I recently moved to East Bay, where I begin my commute to Stanford Research Park, Palo Alto; where Tesla’s are like Honda Civics, every other person has one.
My commute entails crossing the Dumbarton Bridge with a $5 toll going westbound (eastbound is free).
New weekly bridge toll expense: $25
The first week after I moved in to my new apartment, I tried taking the bus (company paid for) to save on the bridge toll, but the parking lot would fill up by 6:15 AM. I’m not even awake at that time.
Luckily, a coworker mentioned Waze now has a carpooling feature.
When you open up the app, just click on the little guy waving his hand on the bottom right. There, you can enter yourself as a driver and find people looking for a ride.
I’m averaging about $5 in cash flow one way when I carpool with just one person.
If I carpool with someone 3x a week on my way to work, and 2x on the way home, I can mitigate my weekly bridge toll expense to $0.
Waze is so flexible that If I wanted to, I can make more money from my daily commute, which is something I’d be doing anyway.
Here are key things about carpooling with Waze:
- You’ll receive notifications of people around you that need a ride to and from work, and it’s up to you to accept or reject themSource: Waze
- Set how many seats are available for carpooling (I set it to one)
- Set a range of times you’re commuting to and from workSource: Waze
- Generally, you’ll pair with only people on your commute
- You can pair with people off your route and Waze will let you know how much more time will be added to your commute
- You can rate people
- You can cancel an accepted drive though this would result in a decrease to your potential matches
- Waze deposits your funds into your bank account once a month
It’s pretty cool that I found a way to help pay for my bridge toll expenses without it being inconvenient.
If you don’t have a bridge toll in your daily commute, you can carpool as a driver on Waze to help you pay for your gas, your car insurance, or help you cover maintenance. You’d be commuting anyway.
The best part about all this is I got to meet and network with some really cool people that I wouldn’t have met any other way. It beats being stuck in traffic for an hour by yourself all the time.
You can sign up as a driver or a rider here on Waze.