By Jaylene Guevara
The Rideshare Office at Cal Poly Pomona hosted a Rideshare Fair in the University Park Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives from Metro, Foothill Transit and PRIME TIME shuttle came to campus to share information about their services. In addition, the Rideshare Office took the opportunity to tell the university community more about its services.
The Rideshare Office aims to provide alternative transportation options to get students, faculty and staff to and from the university.
In order to be in the Rideshare Carpool Program, students must have a CPP parking permit. The carpool program is a simple process, but in order to obtain the Rideshare pass, people must drive up to the Rideshare Booth in Parking Lot C with one or more passengers. There is no registration process, which makes it convenient.
There are certain policies that students must follow in order to receive a carpool pass. Student Rideshare passes must be obtained daily from the Rideshare Booth, and passes are only issued from 7 a.m. to noon. In addition, students must live at least one mile away from the campus.
When it comes to the carpool program, it can be somewhat difficult to find students with matching schedules.
“One of the main challenges when it comes to the services offered is accommodating carpool partners,” said Rideshare Coordinator David Flores. “But other than that, the benefits of using Rideshare outweigh that.”
Aside from the carpool program, the Rideshare Office can accommodate the campus community’s transportation schedules to each person’s needs ” whether it is finding potential carpool partners, planning commutes by train or bus, using the Bronco Express Shuttle, providing schedules or maps and more.
The Rideshare Office has something different for everyone. There are tire pumps and free patch kits for bicycle riders, and the Bronco Shuttles that traverse campus are free and available for all. Campus community members who use the Metrolink can get free shuttle transportation to campus if they are coming from the North Pomona Metrolink station. As for buses, the office provides maps, schedules, planning assistance and 15 percent discount passes for full time students. Lastly, students can request a complimentary Metrolink ticket.
Many people assume that the Rideshare program only offers the Bronco Express Shuttle or the carpool program, but are not aware of everything else that goes on within the program.
Flores has noticed an increase of students and faculty in the program since he joined the Rideshare Office.
“I notice an increase every year,” said Flores. “Sometimes gas prices play a part and when they’re higher, people have the tendency to come to us. But when they’re lower, we still want them to continue coming to us.”
Flores urges students and faculty to make use of other services Parking and Transportation Services has to offer.
“We have other great services such as battery jumps, safety escorts and vehicle unlocks,” said Flores.
For more information regarding Rideshare services, students, faculty and staff can visit Building 109, room 130 or call (909) 869-4781.
Jairo Pineda / The Poly Post
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