Get There Oregon
Get There Oregon is your secure, easy-to-use online ride-matching tool that matches you with people going your way for work and play. Earn gift cards through Commute Options’ incentive program by logging into Get There Oregon and tracking your trip! Sign up today! Visit Get There!
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New online carpooling tool launches in Oregon
“Get There” gives Oregonians a way to match with a carpool partner and plan trips, reducing the need to drive alone
Bend, Ore. – A new tool to help match carpool partners who want to share the ride is available to residents of Central Oregon. Get There, a new web-based tool that matches drivers with riders and can help people plan trips by transit, walking, and bicycling, is replacing Drive Less Connect, the state’s former carpool matching tool.
By typing in a starting point and destination, users are matched with either a passenger or a driver looking to share a ride. Using Get There helps travelers share the cost of transportation, and also reduces greenhouse gas emissions that harm the environment by eliminating the need to drive alone.
“Our goal is to help people have more choices for the way they travel,” said ODOT Highway Division Administrator Kris Strickler. “With more options, we usually see fewer vehicles on the road – and that means less congestion and frustration for everyone.” Commute Options will be using Get There to track trips made by walking, biking, carpooling, teleworking, and riding the bus for the Commute Options Partner Rewards program. Existing users have been transferred to Get There, and just need to update their password to continue logging trips.
“We are proud to offer the latest technology for trip tracking to our Commute Options Partner businesses. The Commute Tracker App allows for passive trip tracking, which is really easy to do,” says Kim Curley, Community Outreach coordinator with Commute Options.
In October, Get There will host the annual Get There Challenge, formerly the Oregon Drive Less Challenge. This year’s challenge will feature a range of prizes for people who live or work in Oregon to log trips made without driving alone. Sponsors include Providence Health & Services and Bike Friday. The Get There Challenge begins on October 5, 2020.
About Commute Options promotes choices that reduce the impacts of driving alone. For more information, contact Executive Director, Brian Potwin at 541-668-6138.
Is carpooling safe? / is ridematching safe?
- Safety concerns shouldn’t keep people from seriously considering carpools, while these concerns shouldn’t be dismissed, they also shouldn’t stand in the way of saving some money, reducing carbon emissions, and making your commute more relaxing. We recommend communicating by email with a potential carpool partner and once you feel comfortable, meet in a public place for a trial run. You can also check out Facebook or LinkedIn profiles, if they’re public, to get a sense of who you might be spending your commute with.
What is a carpool?
- A carpool is simple. It’s an arrangement between two or more people to make a regular journey in a single car, typically with each person taking turns to drive the others. However, other carpools have just one driver who drives each commute. There are no hard and fast rules – it’s up to the individual circumstances of those in your carpool. A good rule of thumb is to discuss and agree upon the cost-sharing arrangements beforehand. Determine what the driving arrangements will be, if there is an equal split in driving responsibilities, and the cost-sharing arrangements.
Where will the pick-ups be?
- Sometimes the driver will pick up passengers right at their homes; but oftentimes commuters will meet up at a predetermined location, like a “Park and Ride” or another convenient parking lot.