Rather than driving alone, consider ridesharing. Ridesharing reduces the number of cars on the road making for lighter rush hour traffic, reducing pollution, and reducing the need for and cost of parking. The benefits to reducing the number of cars on the road is tremendous, and sharing a vehicle with others or using one of the many regional vanpools is a great way to help continue reducing traffic congestion.
Carpool: Commuter Account
Find a carpool by using Metro Transit's free online matching tool that connects you with others who are traveling the same direction and time. To use the tool, you must create a free commuter account. Once you create an account, you’ll be entered into a regional ridematching database. If you don’t find a match at first, keep checking. People like you are added every day.
A free commuter account also allows you to track your trips through Metro Transit's Trip Tracker. If you log at least one trip per month, (other than driving by yourself) you’re automatically entered into a monthly $100 gift card drawing.
MnPASS are express lanes located in the Twin Cities Metro that help maintain traffic flow, reduce congestion and give drivers a safe and reliable commute. Transit buses, carpools with two or more people and motorcycles can use the express lanes for free. If you are a regular carpooler, you do not need to sign up to use the lanes.
Vanpool: Metro Vanpool
Metro Vanpool is a regional program subsidized by the Met Council. Participants must live or work in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington Counties. Vans are leased monthly to the vanpool's primary driver. Vans must carry a minimum of five people (including the driver) who share the ride at least three days a week. Vanpool routes must not duplicate regular bus routes, light rail or Northstar Line service. The average cost is $110 per month for each participant.