What is Gopher-A-Ride Together?
Gopher-A-Ride Together is an Innovation Grant-funded effort to make carpooling to and from campus safe and convenient for our community. This program features:
- Specially designated carpool parking spaces in the Hoffberger, Van Meter, Alumni House, Dorsey Center, and Recreation Center lots;
- Funds (up to $25 per participant per year) to compensate for an emergency ride home, if needed;
- An easy-to-use participant registration system that allows interested parties to form their own carpools; and
- A free window cling and coffee mug to participants in all registered carpools.
Participating in Gopher-A-Ride is beneficial for you, others in the Goucher community, and even the global community.
- Save money on gas.
- Help the economy by reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
- Relieve crowding in campus parking lots—and become eligible to park in a specially designated carpool spot.
- Impact the environment in a positive way—reduce your carbon footprint.
- Gain usable time as a passenger rather than a driver.
- Make new friends.
- Receive a Gopher-A-Ride window cling and coffee mug for registering your carpool.
How does the program work?
- View current carpool listings to see if there is a carpool that fits your needs.
- If not, Submit your own carpool listing
- Participants use this information to contact others and set up carpools.
- Register your carpool with the Office of Safety and Security.
- When you register, you will receive a coffee mug and window cling that will allow your carpool to use the designated carpool spots.
How do I assemble a successful carpool?
- Consider where you’ll meet. Park-and-Ride lots are excellent choices because the lots are generally well-lighted, monitored by law enforcement, and located next to major roads and highways. For a list of Maryland Park-and-Ride sites, click here. For a list of Pennsylvania sites, click here.
- Indicate flexibility when you consider your days and hours.
- Think “outside the box.” A carpool may not be feasible five days a week. However, if it is feasible two days a week, that’s one day you don’t have to drive!
- Be patient and accommodating. Designate “time windows” for leaving from the meeting spot AND for leaving work.
- Communicate! If the “time window” needs to be adjusted one day, let your fellow carpoolers know in advance!
- Use technology. Exchange e-mail, cell phone, and home phone numbers.
- Be courteous. Don’t play music too loudly, eat garlic bagels in the car, etc.
- Develop an emergency plan, should a carpool member need to leave early.