Policies and Engagement

Encourage Employees to Carpool

What Is It?

Employers can encourage carpooling or vanpooling through subsidies, resources that enable easy ridesharing, and preferential parking. Apps or a company intranet can make it easier for employees who live near one another to connect. Subsidies and preferential parking (any dedicated on- or off-street parking spaces allocated to vehicles used for carpooling--and often located ina  superior location such as near the workplace entrance, under shelter, etc.) can incentivize employees to choose carpooling as opposed to driving alone.


Carpools reduce an organization’s environmental impact because they decrease the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting to a given workplace. Additionally, this practice could lead to cost-savings for the business because the need for additional parking will decrease as the number of carpooling vehicles increases. 

Regulatory Impacts and Requirements

Section 7.16 of the 310 CMR 7.00: Air Pollution Control Regulations (the Massachusetts Rideshare Regulation) requires the following organizations to develop plans and set goals for reducing commuter drive-alone trips by 25%:

  • Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters
  • Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable commuters
  • Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are also subject to the Massachusetts Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C)


Financing Options, Incentives, and Rebates