Ridesharing & Carsharing
Cornell Rideshare Incentive Program
Emergency Ride Home
Rideshare is a Cornell-facilitated program for employees to regularly share rides to and from work, or for other purposes. Carsharing is using a single vehicle for many riders. Cornell University has partnered with Ithaca CarShare to provide discounted memberships to our local carshare program.
What are the benefits?
Save Money, Save Time, Save Carbon
Ridesharing and carsharing are two great ways to reduce the number of cars on the road while saving money. Cornell University encourages staff, faculty, and students to use these methods for commuting and business travel, and signing up for the Rideshare program on campus comes with a 30 day risk free trial. Cornell also provides numerous support services to give you flexibility when you rideshare, such as Emergency Ride, on-campus transit from parking areas, and Family Care. Here are some of the main benefits:
- Cut your carbon footprint in half
Contribute to reducing your personal carbon footprint, and the carbon footprint of Cornell. 1/3 of our current carbon emissions come from business travel and commuting to and from the campus for work or school. If the average driver could reduce their vehicle miles by just 25 miles per week, they could save 1,500 lbs of CO2 a year. Calculate your own environmental impact reduction.
- Save on Cornell campus permit fees
Ride free on TCAT buses when traveling among Cornell’s Ithaca facilities via the OmniRide Program
- Save $1,000/year on reduced car maintenance and travel fees
Besides sharing parking permit costs, there are numerous benefits to sharing rides and vehicles. Save money, save time, and reduce carbon emissions. One third of Cornell’s carbon emissions come from business commuting and travel.
Discounts on auto insurance
Find a Rideshare Buddy
is an online network board available to anyone in the Finger Lakes for commuting or occasional ridesharing. The portal has a specific area for Cornell University employees to connect with each other for ridesharing. (This program was formerly called "Zimride")
Benefits of ridesharing
- Cornell RideShare Program for Employees
- Emergency Ride Home
- Finger Lakes Rideshare
Rideshare is a Cornell Transportation Services program to incentivize reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles traveling to campus.
Eligible employees can share their commute and receive free or discounted parking permits. Share your ride to campus with at least one other person a few days a week, and you could be eligible for several perks!
The Rideshare program helps over 1,500 eligible employees save on parking permit costs, and many qualify for free parking. Members turn in their individual parking permits and receive one permit for which all of their vehicles are listed. The Rideshare parking permit can include up to six vehicles and may be used in any group member’s car. Fees can be shared equally, but all members of the Rideshare must be regular Cornell employees receiving university benefits and work in locations where permits are required.
Free Perimeter Parking Passes
Employees who sign up for Rideshare are eligible for free in-perimeter zones. Free J permit if you drive with three or more people. Eligible groups can receive occasional use permits, giving you the flexibility you need.
- Emergency Ride
If a personal emergency arises during the workday and you need to get to your car, home, or to a sick child, call 607-255-4600. We’ll get you where you need to go from 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Please note that this service is available only when the university is open and operating normally and is not for weather-related closings or emergencies, unscheduled overtime, or appointments.
- Sharing Rides Around Town or Beyond
Finger Lakes Rideshare (previously known as Zimride).
First, consider the costs of associated with commuting to work by yourself. You can estimate your costs at commute solution's website, or using one of the many available commute calculators on the web.
Next, consider the benefits of sharing the ride to work with a neighbor, co-worker, or family member. One of the most obvious benefits of sharing the ride to the Cornell campus is the opportunity to share the cost of a parking permit. Other RideShare benefits include:
A 30-day risk-free trial period.
- Discounted parking fees.
- Savings on commuting and fuel costs.
- Flexible parking options.
- Occasional-use, one day permitsf or days sharing the ride doesn’t work.
- Access to all commuter support services.
- Pre-tax payroll deduction for parking fees.
- Ithaca Carshare membership discounts.
Carsharing is a great way to enhance community access to transportation and mobility while reducing negative environmental and economic impacts. Carsharing is a great solution for reducing wear and tear on your vehicle, or for individuals who don’t own vehicles but occasionally need a car to get around. By increasing carsharing, we eliminate the need for individuals to own multiple or even single vehicles, thereby making the cost lower for all and reducing emissions. What if we all used vehicles shared between neighbors, employees, or communities?
- Free Ithaca Carshare Membership
Cornell employees enrolled in the OmniRide program receive a discounted Just in Case membership or a discounted It’s My Car membership to Ithaca Carshare.
- Discounted Ithaca Carshare Membership
Other employees are eligible for Ithaca Carshare discounts.
- Student Ithaca Carshare Membership
Cornell students are eligible for free or discounted Ithaca Carshare memberships
Ithaca Carshare Locations on Campus
Available to faculty, staff, and students with a membership> >Four locations on the Cornell campus make it easy to pick up a carshare vehicle with Ithaca Carshare. Four additional carshare locations in Collegetown and neighborhoods around the Cornell campus make it even easier to find a vehicle. Find all of the vehicles on the Ithaca Carshare map, or our Campus Sustainability Map.
Cornell Employees: On-Campus Cars
Humphreys Service Building Employees Only Transportation Services currently operates a carshare at the Humphreys Service Building (HSB) for employees requiring transportation for Cornell business. The HSB fleet consists of two all-electric vehicles and three hybrid vehicles. The average travel distance for these vehicles is six miles, so all four vehicles are typically operated as completely electric vehicles.