Rideshare

Benefits of Carpooling or Vanpooling

Yale commuters who share the ride to work can:

Looking for a carpool or vanpool partner?

The university has partnered with CTrides to help Yale community members find each other through the CTrides Commuter Rewards platform. Find members who live and work less than two miles from you. 

Participation Requirements

  • All members of a carpool will commit to carpooling for their commute every day with the exception of the days they use their free one-day permits.
  • Regular full-time and part-time Yale employees, who receive a Yale paycheck are eligible for participation in the carpool benefit. Casual Employees are NOT eligible for this benefit.
  • Carpools must make directional sense. You must live outside of the Yale Shuttle boundary (white area on the map) to be eligible for discounted parking.

Procedure

  • Determine if you’re eligible
  • Fill out either a 2-person or 3+ person rideshare webform online to register a carpool with Yale’s Parking Office.
  • You will be contacted within 5 business days after receipt of your application. It may take up to a month for the resulting payroll deduction change to be reflected in your paycheck.

Rates

The carpool parking discount is based on the number of passengers in the vehicle. Two people save 50% each, three people save 67% each, etc. View available carpool rates. PLUS, each carpool receives six free one-day parking permits per month to use on days when carpooling isn’t possible. The primary carpooler receives unlimited garage access, each additional carpooler receives their free stays loaded on an access card or ID.

Lots

Carpools are allowed within Yale owned lots and garages only.  All carpool applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis and lot assignments will be determined by the parking office.  Every effort will be made to assign you to the lot of your preference. 

Cancellation

Should any member of a carpool cancel their participation, it is the responsibility of each remaining member to contact the Parking Office to cancel their carpool or provide the information of replacement member(s). Any member(s) who fail to do this will be responsible for back payment of the full cost of their parking permit(s).

Try it! Make the commitment as long as it works for you. You may terminate the carpool at any time and every effort will be made to assign you to the lot of your preference. Remember, you will return to paying full price for your annual parking permit once your carpool is terminated.

Vanpool      

Vanpools with three or more Yale employees park for FREE on campus. Vanpooling is a cost effective alternative for your daily commute, since vanpool members share the cost of the commute. You can enjoy the convenience of sharing a ride to work with others.

If you can’t vanpool everyday, don’t worry! You will receive six free one-day parking stays per van per month for those days when sharing the ride isn’t possible. In emergencies, you can take advantage of our FREE Guaranteed Ride Home program. Enroll in Yale’s Online Commuter Benefits program to pay for your vanpooling expenses with tax-free dollars.

Find a vanpool here (or propose a new one). If you do not see a convenient origin/destination pairing listed, please contact vRide at 1-800-VAN RIDE (826-7433).

You can ride most vanpools on a full-time or occasional basis, whichever fits your schedule. Full-time passengers have reserved seats and ride on a month-to-month basis. Occasional passengers ride on a space-available basis and pay a set fee per trip. And if you’re the driver, you get free use of the van after-hours! 

Procedure

  • Fill out a 3+ person rideshare webform online to register a vanpool with Yale’s Transportation Options Office.
  • You will be contacted within 5 business days after receipt of your application. It may take up to a month for the resulting payroll deduction change to be reflected in your paycheck.

Learn more about how it works and benefits of vanpooling.