Carpooling During COVID-19

Tips for Employees/Commuters

  • Protect Yourself and Others: Wear face coverings while in the vehicle.
  • Limit Carpool Size: Limit carpools to no more than one person per row of seats to create as much physical distance as possible in the car.
  • Reduce Exposure: Efforts should be made to ride with the same people each day and avoid “drop in” riders.
  • Limit Physical Contact: Carpoolers should not have any physical contact with one another and should maintain appropriate physical distancing when entering and exiting the vehicle. Require passengers to sit diagonally from each other.
  • Set Boundaries: Consider establishing a “Quiet Ride” policy with riders. By promising to reduce the amount of conversation had within the vehicle, less virus particulates will be released into the air. Ask riders if they have experienced symptoms in the past 24 hours or if they have been in contact with someone who has before getting into the shared vehicle.
  • Ensure Quality Airflow: When possible, keep the vehicle’s windows closed and run the HVAC system instead.

Tips for Employers

  • Tips for Employers Provide Ridematching: Participate in a local or regional carpool ridematching program that can help employees identify potential carpool partners based on origin, destination, and work schedule. Check out Go! Vermont.
  • Consider Organized Carpooling: Explore working with a carpooling organization that may provide ridematching, contactless payment options, and traceability to maximize the program’s impacts.
  • Issue a Manager’s Discussion Guide: Understanding your employees’ commuting concerns is key to unlocking employee sentiment on your organization’s commuter plans. Set your managers up for success to have conversations on commute preferences with their team members to spread the word on carpooling options. Prioritize Carpool Parking: Provide low or no-cost preferential parking that incentivizes the use of carpooling.

This guidance is complied from resources developed by The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) and CDC to inform employers, commuters, and communities on how we can all get back to the workplace safely and efficiently.