Carpooling and Ride-sharing

Carpooling and ride-sharing is a great way to travel to and from UBC
4 men standing in front of a minivan
Carpooling services and apps now make it easier to organize your own carpool (Photo credit: Poparide and Vancouver Courier)

Ride-sharing, or carpooling, provides people with an easy way to save money, lessen your environmental impact and reduce the stress of commuting. Sharing rides helps to reduce traffic confestion and can even help you get to where you need to go faster by using HOV lanes.

Not to be confused with car sharing and ride-hailing services, carpooling organizations help private car owners find passenger matches with the same route & schedule to share car journeys. 

Explore the services offered below or set up a carpool of your own. Please note that UBC does not endorse any of the third parties listed in this web page.

Carpooling Services

gobyRIDE

gobyRIDE offers an affordable way for everyone to travel and provides trip matching for single trips. The more people in the car-the cheaper the journey. The app connects users with available drivers and passengers across the region. Drivers post their trip with a desired origin, destination, and travel time and can offer rides to passengers. Passengers can also request rides with drivers based on proximity to their travel route and personal preferences.  

Visit gobyRIDE.com for more information and to download the app.

Liftango

Liftango provides an employee exclusive carpooling service and is offering free sign up to organizations (including businesses, universities and public institutions) to provide real-time carpool solutions at no mandatory cost to employees or students. This service is available to anyone in the UBC community with a ubc.ca e-mail address wanting to experience a stress-free, painless way to commute to UBC everyday or even a few times a week.   

To learn more visit liftango.com/vancouver-carpool

Poparide

Poparide provides carpooling for people to share longer trips, commuting within sub-urban corridors, and  larger cities. Popular travel corridors are the Fraser Valley area and between Whistler/Squamish and Vancouver. Members can book and post trips directly via Poparide’s mobile app and all payments are processed securely online.

Visit poparide.com for more information and to download the app.

Set Up Your Own Carpool

Here are a few resources and tips to help set up a carpool for your workplace or class. 

  1. Download the sample carpool sign-up template (doc) to help coordinate carpools. Identify who already drives to campus and who may have space in their vehicle, as well as potential pick-up/drop-off times and locations.
  2. Print out a regional map and ask people who are interested in carpooling to place sticky dots to represent where they live. You can ask for nearest intersection to place of residence to avoid privacy concerns. Carpoolers can then self-organize with others who live in their area. Sample downloadable maps: Metro Vancouver | Vancouver
  3. Talk to potential carpoolers to discuss logistics. Compensation is going to be different for everyone, but a toonie each way could go a long way for the driver if they fill their cars.