RideShare Commuting Program for Employees
The RideShare commuter program is designed for eligible Cornell employees who do not live in campus housing and share their ride to the Ithaca campus at least three times a week. This formal carpooling arrangement is available to regular (not temporary) Cornell employees receiving university benefits who work in locations where permits are required.
First, consider the costs of associated with commuting to work by yourself. You can estimate your costs at AAA’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 permits for days sharing the ride doesn’t work.
- Access to all commuter support services.
- Opportunities to increase group membership using Finger Lakes Rideshare ridematching.
- Pre-tax payroll deduction for parking fees.
- Ithaca Carshare membership discounts.
Enrolling in RideShare
When your group is ready to sign the RideShare contract, visit Transportation Services at 116 Maple Avenue; bring your current parking permits and the vehicle registrations of the cars that will be displaying the new RideShare permit.
- Choose a parking area convenient for the group (work-in-zone rules still apply).
- Designate a primary contact person; this group member will be responsible for all paperwork, and can pay the annual fee via payroll deduction.
- Register the personal vehicles that group members intend to drive and park on campus
- Turn in individual parking permits, or relinquish OmniRide bus privileges.
- Complete and agree to the terms of the RideShare contract: .
- Receive one permit to use among the participant’s vehicles.
- Receive occasional-use, one day permits to share among the group for days commuting doesn’t work. Groups receive one less allottment of permits than there are participants with registered vehicles.
- Continue to have access to TCAT buses in Zone 1, Monday – Friday.
The group will have 30 days to decide whether or not RideShare works for them.
- Participants must be regular full- or part-time Cornell employees receiving university benefits, or affiliates.
- Participants must share their ride to Cornell at least 3 days a week, and all members must work at least 4 hours during the time period that permits are required (7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday).
- Group members must work in an area of campus where a Cornell parking permit is required. Campus residents are not eligible for the RideShare program.
- Only the primary contact person is eligible to pay the discounted annual permit fee via pre-tax payroll deduction. The permit fee can also be pre-paid via cash, check, or credit card.
- The group may request occasional-use permits within distribution periods: July – December; January – June.
- Group members must register their personal vehicles with the university, and keep the information current at all times.
- Any citation fines associated with vehicles registered to RideShare participants must be paid in full before the RideShare permit will be renewed.
- The RideShare contract must be completed annually, in June. Renewal paperwork and annual permits are sent to the primary contact person.
- All members of the group must meet eligibilty requirements throughout the program year, or the permit can be recalled.