In a new pitch to entice commuters to ditch their cars, Mountain View's Transportation Management Association (MTMA) is now offering a package of incentives to encourage carpooling.
The transportation group is offering discounted rides and other incentives over the next six months as part of a new deal with Waze Carpooling. Best known for its traffic navigation app, Google-owned Waze also provides a carpooling platform that connects drivers and riders.
Waze Carpooling functions much like Uber or Lyft, but with some key differences. Users have more discretion in choosing their carpool buddies. Drivers aren't supposed to make a living from chauffeuring passengers Waze drivers are limited to just two rides per day.
Under the new discount promotion, Waze is charging a flat $2 rate per carpool ride using its app. New drivers who sign up for the services will receive $20 once they complete their first carpooling trip. Waze will also give $20 in credit to any new riders who begin using the app.
The new incentives come in the wake of other promotions by MTMA to reduce solo driving. In April, the group began offering $5 discounts for shared rides using Uber or Lyft. To receive this price cut, riders must begin or end their ride in Mountain View.
As part of the new announcement, MTMA officials said they would extend the deal with Uber and Lyft through the end of 2019.
More information about the new promotions can be found at MVgo.org.