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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
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Who can register for ridesharing?
Wisconsin commuters who want to check out their work commuting options can register to find matches for ridesharing services. Commuters who are interested in travel into or out of the state or for occasional trips are also welcome to register. As the database grows, your matching opportunities will increase.
How does Rideshare Etc. Online work?
When you provide your origin, destination, and work times, the computer software scans the database for others making the same commute within a selected radius. The results of the scan provide a match report with contact information. The report is also print ready. Your information will be provided to other matching commuters if you maintain your registration in the database.
What is my commitment when I register with Rideshare Etc., Online?
Registering and receiving a match report doesn't obligate you to participate but gives you the information so you can select the options you prefer. You may remove your information at any time.
What if I'm not sure about carpooling with a stranger?
Contact your carpool match by phone or email. Then meet in a neutral location to discuss arrangements. Feel free to bring a friend for support. If you're still uncomfortable, then simply decline the offer.
What is a carpool vs. a vanpool?
A carpool is two or more commuters in their own vehicles, often exchanging driving responsibilities. Carpools are most successful when flexible. A vanpool is a state-owned or business-owned 8-12 passenger van with a designated driver and coordinator. Vanpools run on a fixed route/time schedule established by the occupants in the van.
How is my personal information used when I register?
Rideshare Etc Online uses your home address and work address to scan for matches. Your home street address and phone number will not appear on another person's match report. You will, however, need to provide work phone, cell phone number, or email address so future matches can contact you. The information you provide is used exclusively for the purpose of assisting registrants to find better ways to commute and is not distributed or sold for any other purposes. All data transmission over the Internet of sensitive data is encrypted and secure.
What if I need to leave work quickly due to an emergency and I don't have my vehicle at work? Or if I drove, how will my carpool buddies get home?
You may be able to take advantage of Guaranteed Ride Home programs that provide alternate transportation if you are at work when an emergency arises for you or your carpool buddies. For more information contact either partner under "Contact Us".
Is there a charge for this service or to join a carpool or vanpool?
There is no charge to receive a match report. How much you pay/charge when you join/form a rideshare arrangement depends on the circumstances of the participants. Discuss expenses and reach an agreement with all involved.
What if my matches aren't convenient?
You may want to re-run your search by changing your preferences or with a variety of home and work radius'. If you aren't satisfied with your results contact us for an advanced match.
If I commute by bike, can I be matched to other bikers?
Yes, you can. On the registration page you will be asked to rate your experience as either an accomplished or novice biker. Then you choose if you would like to be matched with either an accomplished or novice bike buddy. Bike trails will appear on match maps in some areas. Your Welcome Page will give web site links to area bike trail maps.
Can I track my environmental savings from changing my mode of transportation?
After submitting your registration, your personal Welcome Page comes up. Click on Track your Commute to record your commute. Use the Mobile Commute Reporting link to register to receive a daily message to easily record your commutes through your smart phone or email account. After recording your commutes, go to Track your Commute to run a monthly report showing your environmental and financial savings.
Can I log in to Rideshare Etc with my Facebook account?
Yes - after you have registered in Rideshare Etc online you can link your profile to your Facebook profile. Once you do so, you can log in with Facebook. When you navigate to your commuter matches that also have a Facebook page you can see more about your potential carpool match candidates who have also linked their profiles to their Facebook accounts.