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NEW! 511NY Rideshare Ridematching
511NY Rideshare's ridematching service
focuses on matching drivers and riders. Using
our growing database of thousands of travelers, we can help match
you with people who have similar starting and destination locations
and who have similar travel schedules. 511NY
Rideshare matches travelers for potential carpools, vanpools,
bike buddies, and transit options. Need help? Call 511 and say "Rideshare."
Out of state travelers call 888-GO511NY (888-465-1169), select a
region (Hudson Valley/Catskills, Long Island, New York City Metro)
and then say "Rideshare." We are available to help Monday
through Friday, 8:30a.m. - 6:00p.m. EST.
Carpooling can be done on a full or part-time basis. Since two or three commuters travel together, it's a great camaraderie builder. The best candidates work set hours or can adjust their schedules to accommodate the carpool. Participants are able to split costs, share driving and save their personal vehicles from wear and tear.
Vanpools are usually a bit more structured than carpools, and are generally comprised of commuters who live farther from the workplace. Groups of seven to fifteen ride together, and ideally work fixed hours.
Taking the bus can provide a convenient, low-cost commute for employees. MetroPool will advise bus-riding candidates of the best routes to travel, connect them with the appropriate transit operator and provide schedules for distribution at the workplace.
The train is a reliable commute choice and a relaxing alternative to driving. Public transit shuttles from home or area park-and-ride lots and between the train station and major employment areas provide excellent access to the train for many area commuters.
Bicycling and Walking
Too simple? Perhaps. But it's not uncommon for people to drive to work even if they live within walking distance. Walking and biking become popular choices that, when combined, can significantly expand your free time. This is an ideal commute option for work sites that are equipped with showers and lockers. MetroPool can help you find a biking or walking buddy to join you on your commute.
Compressed Work Week
With a compressed work week, employees get one day off every week or they work nine days every two weeks. They make up the time on the days they're in the office. For certain types of businesses, the compressed work week comes with built-in advantages. Customer service hours can be extended and communication with customers or facilities in different time zones improves relationships. The four-day work week is also a great morale builder.
For certain businesses, the "virtual office" has already become a reality. A well-organized, experienced and motivated employee with some portable tasks and a phone line is all it takes to increase productivity and reduce overhead expenses. Telecommuters usually work from home one to three days per week.