The Atlanta Regional Commission encourages the use of alternate transportation in the Atlanta area through use of the RideSmart computerized database which provides a regional confidential ride matching service. This service matches commuters who live and/or work in the Atlanta area with possible carpools, as well vanpools.
The RideSmart program uses an applicant’s home and work address, along with work hours, to match up with others who live and work in the same vicinity and have similar work hours, to form or join an existing car or van pool. Interested persons can apply for this ride matching assistance by calling a toll-free hotline, RideSmart, 1-877-433-3463.
Safety Tips for Carpoolers
- Don’t give out personal information when seeking or joining a carpool, other than name, address and emergency telephone numbers.
- Consider limiting gender preferences in your search.
- Verify that other carpoolers all have valid drivers licenses, license plates, auto insurance, and vehicle registrations.
- Take a friend and have a meeting with carpoolers in public location before joining to “meet and greet” and to establish ground rules regarding driving schedules, sharing of expenses, and to discuss other potential issues like smoking, eating, drinking, and music in the vehicles.
- Ask other carpoolers for references and driving records (tickets, DUIs, etc.).
- Discuss alternate plans with carpool when designated driver is unable to drive on scheduled days, either to or from work.
- Meet carpool at mutually acceptable public location.
- Consider a “trial period” with carpool to ensure all are comfortable with the arrangement.
- Use common sense and trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
Clayton State University (CSU) provides a computer link on its Public Safety website to the Atlanta Regional Commission’s RideSmart commuter service, as well as a link on the CSU Swan Portal to an internal commuter service bulletin board, for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in carpooling. However, CSU assumes no responsibility for any errors, omissions, delays, damages, and/or injuries that may occur due to participation in these commuter services or due to use of either website/web link. CSU assumes no liability whatsoever for the loss or damage to any vehicle and/or its contents, or for injury to or death of any person, which may arise in the course of, in connection with, or as a result of participation in these commuter services, including, without limitation, vehicle accidents, driving infractions and incidents involving carpoolers and including loss or injury of any nature which may arise from use of the website/web links, including loss or misuse of private/personal identification or information. CSU is neither responsible for ensuring the quality or licensing of drivers that meet each other through either service, nor for ensuring that vehicles are road worthy and/or properly insured. Users of these website/web links or the commuter services proceed at their own risk.