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Carpooling & Car-sharing

Surrey staff in a carpool.

Ride-sharing is the smarter travel option that cuts greenhouse gas emissions, reduces congestion on Surrey roads, and sends money into our local economy by spending money on things other than fuel.

How carpool works

Use Jack Bell Rideshare to find someone who's going your way. Your company or organization can have its own secondary ride-matching site, too. The Jack Bell Rideshare, operated by the Jack Bell Foundation, is a registered charitable BC Society funded by TransLink and BC Transit, and designed to exclusively provide BC's online ride-sharing.

If you plan to carpool to a Park & Ride lot, learn about Translink's Park & Ride Carpool Program.

Tips for your carpool ride

  • Settle on carpool costs and pay dates. Set a fare based on fuel, maintenance and parking costs.
  • Be on time. Set a time schedule, choose pickup points, and decide how long to wait.
  • Don't stop. Save your trips to the grocery store and drycleaners for the weekend.
  • Make a backup plan. Set a plan if someone's sick, especially if your carpool has more than 1 driver.
  • Exchange contact information. Check that everyone has a copy of home, work or cell phone numbers.
  • Get insurance. Protect yourself with liability insurance of at least $1,000,000, as well as underinsured motorist protection. These are a good investment and cost only a few dollars more each year. We recommended you notify your insurance provider of your intent to carry passengers.
  • Maintain your vehicle. A poorly maintained car can consume between 15 and 50% more fuel than one that's properly maintained.
  • Think about the details. Don't wear too much perfume and cologne, many people are sensitive to smell.
  • Use common sense. Put the tall people in the front, short people in the back.
  • Decide on radio use, smoking policies and other concerns before you start carpooling.

How Car-sharing works

Sign up for car-sharing to get a vehicle when you need it, without having the trouble and ongoing costs of owning and maintaining a car. Jump on transit, walk, or go cycling to get to Surrey's car-sharing sites. Then, use your car-share car for the rest of your trip. Use modo's car map to find a vehicle near you.

Most car-sharing companies work the same way:

  1. Reserve a car-sharing car for when, where and how long you'll need it.
  2. Use the car to do chores, go to school, or get to work.
  3. Return the car to a designated spot.
  4. Get charged on your credit card by the minute or by the kilometre, depending on the company.