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Carpooling

Share the ride, and share the cost of commuting! Even if you carpool with just one other person, you can greatly reduce your expenses.  Did you know that GreenTrips offers free ridematching services? Go to igreentrip.org and click "Find Trip Partners" to find buddies to carpool with. Together we can save money, time, and the environment while reducing traffic congestion.

Where to Pool
Unique Features
Tips for Starting a Pool
Share the Road Tips
Gas Saving Tips


Where to Pool

Whether it’s a trip you take every day, once a week, or once in awhile, there’s a chance someone who lives or works near you wants to go there too and would be happy to share the ride. Here’s a list of places you might go on a regular basis to get you thinking about potential carpool trips:

  • Work
  • School
  • Child’s school or after school activities
  • Grocery store
  • Restaurant
  • Place of worship
  • Outdoor adventure area – mountain, river, rock wall, lake
  • Metropolitan area – Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Birmingham

Groome Transportation provides shuttle service from Chattanooga to Atlanta and Nashville. Take a trip with Groome that starts or ends in Chattanooga, and log your trip on igreentrip.org as carpooling. To learn about companies that provide region to region transit services, click here.

Unique Features

CARTA park and ride lots are also available for carpoolers. Click here to see a map of the following park and ride locations:

  • Northgate Mall
  • Stockdale’s on North Point Boulevard
  • Rivermont Presbyterian Church
  • Eastgate Town Center
  • Highway 58 in front of United Grocery Outlet
  • Highway 58 in front of Captain D’s Restaurant
  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
  • Bi-Lo on East Brainerd Road at Jenkins Road
  • Concord Baptist Church on East Brainerd Road

Tips for Starting a Pool

Thinking about carpooling, but not sure how to get started? Get the most out of your carpool with twelve basic tips:

  1. Meet prospective carpoolers at a public place like a coffee shop to discuss details and ensure you are compatible.
  2. Determine your route and schedule. Establish the morning pickup point(s) and decide where you will meet for the trip home.
  3. Draw up a schedule for driving responsibilities. If all members of your carpool alternate driving, decide among yourselves if you want to alternate on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
  4. Establish a method for reimbursing driving expenses. If all members of your carpool do not share the driving equally, come to an understanding of how the costs will be shared and agree on payment dates.
  5. Be punctual. Decide how long the driver is expected to wait. When home pickups are utilized, do not disturb everyone in the neighborhood by honking if a rider is running a few minutes late.
  6. Establish policies regarding smoking or nonsmoking; music and volume; food and drinks. Your carpool will have a better chance of success if possible irritants are discussed early on.
  7. Decide if your carpool is only for commuting to and from work, or if you allow shopping or errand runs.
  8. Establish a chain of communication. Exchange cell phone numbers and email addresses.
  9. Create a backup plan in case a driver is ill, oversleeps, has mechanical problems, or will not be going to work one day. An alternate driver should be notified as soon as possible to ensure that other members of the carpool will have a ride.
  10. Drive carefully and keep the vehicle in good repair. This includes keeping the vehicle clean and safe. Respect the health, safety, and comfort of your carpool partners. There should be no excuse for excessive speed, use of alcohol, or reckless maneuvers.
  11. Respect your fellow carpooler's wishes, especially in the morning when some people need a peaceful, quiet start to the day.
  12. If you lose a member of your carpool, go to iGreenTrip.org to try and find a replacement. Email GreenTrips at greentrips@chattanooga.gov if you have any questions!


Share the Road Tips

  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit, especially in residential areas where your neighbors, their children, and their pets might be in the street.
  • Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Look actively for pedestrians, especially:
    • When turning
    • When passing a bus – passengers may be trying to rush across the street to catch the bus or pass in front of the bus after exiting
    • When passing another vehicle – the vehicle might be yielding to pedestrians and blocking them from your view
    • Behind bushes and parked cars that can hide them from sight
    • Children, elderly, and disabled pedestrians
  • Keep at least three feet between your vehicle and a bicyclist when passing. It’s state law in Tennessee and Georgia.
  • Be aware that pedestrians may stumble and bicyclists might fall. Accidents do happen, and you can keep them from becoming even worse by keeping enough distance between your vehicle and the cyclist or pedestrian in case of an accident.
  • When parking on-street, look before opening your door. Hitting a bicyclist with a car door can cause traumatic injury.
  • Avoid the right hook. Look actively for bicyclists to your right and in your blind spot before turning right.
  • Avoid the left hook. Look actively for bicyclists approaching from the opposite direction before turning left.
  • Anticipate that bicyclists in front of you may have to weave to avoid objects that car tires can roll over easily. A pot hole in the lane or gravel on a shoulder may cause a cyclist to change direction suddenly.