Universities Offer Rideshare

In first partnerships through Zimride, USF and UCF make ride sharing more convenient, social.


By Vickie Chachere

USF.edu News Manager


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 23, 2010)  - In an effort to create more carpooling options on campus and around the state of Florida, two universities have partnered to provide more ridesharing opportunities for their communities.


The University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida have begun a partnership through their private rideshare network, Zimride. This partnership gives each school’s Zimride users the option of sharing their ride information with both secure networks, which will increase their number of ride matches.

“This new option will help our students match up with more rides across the state, and save money,” said Julie Bond, USF’s Transportation Manager.  “Anyone traveling west on I-4 can offer a ride to UCF students and split the travel costs.”

Zimride uses Facebook integration and Google Maps to provide students, staff and faculty with an easy way to find and share rides with one another. As a social network platform, Zimride’s program allows users to easily find friends, classmates and colleagues that are driving the same direction.


To participate in the “community” of commuters, Zimride users must have a USF NetID to use the service at http://zimride.usf.edu/. UCF’s Zimride page is at http://zimride.ucf.edu/.


Just like with Facebook, Zimriders can view profiles for common networks, interests and friends before deciding to share a ride. Participants create profiles that show their favorite in-car music, radio stations and even smoking preferences to ensure an enjoyable ride.


This alternative to riding alone is a fun, easy and cost-saving solution that demonstrates how area universities can work together to create a new form of sustainable transportation, Bond said.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, transportation accounts for over 15 percent of household expenditures, much of which is attributed to driving alone. Ridesharing on a daily commute or on longer one-time trips will substantially reduce the costs of transportation.

Zimride is the largest online social rideshare community in North America with more than 350,000 users.  Zimride has implemented private rideshare communities for more than 50 of the nation’s leading universities and companies including Stanford, UCLA, University of Michigan, Cornell University, Wal-Mart and CIGNA.


Vickie Chachere can be reached at 813-974-6251.