TravelSmart: Carpool Matching
If you are trying to find fellow staff or students who may be interested in starting a carpool group, we encourage you to set up a free account with Metro Rideshare. Once you identify and confirm your carpool partner(s), you and your group can sign up for TravelSmart.
Metro Rideshare is an online program that allows you to create a personal profile and find other UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, and Clarkson College staff and students who are interested in carpooling and have similar situations and preferences (e.g., live within close proximity, same preferred carpool days and departure times, etc.).
TravelSmart participants can register for Metro Rideshare by creating an account with your UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, or Clarkson College email address. Once you have logged in, you can post a ride with information on where you are leaving from, when you travel to and from campus, which days you do so, and other information. Metro Rideshare will match you with other people traveling to and from campus that live close to you and leave at approximately the same time.
It is your choice on whether or not you choose to communicate with or ride with the Metro Rideshare match(es). You can also enter personal information to increase the likelihood of a successful match–what kind of music do you like to listen to, is smoking allowed in your car, are pets ever inside, etc. Rides can be posted for carpools/repeating trips or single trips if you need to travel to a meeting or other event. All rides posted will only be visible to other Nebraska Medicine, UNMC, and Clarkson College employees and students. If you choose, you can change your profile to match with people not coming to the Med Center.
If you are unable to find a carpool partner or have considered other forms of active transportation Metro Rideshare has additional features that may be able to help you with that as well:
- Walking partner
- Cycling partner
- Bus mentor (an experienced rider that will help you navigate the system)
- Commute calendar for logging (you can win prizes!)
- Vanpool options
- Free mobile app
To register for free, please visit MetroRideShare.org and click on the link in the upper right part of the screen.
You may notice the top of the page is cobranded with MAPA (Metro Area Planning Agency) which is the regional council that serves Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa as well as the Iowa Department of Transportation. The web address may also contain “IowaRideShare”. This platform is a partnership between the two groups and will allow greater functionality for all users.
This platform replaces the previous version, which you may have known as Zimride.
If you run into any snags while trying to use Metro RideShare, you can contact MAPA for support by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact us at TravelSmart@unmc.edu and at 402.559.8580 (ext. 3)
Frequently Asked Questions about Metro RideShare and other TravelSmart details.
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