches and organizations managing regional or internal employee programs will be better able to personalize, track and manage their Rideshare matches.
"The new Web site is a significant improvement to what existed previously," said Randy Kyrias, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Division of Public Transportation administrator. "There are a number of expanded ridesharing features and the new School Pool and Bike Buddy features offer matching opportunities outside of the regular commuter demographic."
New site features include:
- Bike Buddies, ride-matching for cyclists looking to ride to work or ride the trails on the weekends
- School Pool, carpool matching tool for parents looking for carpool matches to get their kids to and from school
- Home page personalization and branding
- Dynamic (same day), one-way, one-time, and long distance ride-matching
- Event planning with improved capabilities for single event and dynamic ride-matching to help minimize the travel hassles of commuting to large and small events like sports events, concerts, conferences or weddings
- Map-based origin/destination and along-the-route matching
- Ability for organizations to create, promote and administer their own commute incentive management programs entirely within the site
- Greater self service features for vanpool formation and ease of administration
Idaho's Rideshare program license was purchased in 2008 by ITD. Previously, the program was only available in Ada and Blaine counties.
"ITD purchased the statewide license in order to provide more Idahoans additional transportation options," Kyrias said. "Ridesharing is just as relevant for people living in rural areas driving to and from work, school and other activities as it is to those living in more populated areas of the state. Everyone is concerned about gas prices, other costs associated with vehicle maintenance and traffic congestion. Ridesharing is a simple solution to all of those things."
Commuters and organizations interested in learning more about Idaho's Rideshare program can contact Brian Shea at Brian.Shea@itd.idaho.gov or at (800) 527-7985.