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A new Web-based matching service for carpooling.

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The eco-friendly, econo-friendly, employee-friendly ride to work. From left, Rachel Lee, Kristine Van Workum and Rajashree Pakala.

Although it’s difficult to say how many Hopkins employees are sharing rides to work since carpoolworld.com was implemented here last fall, about 340 have registered on the site. And there’s been a threefold increase in the number of carpool parking passes issued by Parking and Transportation Services, which used to manually match up interested parties according to ZIP code.

“The new carpool matching service has made my life a lot easier,” says Neil Marshall, director of parking and transportation.

To use the service, faculty, staff and students register under their Hopkins-affiliated e-mail addresses and enter information about their personal commuting needs. Then the system sends matches according to work schedules and ZIP codes.

“We know that all our employees are looking for ways to cut expenses,” says Pamela Paullk, health system vice president for human resources. “Carpooling is a great way to save on gas and parking costs, and it helps the environment.”

Although clinical dietitian Rachel Lee found her riders the old-fashioned way five years ago, she is still enthusiastic about carpooling. Her colleagues long ago became friends.

Lee formed her carpool during her first days on the job at Hopkins Hospital. She was driving solo from her home in Columbia and occasionally getting lost. “It was a big hospital and I felt alone,” says the South Korea native. “I found out that one of my colleagues lived 10 minutes from me in Howard County, and we decided to ride in together.”

Lee says the key to successful carpooling is coordination. She makes up the weekly schedules and works in special requests, such as a drop-off at the airport to save on long-term parking. Time management also is important.

“Everyone has to be punctual and leave together from the office,” she says. “After 4 or 4:30, we’ll end up stuck in traffic.”      

Info: carpoolworld.com/hopkinsmedicine or 410-614-3420.


—Janet Anderson

 

 

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