WHAT IS THE MEASURE C CARPOOL PROGRAM?

Save Our Air, Save On Gas, WIN PRIZES! You could win monthly cash prizes for carpooling, while qualifying for our annual grand prize drawings.

Developed to provide ride-sharing incentives to commuters, the Measure C Carpool Incentive Program is a win-win for the environment and commuters, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gasses, and giving people the opportunity to win monthly cash and prizes simply by registering and submitting commute logs.

Commuters who share rides with at least one other person two or more times during a week are eligible to submit their commute log and be entered into both monthly and year-end grand prize drawings. In 2018, the program logged nearly 14,000 miles with 1,378 participants, and over 11,572 carpool logs submitted.

HOW TO GET A CARPOOL ROLLING:

First, register with the Valleyrides.com carpool database to receive a free, computerized matchlist of other commuters you may be able to carpool with. The list you receive will have the names and emails/phone numbers of people who live by you, work by you, and have a similar schedule. Next, email or call the people on your list to talk about setting up a carpool. You might meet over coffee or a lunch break to work out the details. We provide you with an extensive list of questions to ask.

Each carpool is as individual as its carpoolers. You decide how you want your group to operate.

CARPOOLING WITHOUT A CAR?

It’s done all the time. If you don’t have a car, just find a driver or carpool group that will let you chip in your share of gas and maintenance costs in exchange for a ride. Many people have vehicles but need someone to split expenses with them.

WHAT ABOUT EMERGENCIES?

At one time or another, almost everyone has to leave work early due to an unexpected emergency. Your company may have or want to develop an Emergency Ride Home program to deal with this situation. Some employers keep vehicles available or offer a rental car or a taxi. You might be able to catch a ride with another employee leaving at a similar time. You should always be aware of your options in case of a family emergency or unexpected overtime.

If you are in a vanpool that is registered with the Measure C Vanpool Program, an Emergency Ride Home Program is already available to you. Check with the company you lease your van from to make sure they are registered with the program. More information on it is available at this link.

The San Joaquin Valley is a great place to live. It is close to a variety of recreational and cultural sites, and the cost of living is very reasonable. This community is ideal until its air quality is evaluated. Our community recognizes air quality as one of the region’s biggest problems. Many businesses and organizations are responding to the need to improve air quality by actively encouraging employees to seek alternatives to driving alone. In turn, businesses benefit from fewer sick days being taken by employees and lower health care costs.

A great alternative to driving alone, even just one day a week.

Find a carpool partner and save big by splitting costs. One less car on the road means less pollution, which is good for your health and our environment. Put fewer miles on your car, therefore reducing maintenance and fuel costs. Some companies even have free carpool parking spaces or reserve the spaces closest to the building for ridesharers.

Visit ValleyRides.com

Measure C has continued to strive to improve our county’s transportation needs. We have come a long way, and with your help, Fresno County can reach unprecedented levels of truly becoming an eco-friendly and commuter-friendly area.

SAVE OUR AIR, SAVE ON GAS, WIN CASH!

You could win one of the monthly cash prizes for carpooling! The Measure C Carpool Incentive Program is available to anyone who carpools or vanpools in or around Fresno County. Plus, each carpool log you submit also qualifies an entry for the annual Grand Prize Drawings held in July of each year. The more commute logs you submit, the more entries you have in the drawings to win cash, prizes and travel packages!

How do I sign up? Visit ValleyRides.com for more information!

 

Ready to get started?  Ready to win? Tell us when you carpooled

Measure C Carpool Grand Prize Winners Listing:

Measure C Grand Prize Winners – 2016 (as of September 22, 2016)

HOW TO GET A CARPOOL ROLLING:

First, register with the Valleyrides.com carpool database to receive a free, computerized matchlist of other commuters you may be able to carpool with. The list you receive will have the names and emails/phone numbers of people who live by you, work by you, and have a similar schedule. Next, email or call the people on your list to talk about setting up a carpool. You might meet over coffee or a lunch break to work out the details. We provide you with an extensive list of questions to ask. Each carpool is as individual as its carpoolers. You decide how you want your group to operate.

Introductory Meeting:
Meet with your fellow carpooler(s) before the first trip to talk about schedules, personal preferences and costs.

Locations:
Select pick-up and drop-off locations that are easily accessible and safe.

Policies:
Set policies on issues such as the following:

Will there be smoking allowed?
What radio station should we listen to, if any?
Will there be eating and drinking allowed in the car?

Driving Schedules: 
Decide if you and your carpooling partner(s) will alternate the driving responsibility and if so, what schedule you will use: daily, weekly, monthly?

Sharing Expenses: 
Determine what expenses will be included, how they will be divided and when they will be paid. Oftentimes, with a large group of carpoolers the driver gets a reduced rate or rides free.

What are you really paying?
Click here to visit AAA Your Driving Costs Brochure.

Punctuality:
Decide in advance how long the driver will wait if someone is running late.

Cancellation:
Establish the proper procedure for notifying your carpooling partner(s). Then, when you are unable to carpool on a scheduled day you will have a procedure to follow.

