SU, ESF launch RideShare program

A dynamic new program open to Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students, faculty and staff will help people connect and share rides for free.

The new RideShare online program encourages group commute as an alternative to single-occupant vehicles, as well as matching up people to bike, walk and travel together.

The program offers a secure online registration at no cost to members of the SU and ESF communities.

RideShare, developed in Canada in 1980, uses geocoding technology to search for matches along a route, from an origin point to a destination and allows users to set the rules for their searches.

""For several years, SU has been searching for an online carpool system, so we are excited to launch Syracuse RideShare," says Darya Rotblat, director of SU's Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. "We feel that it will meet the needs of all of our students, faculty and staff, promote sustainable travel and allow students to connect with one another for one-time trips home and to other locations."

Another sustainable transportation offered through SU, the Zipcar car-sharing program, is now in its fourth year of availability to the SU community.

An overall goal of these programs is to help relieve the burden of fuel and commuting costs, while also reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released through daily campus travel.

To register with Syracuse RideShare, visit syracuserideshare.syr.edu or call the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services at 443-5489 for more information.

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