Courtesy: 
Do not honk for your passengers in the morning or make unscheduled stops for personal errands.

Car Maintenance:
Make sure your car is kept in proper and safe operating condition.

Traffic Laws: 
Drive safely, defensively and wear your seat belts. Remember- don’t text and drive!

SAVE OUR AIR, SAVE ON GAS, WIN CASH!

You could win a monthly $1,000 cash prize for carpooling at least twice a week with at least one other person to work or school! Each eligible entry also qualifies participants for the annual Grand Prize Drawings, that will be held each July to give away fabulous prize packages!

Caltrans provides park-and-ride facilities within Fresno County. Each site offers secure parking in a well-lit environment. You may chose to meet your carpool partners at one of these locations: (click here for map)

Lot #
County
Route
Post Mile
Facility Name
Description
Parking
Spaces
1 Fresno 168 T32.8 Lodge Road At the T intersection of Route 168 and Lodge Road, NE of Clovis 27
11 Fresno 168 31.2 Auberry Road Northeast corner of the T intersection of Route 168 and Auberry Road 15
14 Fresno 168 R9.1 Temperance Northwest quadrant of Route 168 and Temperance Ave. 110
Fresno Coalinga Coalinga near intersection of State Route 198 and State Route 33
3 Kern 58 R59.4 Weepatch Hwy (NW) Northwest quadrant of SR 184 interchange near Bakersfield 18
4 Kern 58 R59.4 Weedpatch Hwy (SE) Southeast quadrant of SR 184 interchange near Bakersfield 18
5 Kern 99 23.9 Stockdale South side of Stockdale Hwy between Real Rd and SR 99 in Bakersfield 49
6 Kern 119 2.2 Ford City Just south of Harrison Street intersection, 1.4 mile north of Taft 22
8 Kern 155 R70.8 Lake Isabella Northwest quadrant of SR 178 interchange at Lake Isabella 11
10 Kern 99 54.5 Delano Wollomes in Delano, part of airport parking lot 25
2 Kings 43 22.3 Hanford 10th Avenue intersection 37
7 Madera 41 9.3 Madera Southwest corner of SR 145 intersection 17
12 Madera 41 1.5 Rolling Hills North of Avenue 10 on Old Route 41 61
13 Madera 41 17.9 O’Neals Southeast corner Road 200 intersection 33

 

Many carpoolers also set up informal park-and-ride lots at shopping malls or other central locations where there is a large parking lot with a great deal of vacant parking spaces on most days of the year. It is best to contact the organization that manages the lot to get their approval before you start using the lot. ValleyRides can make the contact for you. Give us a call at  (559) 441-7433!

Introductory Meeting:
Meet with your fellow carpooler(s) before the first trip to talk about schedules, personal preferences and costs.

Locations:
Select pick-up and drop-off locations that are easily accessible and safe.

Policies:
Set policies on issues such as the following:

Driving Schedules: 
Decide if you and your carpooling partner(s) will alternate the driving responsibility and if so, what schedule you will use: daily, weekly, monthly?

Sharing Expenses: 
Determine what expenses will be included, how they will be divided and when they will be paid. Oftentimes, with a large group of carpoolers the driver gets a reduced rate or rides free.

What are you really paying?
Click here to visit AAA Your Driving Costs Brochure.

Punctuality:
Decide in advance how long the driver will wait if someone is running late.

Cancellation:
Establish the proper procedure for notifying your carpooling partner(s). Then, when you are unable to carpool on a scheduled day you will have a procedure to follow.

Courtesy: 
Do not honk for your passengers in the morning or make unscheduled stops for personal errands.

Car Maintenance:
Make sure your car is kept in proper and safe operating condition.

Traffic Laws: 
Drive safely, defensively and wear your seat belts.

More tips for successful carpooling can be found here.

Emergency Ride Home Programs

At one time or another, almost everyone has to leave work early due to an unexpected emergency. Your company may have or want to develop an Emergency Ride Home program to deal with this situation. Some employers keep vehicles available or offer a rental car or a taxi. You might be able to catch a ride with another employee leaving at a similar time. You should always be aware of your options in case of a family emergency or unexpected overtime.

If you are in a vanpool that is registered with the Measure C Vanpool Program, an Emergency Ride Home Program is already available to you. Check with the company you lease your van from to make sure they are registered with the program. More information on it is available at this link.

Measure C Carpool Program

Thanks to Fresno County voters who passed the Measure C ½-cent transportation sales tax in November 2006, a new program – The Measure C Carpool Program is available to provide incentives to commuters.

PARTNERS

 

Participating Partners will help us get the word out about the Measure C Carpool Program to their employees, clients or other contacts by distributing, posting or forwarding information supplied by the Measure C Carpool staff. Participating Partners will receive recognition for their partnership throughout the year.

If your business is interested in this program, please contact us.

Measure C has continued to strive to improve our county’s transportation needs. We have come a long way, and with your help, Fresno County can reach unprecedented levels of truly becoming an eco-friendly and commuter-friendly area.